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When it comes to writing with voice, there are a few things to remember.

bulletVoice isn't as hard as it seems. Just be yourself. Otherwise the voice won't be your own.

bulletThink of your audience. Your voice changes as your audience changes. For example, the way you would tell your friends you wrecked your mother's car is not the same way you tell your mother. If you feel that you have no personal connection to the reader, pretend you are writing for your best friend--the one you can tell anything.

bulletThink of your topic. How do you feel about it? Put those feelings into your writing. Get emotional, but don't tell your reader how you feel, show him/her how you feel. Do not hold back!  (However, please remember to keep your writing appropriate for school.  You have to watch your choice of words.)


bulletWhat is your opinion? Don't be afraid to share it. Opinions give us our voice. If you truly believe in something, prove to the reader that your are right. Support your opinions with specific details and reasons.

bulletLook at your topic from different angles, and choose the one you are most comfortable with presenting. Humor, seriousness, sarcasm, and mysteriousness are just a few of the angles you can use. If you get stuck, try using an unexpected angle. For example, if you are writing about a serious topic, like taking your driver's test, approach it with humor.



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