I read a wonderful post a few days ago by Joy Tanksley, author of the Being Joy blog. In it she talks about finding your voice.

I think this idea of finding and expressing your voice is so important. So many times people want to copy other people. But there is truly something to be said about being authentic and real. I think it’s fine to admire other people.

For example, I LOVE the writing of Brian Clark of Copyblogger, Sonia Simone of Remarkable Communications (also Senior Editor at Copyblogger), and Chris Brogan at Chrisbrogan.com. But I don’t want to be Brian Clark, Sonia Simone, or Chris Brogan. Though I admire them, I want to be Chance Brown. They are who they are. I am who I am.

When you read Brian Clark, Sonia Simone, or Chris Brogan their writing is fluid. It flows. This is because they are being authentic. They are being who they are.

And here’s the thing: Sooner or later the world is going to find out who you really are anyway. When you’re trying to be someone else your writing feels and sounds manufactured – like you’re trying to piece together something that’s not you. Instead, express your thoughts how you would naturally express them.

Other people give us energy and inspire us. And that’s a wonderful thing. But don’t try to be someone else. It’s tiring and it doesn’t honor who you are.

So take Joy Tanksley’s advice and follow her 4 steps to finding your ideal voice. I’ve created a mindmap that captures her 4 steps:

(Click on mindmap to enlarge)

If you’re interested, you can download this mindmap at Biggerplate.com.

Also, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. What do you think?

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