Be yourself—Write what comes to your mind. Tell a story, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction. Talk to your audience — whether that’s one person or a crowd.
Develop your own writing voice—This should not be far different from your speaking voice. Depending on what you write, you may develop more than one voice. For example, Agatha Christie had one voice for Hercule Poirot and another for Jane Marple.
When you write this way, you may learn more about yourself. Writing helps clarify one’s thinking, and this insight can be enormously helpful.
A good writing coach or editor will work with you to crystallize your voice. He or she may serve as an early reader and sounding board, providing guidance to make your story flow most effectively.
Unfortunately, some people feel that they “have to” write a book — for professional or ego reasons. Their writing shows that. The voice is passionless, dry, tutorial, etc. The writing comes across as more of a lecture than a free-flow talk. They also find it difficult to write — it’s a chore, rather than a joy. And it seems to take forever to complete. On the other hand, a true writer can’t wait to get back to the writing. And many authors can write a first draft in as little as a few months.
So, write from your heart, even if it’s a technical or academic work. After all, your readers are people, and they want to be excited by your writing.
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