Last week, we covered the four main writing styles and when to use each of them. (Read it here in case you missed it.)
Today, you will learn a few tips on how you can develop your own distinctive style as a writer. You can think of it as your signature or your voice, something that makes you stand out and instantly recognizable to your readers.
How to Develop Your Own Writing Style
1. Make reading a habit.
Stephen King said, “If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write.” Reading sparks creativity and brings inspiration. Learn from your favorite authors and successful writers. Examine their word choices, tone and overall style.
2. Familiarize yourself with the writing rules.
Get to know the basics. Educate yourself regarding writing guidelines and rules. If you have a solid foundation and a clear understanding of the writing rules, you’ll be better equipped to bend and break them as needed.
3. Use your own life experiences.
The experiences you've had, the journey you've taken, and the life you lead as a whole make you unique. Draw inspiration from your past and current experiences. Become aware of your habits and how you perceive the world. Observe the way you and others behave under different circumstances.
4. Take risks and experiment.
Be open to exploring different genres and writing styles. This will help you figure out which genre you like the best and which writing style comes naturally to you.
5. Write often.
Establishing a daily writing habit can not only improve your writing skills but also help you find your own unique writing style. Commit to writing on a regular basis. With consistent practice, you’ll become more comfortable and confident in expressing yourself with words.
Have you found your own writing style? Let us know in the comments what worked for you.
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Missed the past weeks' Wednesday Writing Tips? Check them out here.