Do You "Do" Voices? Copyright 2003, The Write Exposure
When you write an article, is it all about you? Your thoughts, your insights, your opinions, your voice? Or do you include other people's voices in form of interviews and research?
If your articles are nothing but a monologue, it's time to start adding voices.
Voices make your piece more compelling. They make you look more knowledgeable. Plus, they're visually appealing. "Readers love quotes," says Marjorie, a freelance writer. "What's more," she says, "they impart texture. No two people talk same way."
How do you go about getting quotes? Here are some of ways we do it at The Write Exposure:
Ask people you know. "Talk to customers, employees, and friends. Everyone likes to be quoted," reports Daniel "what-are-you-writing-about-and-can-I-be-quoted-in-it" an accountant with The Write Exposure.
Ask people you don't know. "After I've exhausted my network, I pull out yellow pages," Marjorie says. "I just start at top of listings and work my way down. I always find someone to talk to before I make call number six."
Surf Internet. "I love interviewing online," Greg, a desktop publisher, says. "It's quick and easy. You don't have to worry about misquoting someone and it enables me to interview, like, someone in Bangladesh or Australia."