Steps to Improve Voice in Writing
1. Approach each writing assignment with vigor. Look at it as an opportunity to express yourself creatively. Think of it as your chance to share ideas in a compelling manner.
2. Imagine your writing assignment is a party and everybody's bored. You'd figure out a way to liven it up, wouldn't you? Identify boring sections of writing and think of ways to liven it up with figurative language.
3. Use sensory details. Parents carry pictures of their children with them for a reason. You're the parent of your ideas, so create pictures with sensory details.
4. Study great writers and notice how they create personal voice in writing. Focus especially on how writers use humor. Shakespeare, Dickens, Lardner, Twain, and Keillor are a good start.
5. Use active voice. When you are at a sporting event, what do you focus on? You focus on the action--the players, the cheerleaders, the officials making a call. You're not paying attention to the guy in the third row with his hands folded, staring blankly at the floor. If your writing is passive, no one will pay attention to it.
Follow these expert tips and you'll soon be on your way to literary genius!