I've been writing now for just over a year. In that time I went from being truly horrible to just barely passing, and now I think I can call myself "fairly good". My plots are becoming more interesting, and I have finally found my voice.
For a long time I tried to write in a plain way. Injecting my personality to my work seemed like a recipe for disaster. I'm not always easy to get along with, and a lot of my views leave people angry... but I'm also witty at times.
What I didn't realize was that by being too strict with how my writing voice sounded, I lost what makes my writing fun. Right now I'm writing what I hope will be my best story to date. My beta readers have looked it over and they all agree with me.
Without a doubt, I think that's because I stopped restricting myself. I stopped being so serious, and I let myself write how I speak. The writing in this story (available hopefully within the next few day!) is less boring and is more interesting.
This is just a short post. There's no way I could tell another writer how to find their voice. You do it by writing and slowly losing the restrictions you place on yourself. You can't fix your problems with writing by reading, you can only fix them by writing more. So if you find you're struggling with your writing being boring, th only way for you to fix it is to take out that notebook or open up a word processor.
I hope everyone's Monday is going well!