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Everyone has a unique voice. So too does every written thing.

A dictionary entry has a voice (or style) that's different than the voice (or style) of a lost and found ad. An office memo has a different voice than a set of technical directions. A resume's voice differs from the voice of the words found on a driver's license.

Emotional Recipe Write-ups--impersonating the voice of a coobook with a creative topic

Study the format of well-written recipes, paying particular attention to the type of verbs used in the paragraph of instructions which always follow the list of needed ingredients. Next, think up a story or situation that would end with someone feeling or experiencing an interesting emotion. Create a "list of ingredients" for that story or situation. Finally, write about the entire story or situation in the format of a recipe, using as many kitchen verbs and nouns as possible.


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