The Writing Tip They Didn’t Teach You In School

…Cuz they’re idiots not writers. Oh, no! Wait! We mean teachers. And everybody knows teachers aren’t idiots…but still, they’re definitely not writers. Our hero, Jon Negroni, explains:

by Jon Negroniby Jon Negroni

My education was full of “Aha!” moments that helped me acquire the skills necessary to eventually become a decent writer.

“Your essay needs more examples.”

“Aha!”

This is how it typically went. Question: what sets you on the path of success to writing? Your answer is probably one of four:

1. Education
2. Experience
3. Natural ability
4. A mixture of the above

Sounds about right. Education helps you know the proper mechanics of grammar and composition, experience helps you construct a flow that is easy to read, and natural talent essentially dictates how much work and practice you have to commit to writing.

Is that it? Nope. You know how I know? Because I read. Because I know that there are countless writers out there who have the education, experience, and natural ability to captivate the people around them, but they still fall short.

Now we have a problem. What’s the solution? Mine is simple (and relates to the title of this page that drew you in): Hold on, that colon looks weird to me. Try this-

My solution is simple: Know and apply your Writer Voice.

If you’ve been reading my work long enough, you’ve probably caught on to my love for coining terms. Sure, they don’t usually take off, but I like to think it bolsters my personal brand. Anyway, what is Writer Voice?

Your Writer Voice is the silent rumination that shapes the content you are crafting, and everyone has/does this.

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