The Single Most Vital Element to Your Author Voice


There’s always a discussion about author voice, and how to create your own unique approach to it and how it should be accomplished.

While there are several opinions, there is a reason there isn’t a singular answer, it’s because it is determined by what you write, and you should be writing what you love. Don’t believe me? Listen to the voice of Charles Bukowski in this advertisement. Sure, it’s a pretty shameless way to plug whiskey, as it just puts a series of intriguing imagery set to amazing voice over and music, and then tries to tie it in to the product with exceedingly little justification. However, that shouldn’t stop you from hearing the pertinence of his words. Big thanks must be sent to fellow writer Alex Fairbanks for sharing this, where it was discovered and consequently placed on The Writer’s Conquest.

For example, I loved Michael Crichton as a kid. His writing opened up my reading experience to a new level. As a result, my work is influenced by him, but not defined by him. Allow the reading that changes you seep into your writing consciousness and formulate your own voice. Embrace what you love, understand that not everyone will like what you write. The second you try to please everyone will be the moment your writing will accomplish nothing. If you want to read it, write it.

What’s the book you want to read, but cannot find because no one has written it? How are you making it a reality? Chime in with the comments section. The conversation’s always live on Twitter @ThomasAFowler, and keep checking my official website for the latest updates. Thanks so much for taking on the Writer’s Conquest.

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