I’m in the middle of a variety of writing work, applications for summer law jobs, and figuring out my new HTC Touch Pro (best phone in the world, btw.) My writing projects are for a variety of venues, which of course require different treatments and styles.
But in the midst of these, one question has been bugging me. What is my “voice”? Do you know yours? Different genres require different styles and approaches, but is it possible to keep the same “voice” within all of them?
The inquiry came to mind when I contacted a colleague for advice on writing for another country. He gave me some tips and then reminded me not to lose my distinctive writing “voice” in the process.
This, of course, sent me off to ponder exactly what *is* my distinctive voice. I’m open to opinions. I’m interested in in-depth discussions and the exchange of ideas. And I’m willing to admit that I don’t know all the answers.
I think I’m re-developing my writing voice. I can identify aspects of it. I have a sarcastic tone at times, in others I lean toward comedically tragic, sometimes introspective, sometimes casual, elegant… But I can’t quite put my finger on exactly what it is…
What about you? If you’re a writer or even if you write as a hobby, do you know your personal style, your writing “voice”? This can apply to other professions, also. Photographers certainly have a style to their work. I’ve heard that programmers can have a “style” to their projects, a telltale signature left behind in the coding. Has your style changed over the years?
Some fields of writing lend themselves more to personal style than others. Magazine articles of any topic, columns, blogs, screenwriting, books – these all hinge on an author’s voice. But what about technical writing?
And my last question… Would you change your voice if a job required it? Have you ever done so?
Interesting questions to ponder… I’m still answering mine.