|Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
Yeah, I believe I found it. I do have 2 published books so I think I will keep what I have going for me.
I've written for a couple of series that have well established patterns (for example the "Dummies" books.) I have worked hard to find my own voice within the general guidelines of the series. It hasn't been as hard as I thought it would be, but I'm still learning with every book, every chapter.
The voice was and is always there
questions like this are like asking why a joke is funny...
it is...or it isnt....and you either hear it or you dont
paralysis of analysis
I found my voice when I was a child.
I continually find my voice. It evolves and so I am always seeking its most current form. When I write fiction, though, I attempt to keep my own voice out of the narrative. It is crucial that my characters have their own voices and be able to tell their own stories with no interference from me.
I believe I have already found my "voice", but I am continually improving upon making it better, or rather, it improves the more I write.
I don't think you ever find your voice. I think your voice changes as you mature and as you experience new things. Your voice is your voice, and it will never be the same. Writers who seek to find their voice more than likely end up writing "formula-based" books where having the same voice is important. To develop a consistent readership, and to be able to attack various subjects, I think it is problematic to have a single voice in any matter.
Education should always be an ongoing process, spiritual or otherwise, to assume anything delimits.
I found my "voice" when I was age four. As the years passed and my spirit became more open to sharing and daring, the voice solidified and when my first book was published and that validation came I at last claimed the voice as my birthright.
I'm pretty sure my voice is established although I believes it evolves into something stronger as the years go by.
I have found my voice. I don't think that I could have continued writing had I not found it within the first few months. It is too stressful until one finds that niche.
In my weekly column (some of these can be found here) my voice is largely consistent. It's hyperactive and frequently demented. I write like Mickey Spillane on Ecstasy (a reader's line, not mine.) It's the voice I found for the column and it does not vary much.
In fiction, although there is an element of voice that keeps coming back, the tone and tempo tends to change from one story to the next. The voice, if we're going to keep calling it that, is not necessarily so identifiable.
At the same time, I've had many readers tell me they could identify my style if they came upon my work with no byline on it. That's flattering. It means I DO have a particular voice and readers like it. I consider that fortunate because could I change it if I wanted to? King tried it when he went all Bachman on us and he was outed fairly quickly.
I enjoy writing rhyming poetry. When I was a child that was what poetry was...all the nursery poetry I read rhymed. There is something very fulfilling in telling a story in rhyme and that seems to be "my voice".
I know I have a "voice". After turning forty, I am not searching anymore. Everything seemed to come together at that point.
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