How to Add Personality to Your Writing

(This was a guest post by Corey Freeman, a 17-year-old freelance writer. You can view her freelance writing portfolio at  Writer Seven.)

Online, it can feel as though everybody is speaking in the same droll, monotone voice. You might be wondering how you can rise above the monotony and give your voice power, persuasion, and overwhelming influence.

I have to be honest – developing your own personal style takes work. However, that work is easier than you think. All you have to do is write.

The more you write, the more comfortable you become with your own tone, style, and voice. Just like design, marketing, cooking, driving, or any other activity, practice makes perfect.

Start working more personal stories into your writing. Use phrases and metaphors you would use in real life, and write as though you were talking to your best friends. Let your thoughts arrange themselves freely on the paper. The more of yourself you put into your content, the more you can connect with your readers.

The images you use with your posts also play a role in your writing style. In finding an image for “style.” I chose a picture of a Converse sneaker, because it’s my favorite kind of shoe, in one of my favorite colors. Whether you’re the type to pick serious images, light-hearted images, or create pictures on your own, the images you use play into your own style as much as your words.

No matter where you write, what you write, or how you write, you will develop a stronger voice with every word. However, there are some tips that you can use to shape that writing style.

Tips for Developing and Shaping Your Personal Style

There are various techniques to improve and build your own personal style. Let me share some of the most effective ones with you:

Start a Personal Blog

One of the best ways to develop your style is to write about anything and everything, and to write with emotion. This is usually not possible with regular blogs. Personal blogs give you a place to experiment and build your writing repertoire.

Read, Read, and Read More!

Reading books or any other kind of printed material will improve your spelling, grammar, and awareness of literary styles and tricks. It doesn’t matter what you read, as long as you read!

Proofread, or Hire an Editor

Your style can only develop if it has a great foundation. Always proofread for the basics: good grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Proofreading will allow you to see the weaknesses in your own writing.

Experiment

Experimenting with styles, words, phrases, and sentence lengths is important for forming your own personal tone and style. Try writing like a professor one day and an eight-year-old the next. Mess around until you find a fit that’s just right, and develop your writing to make it your own.

What Do You Think?

What are your tips for improving your own personal style? What questions might you have? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!

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