8 Tips on How To Be Edited Without Losing Your Voice or Being Decolonized

You’ve probably read a hundred inspirational articles about how you can hone your writerly voice by letting your soul shine out on the page and have realized that they all boil down to “Read a lot. Then write a lot.”

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If you’ve made it to this line, you’ve already picked up something about what voice actually is. Not grammatical idiosyncrasies or sarcastic tone, but the sense of intimacy, of knowing that there’s someone behind these words on the page, someone who will tear off their mask and lay themselves bare. So it can feel particularly hurtful to receive feedback from an editor on your voice, and you may be struggling with making changes to your story without feeling like you’re being silenced or compromising your voice.


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