Each of us has a unique personality; each of us has a unique writer’s voice. Writer’s voice is the way your writing style sounds to your readers. Are you an introvert (reserved) or extrovert (outgoing)? Finding out your personality type can provide insights into your writing style, its strengths and its weaknesses. If you are having problems with deadlines, writer’s block, or other wiring related difficulties, there is a test that may help find a solution.
The Keirsey Temperament Test is a well known psychological test derived from Jungian psychological theory. Through a series of short questions, the test will assign you a basic personality type –there are 16 possible types. Click the image to see my results.
Writer’s voice is the literary term used to describe the individual writing style of an author. Voice was generally considered to be a combination of a writer’s use of syntax, diction, punctuation, character development, dialogue, etc., within a given body of text (or across several works). Writer’s Voice
A strong, well-defined voice is the bridge between you and your audience: It helps your readers understand who you are, and it helps you engage them and keep them coming back for more. – Understanding Voice and Tone in Writing
- Does your writing sound like you?
- Does the style reflect your personality?
- Does it convey your passion?
- Does it have a rhythm? Does it flow?
- Do all your sentences sound the same? Or are they varied?
Does your blog sit happily within your comfort zone, with easy predictable posts that don’t really say anything out of the ordinary?
Take a new stance – try a new angle – or perhaps a new writing style. Invite commenters to be interviewed on your site if they disagree with you. It helps to keep things interesting. – Ben Barden of Quick Blog Tips
Engage readers interest with an interesting hook. Then, in your own writer’s voice, say what you have to say with personality and clarity.
Beyond the Blog
- Be approachable.
- Accept email interviews.
- Become a guest author on other blogs.
- Become an author on a multi-author blog.