Paul had a style of writing which was all his own. He probably had someone transcribe the letters, but he ended them with a greeting that he wrote with his own hand. That way the people knew the letters really came from him. We usually can recognize Paul’s writing because he uses a lot of long, run-on sentences. That was his style.
We choose our favorite authors by their style of writing. Each author has a distinct way of putting words on paper. We call this “their voice”. Your favorite author might have a unique way of setting up scenes, a different way of describing things, or writes witty dialog. Every writer has to find his/her own voice, own style of writing.
The above photo was taken at a writers’ conference I attended last year. We were each to pick the shell that represented us. Each shell is different, Each writer is different.
Those of us writers who have not found their voice yet need to study the style of other writers. We are not going to copy their style verbatim, but by exploring different ways of writing we will begin blending various styles and eventually our unique voices will appear.
You’ll know when you’ve found your voice. Your writing will flow. You’ll feel comfortable with how you write. People will begin recognizing your writing without looking at the byline.
Will you be an intellectual writer? Will your writing be full of humor or mystery? Will you keep things simple or go into great detail? Only you will know what style of writing works for you.
Like Paul, we too can develop that distinguishing mark in all our writing. It takes time and practice, but the individual voice for each of us will come.
As you are struggling to find your particular style take it to God. Ask Him to help you sort through the various ways of writing and make clear to you what your voice should be.
Dear Lord in Heaven, As I am working on distinguishing my style from all the others give me the confidence and perspective to zero in on what is right for me. Please make me aware of my voice when I stumble upon it and then help me to develop it into my writing for Your glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen