When I first started, I had no idea what this really meant.
As a writer develops their craft they will develop their voice.
- A writer's voice?
- How do you figure out what your voice is?
- Where does it come from?
- Is it learnt or do we all have our own unique way of writing stories?
After writing for a few years I've come to my own conclusions as to what this means. I think what it refers to is this.
As a writer develops, they become aware of what they enjoy writing and how to write it.
Whether it's horror, drama, comedy or one of the many other genres out there.
Most writers will lean towards a certain genre and take great pleasure in writing those types of movies. It's what they really enjoy writing, those witty jokes in comedies, the scary moments in horror, or maybe those catchy one liners you find in those cliched action movies. In doing this, I believe writers find their voice to some extent. But I don't believe that makes up their entire voice.
I think it also encompasses the type of language a writer uses, the words on the page to convey mood and tone of the piece. Those visual cues that are given to the reader and audience. This is what I believe makes up the entire voice of a writer.
Everyone has a particular way of writing a story and the language they use to convey that story to the reader and audience.
It may take many screenplays to find your voice and perfect your skills as a writer or it may take but a few. But if you don't write, and keep writing, you'll never give yourself a chance to find it.
To find your own unique voice.