Cover Photo: In this black and white photograph, we see a young boy singing into recording equipment, including a microphone. His hair is buzzed short and his eyes are closed and his mouth as open, as if he is struggling to hit the right note
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An Exercise to Help You Find Your Voice

Try this writing exercise from Simon Van Booy if you feel you need help finding your voice, whether you are writing nonfiction or fiction.

even though any writing is excellent practice. To save you the same heartache, heres an exercise to help you find your voice:

so if you read short stories mostly, thats the genre that might be most natural for you.

just remake it in what your opinion is better, clearer, deeper.

ve been through a few drafts of editing and rewriting each page, print out twenty clean copies of your edited pages and compare them to the original twenty first pages in the books. All the original pages will be very different, but in all of your pages there will be similarities and a pattern will emerge. Thats your voice.


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Simon Van Booy is the award-winning and best-selling author of nine books of fiction, and three anthologies of philosophy. He has written for the New York Times, the Financial Times, NPR, and the BBC. His books have been translated into many languages. He lives in New York with his wife and daughter. In 2013, he founded Writers for Children, a project which helps young people build confidence in their storytelling abilities through annual awards.