Writers: 7 dos and 7 don’ts to help find your voice

Finding your voice as a writer is a difficult task; it’s also important to find that voice when creating content for social media. Here are some tips for doing just that.

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The service includes a Thought for Today, which is a wise quote from a variety of sources. A recent quote inspired this post:

“Writing, when properly managed, (as you may be sure I think mine is) is but a different name for conversation.” – Laurence Sterne, novelist and clergyman (1713-1768)

Straight from the 18th century comes a concept as fresh as though it were written for the first time in 2011. Contrary to traditional advertising’s sales-y tone, the corporate-speak of some company websites, or the overly nuanced language of press releases, writing in a social media world calls for a different style—a conversational one.

Here are a few thoughts on finding your authentic voice for written conversation:

Do write as though you were speaking.

Don‘t over think the first draft. You can—and should—always go back and edit.

Do share occasional personal thoughts, perceptions, and experiences when they serve to illustrate a point.

Don‘t go overboard with personal information. Learn to walk a line that offers an authentic peek at who you are, while retaining a businesslike decorum.

Do use interesting words and turns of phrase.

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