At this point in your career, you've had to do your share of writing. Maybe you love it. Perhaps, you loathe it. Much of what you have written, undoubtedly, has aimed to be competent and clear. However, there is a world of difference between being a solid sentence-maker and expressing, through your emails, briefs, and reports, the one thing no one else in the world has: your voice.

Being able to put your particular music into clear, confident, powerful sentences, even in a routine vendor email or a company white paper, is the difference between a waffle and a Belgian waffle. The boilerplate airline safety spiel and the Southwest attendant who makes you laugh. The wall of cats at the humane society and the one you choose to take home.

I'm being extravagant, of course, but the truth is that when you can write in your voice with clarity and confidence, you can make people care, and that's a big plus for your career.

Here are five tips on finding your voice in words.