Of all the elements that make up writing, authorial voice is perhaps the most elusive.
The best definition I’ve heard of it is this: Voice is your writing sounding like you. In the same way one can identify a George Strait song via the particular flavor of his sound, the best writers have a style that distinguishes them from all others. If presented with a coverless, title-less Jane Austen novel, or a work by C. S. Lewis, I would instantly know to whom the writing belongs. That personality, that authorial sound, is as particular as a face.
But developing your voice can be a rather frustrating cycle. Continue reading “Writers, Readers & Wolf Hall”