Trust the Power of Your Own Voice

Publish date:

The Writer's Book of Wisdom

Recall those books you love, from poetry to historical accounts, and think about the narrator's voice.

Image placeholder title

It's what draws you in, an establishment of trust through keen language. Think Huck Finn. Think Holden Caulfield.

Of you many concerns about the craft, the least is voice. You hear a young writer say, "I'm trying to find my narrative voice." How silly. What he just said was in his narrative voice. Write like you talk.

Or imitate someone else. You can read an author for an hour or so and experience the "imitative impulse," where the sound of that voice actually shapes the style of your thoughts. And you find that your writing may sound like whomever you're reading. Melville sounds like Shakespeare in Moby Dick because he was steeped in the Bard's plays at the time.

You could do worse than sounding like Shakespeare.

Your models, however should be living writers, and we are blessed with so many first-rate stylists today. Pick one. And challenge yourself to work that well.


Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Relying on Perfect Conditions to Write

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake writers make is relying on perfect conditions to write.

writer's digest wd presents

WD Presents: Contest Deadline Announcement and a Flash Fiction Challenge

This week, we’re excited to announce the deadline for our Self-Published Book Awards, the guidelines for the upcoming Flash Fiction Challenge, and more!


For the Travel and Nature Writer: Keeping Your Mind Sharp and Words Insightful

Dr. Caitlin O'Connell shares some insight for travel and nature writers, including how travel helps keep your mind sharp and words insightful, whether you're writing fiction, nonfiction, sports, politics, or something else entirely.


Olga Grushin: The No Man's Land Between Genres

Award-winning author Olga Grushin discusses what it meant to wade into a new genre and how she put her spin on the fairy tale retelling.

Poetic Forms

Rannaigecht Mor Gairit: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the rannaigecht mor gairit, a variant form of the rannaigecht.


The Writer, The Inner Critic, & The Slacker

Author and writing professor Alexander Weinstein explains the three parts of a writer's psyche, how they can work against the writer, and how to utilize them for success.


Todd Stottlemyre: On Mixing and Bending Genres

Author Todd Stottlemyre explains how he combined fiction and nonfiction in his latest book and what it meant as a writer to share his personal experiences.


Plot Twist Story Prompts: Take a Trip

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character take a trip somewhere.


Making the Switch from Romance to Women’s Fiction

In this article, author Jennifer Probst explains the differences between romance and women's fiction, the importance of both, and how you can make the genre switch.