Have you ever experienced laryngitis? How annoying is it when your voice just suddenly decides it doesn’t feel like working today? When laryngitis hits, no matter how hard you try to talk, your voice drops away to a whisper, and no one can hear what you’re trying to say. These same symptoms can happen to writers and speakers. It happens when they lose track of their voice.
What is your creative voice?
Every creative has a natural speaking voice, whether you’re writing a book, pitching an ad or giving a presentation. You have a natural way of speaking as you create. And I’m not just talking about the first person, third person or omniscient voices that immediately come to mind from your high school English class.
If you think of your favorite writers or speakers, you can easily recognize them by their voice – their word choice, their tone, their cadence, even their personality. It all comes through their “voice.”
Do you know the sound of your creative voice? If you haven’t quite figured out what your voice is, here are some helpful hints:
- How do you naturally talk to people? Are you conversational? Prone to education? Do you ramble a bit? Maybe you ask a million questions?
- What does your tone sound like? Is it always sarcastic? Humorous? Serious?
- What is your natural personality? Are you extroverted? Introverted?Outgoing? Shy? How does it impact the way you talk?
- When you talk, what is your ultimate goal? To inform and educate? To tell a story? To make people laugh? To leave people thinking?
The answers to these questions can help you define your “voice” as a creative. And once you know your voice, don’t lose it! Stick to it and maintain it as you create. Take good care of it. Be you! Because nothing is more confusing that a creative who changes or loses their voice. Your audience will miss the voice they have come to know and love.
And if you have creative laryngitis right now, don’t worry. Laryngitis eventually goes away. If you take care of your voice, you’ll find it again.