Lacking Authenticity in Your Writing? Try This
3 simple ways to regain your voice and engrave authenticity to your writing
As readers, we like scenes that pull us into the character’s emotions; stories that make us feel. And as writers, we want to deliver those stories.
The key to emotional reading is vulnerable writing.
If you lock yourself outside your writing, you sure won’t be able to write an emotional scene or a touching essay. You have to put yourself there, filters off. Vulnerability is essential for good writing.
Easier said than done, of course. We all know how hard it is to write. We live side by side with our fears of rejection, creative blocking, and productivity issues.
That’s why a writer’s toolbox includes not only tools to write, but also tools to push us to write when we’re struggling with the craft. Mine also includes strategies to give me back my voice — not that I lose it, but sometimes I repress it. And I can’t bring authenticity into my work without being myself, without being vulnerable.
Today I’m sharing with you three strategies I use when my writing lacks authenticity. To me, it works all the time, give it try.
Use your personal experience
You are more efficient when you write about something you know from experience. Either is a tip about productivity, a broken heart, or the benefits of journaling. If you lived it, you’ll write it better.
Your writing will have more credibility if your readers feel you know what you’re talking about. Your opinions matters, of course, but talking by experience wins extra points. Take a look at your most popular articles: did you write them from your personal experience?
Use your knowledge, your thoughts, emotions and memories to lead the readers to empathize with your writing.
Look for new experiences
Your creative potential is linked to your experiences. For that, the more variety and rich they are, the more proficient writer you’ll be.
My suggestion is for you to break your routine: try new things to do, go out of your comfort zone. Talk with people you never did before, go to new places — places you never thought you’d go — , try a new sport. Live new experiences, look into the world with a different lens. Be bold!
Get out of your mind
It’s a fact: writers live in their head. Either trying to solve plot holes, enriching the character's personality or finding new topics to write about, we spend most of our time locked in our minds.
But when it affects the quality of your writing, you have to break the cycle. Ignore the mind for a couple of hours and look into your surroundings. Be curious, pay attention to details, do people and nature-watching. Observe more and judge less — absorb the world around you.
Give a break to your writer-clinical-eye, and feel your surroundings. Later on, when you get back to write, you’ll be rested and empowered. Your voice will be tuned again, your mind in the right place to write.
As writers, it’s hard to maintain a constant level of productivity and, even, of quality. We have to be stocked with strategies to empower our creativity and bring out the best of our skills. Some of them are more technical, like taking a course or be self-didactic; others can be as simple as the ones I brought you today.
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