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Write Like You Mean It: Finding Your Voice & Levelling Up Your Game ✍️

Ever felt like you're lost in a sea of words, trying to imitate the literary greats just to get a few likes? 

We've all been there, chasing the latest trends and trying to fit into a mold that just doesn't feel right. But here's the thing: Your readers crave authenticity, not just another carbon copy of their favourite author. So let's dive into the art of writing like you mean it, finding your unique voice, and levelling up your writing game.

Being Yourself, But Better

Let's be real, "be yourself" is great advice... until it isn't.  It doesn't mean you get a free pass to stay in your comfort zone and never grow as a writer. Think of it this way: Your writing is like a fingerprint—unique to you—but you still got to keep those skills sharp!

The Authenticity Equation

  • Know Your Core: What makes your heart beat faster? What topics light you up like a Christmas tree? 🎄 Stick to your values, your passions, and your quirks, and your writing will have that special something that resonates with readers.

  • Ditch the Trends: Chasing the flavour of the month might get you a quick hit of dopamine, but it won't last. Write from the heart, pour your soul onto the page, and watch your audience grow organically.

  • The Passion Project Hustle: We all got to pay the bills, right? 🤑 But don't let that stop you from working on the stories that truly matter to you. Carve out time for your passion projects, even if it's just a few minutes a day.

Levelling Up:

Writing is a craft, and like any craft, it takes practice, dedication, and a willingness to learn.  Ditch the "tortured artist" trope and embrace the learning process with open arms. Study grammar, story structure, character development, and everything in between. Take workshops, read books on writing, and learn from your fellow writers.

Take a page of your favourite writing and copy it out word for word. Feel the nuances and flow of the writing. Feel the emotion.

The Sweet Spot: Finding Balance

You might have a natural knack for a certain genre, but don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. Experiment with different styles, try new things, and who knows? You might just discover a hidden talent you never knew you had. Push your boundaries, challenge yourself, and watch your writing evolve.

The Journey is the Destination

There's no magic formula for writing success, but there is one constant: Growth. 🌱 Keep learning, keep reflecting, and keep connecting with your audience. Read their comments, respond to their feedback, and build a community of writers who support and inspire each other. After all, writing is all about sharing your unique perspective with the world.

So, how do YOU balance authenticity with self-improvement? Let's chat in the comments and build a community of writers who are always striving to be better—without losing sight of who they are. Remember, your voice matters, your stories matter, and your writing has the power to change the world. 

Writing is fun. Enjoy the journey 🌎


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