What is the one thing that sets all great screenwriters apart from the rest? Having a unique and identifiable voice. From Tarantino to Kaufman, all of the greats have a voice that makes their movies characteristiacally them. If you want to join this squad of hall of famers, you have to find yours. But…that’s a little easier said than done, isn’t it?
Finding your voice as a writer isn’t really something you can practice. You can’t just check off a few boxes on the “become a professional screenwriter” list, and recieve one. There are a few things you can do, however, to put yourself on the right track to developing your voice. Check them out below.
Somewhere between third grade and my freshman year of high school, however, I lost my ability to just sit down and write. I started thinking about what I was writing, why I was writing, and who I was writing to. I started analyzing every sentence I put on the page and became extremely insecure about every piece I finished. I was unable to write freely. Every word I wrote whispered a subtle apology.
A problem that many young writers have is an inability to write unapologetically. What I mean by that is they don’t tell their story the way they want to tell it, but instead tell it in a way that they think will be well received. The problem with this is that in order to discover who you are as a writer and develop a voice of some kind, you have to be true to yourself. Once you discover your voice, you can worry about who you are writing to and how your audience will receive your writing, but for now, write how you want to.
HOW DO YOU WRITE UNAPOLOGETICALLY?
- Sit Down
- Start Writing
Experiment with different genres
Analyze your work and draw conclusions about yourself as a writer. If you do this, you may start to understand what kind of voice you have.
Identify your style
Carry a journal at all times