Working in journalism, I’ve learned a lot about writing in the “objective” style of the news. I’ve gotten pretty good at removing myself from stories. So good, in fact, that when I returned to fiction after a long hiatus, I couldn’t remember my own voice, my style. Here’s a nice piece, via Ryan Lanz, that I wish had been around a few years ago.
Finding Your Writing Voice | A Writer’s Path.
Voice is something I recognize in others, but I’m not always sure I know my own. In part, I attribute that to many years of training in the “neutral” voice of journalism. That’s why I like reading what other writers say about their voices. Here, for example, is David Arnold’s take on it.
Why YA? David Arnold Explains How He Found His Voice and His Readers « musing
I remember having a moment of angst about academic writing years ago. My thesis advisor said, “Write like you talk.” Here’s more of the same advice.
Conversational Writing: 10 Tips by Leo Babauta