Finding Your Voice
By Lisa Buffaloe
My friends don’t talk, think, dress, act, or look alike. Not one is a clone of the other. And I love each of their unique qualities, from the quirky friend who rattles off one-liners with the speed of a machine gun. My friend who reads and studies her Bible so much that the pages are falling out, or the girlfriend who gives the best hugs. The friend who has the gift of organization, or the one who has the gift of hospitality and cooking (and boy neither of those qualities are my strong points). I wouldn’t want any of my friends to change. I cherish them for who they are.
Editors, agents, and publishers are looking for authors with unique qualities and a voice all their own. So how on earth do you find your voice?
Don’t strive to write like someone else. God created you to be you. He loves you just the way you are. Don’t compare yourself to others. Yes, we should read other authors, study the craft of writing, and strive to write in excellence. But when you sit down to write, allow God to flow through you to use you. Let His words inspire you to write the things He lays on your heart.
You are unique, and therefore your voice is unique in speech and in writing. Your voice is a gift straight from God’s hands, speak and write for His glory, and your matchless qualities will touch lives no one else can touch.