4 Safe Ways to Find Your Writing Voice (and One Dangerous One)

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One of the hardest things for a writer to uncover is her voice, her style, her flair.

Writers start to peel away from the crowd when they find their voice. That strong, distinctive voice that people easily recognize.

But finding your writing voice is no easy task. Your voice is something that emerges over time … through trial and error. It takes deliberate focus to develop.

Unfortunately, too many writers get stuck in the stage before their voice becomes strong (which Rough Draft host Demian Farnworth will explain in today’s show) … and remain mediocre writers — writers who shuffle along with crowd where careers stall.

If you want to find your writing voice — and develop it into a strong one that demands attention and commands respect — then this episode is for you.

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The Two Kinds of Knowledge Every Writer Needs

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So far, Rough Draft host Demian Farnworth has asked: Do you have the right strategy? Do you have the right technique?

Today’s question is … Do you have the right knowledge?

American theoretical physicist Richard P. Feynman said:

Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent, and original manner possible.

Demian can’t think of a better way to nurture originality than that.

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The Crazy Thing Writers Do to Become Exceptional

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Wrestling with a 2,000-word essay is not unlike birthing a calf. A life is at stake here. Your job is to make sure it survives.

In Demian Farnworth’s experience, great writers have always been socially odd. They’ve resisted invitations to birthday parties from close relatives, pretended not to hear when people are talking to them, and even ignored phone calls …

So they can do this one thing.

Outsiders consider this behavior bizarre and anti-social. So be it. But it’s really just a pretty normal day in the writer’s life who wants to kick some tail and take names.

It’s all about getting better. One day at a time.

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Solve Your Blank-Page Problem With This Visual, 3-Step Content Creation System

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In the movie Amadeus, the creatively frustrated composer Antonio Salieri discovers pages of Mozart’s original, handwritten compositions and remarks, with utter anguish:

He had simply written down music already finished in his head. Page after page of it — as if he were just taking dictation.

When it comes to writing, do any of us know what that feels like?

Maybe once in a blue moon we are lucky enough to stumble into a Mozart-esque state of content creation — dropping perfectly formed prose into our blog or ebook without any struggle.

For most of us content marketers, this is not the case, even though we aren’t short of inspiration, ideas, or coherent thoughts.

Why? Because we’re writing backwards.

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How to Answer the Most Important Question About Becoming an Exceptional Writer

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Have you ever asked yourself why you want to become a writer?

You should. Because writing can be a thankless job. Like doing the laundry.

Listen. There will be times when you will hit a wall. You are exhausted. Lost. Broken. And you’ll ask yourself, “Why?”

Why am I doing this to myself?

You have to be able to answer that question. At the drop of a hat. All exceptional writers can. And when you do, you’ll walk away gritting your teeth, buckling down, and girding your loins.

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The Old Man and The Pen

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Join host Robert Bruce for the first episode of Allegorical …

A simple story about a writer, the writing life, and how he ignored the one thing about his craft that would give him everything he truly wanted.

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