Monday, I posted about how my writing voice changed because of an intense rule-following stage I went through as a writer.
Thinking on this over the week, I realized it might have sounded like I tried to change my writing voice. I didn't.
It also may have sounded like I'd recommend my process to other people. I wouldn't.
Voice is the part of every person's writing that makes it unique. A writing fingerprint.
Like the code breakers who were able to tell movements in the enemy troops by identifying the different ways each operator entered Morse Code, other people may be able to identify elements of different writers' voices, but that doesn't mean voice is something a writer consciously does.
In fact, most of the time, I believe thinking about voice is the last thing a writer should do.
I liked Rebecca's comment from Monday: "When I start to stray, I pretend whatever I'm writing is an email to my best
friend--and then my natural voice magically reappears."
She's onto something...voice is something you should tap into, not actively work on.
Voice is also magic. It belongs in that unexplainable part of writing where everything we've internalized from our reading and writing experiences collides with who we are and the story we're trying to tell.
A magic formula that's different for everyone...and if we work on/think about it too much the magic might leave.
What about you? How do you think of voice?