There is always talk about voice. But there isn’t a great description of what it is.
I’ll give it to you easier.
Voice is that part of your writing that is you. That little part that sounds only like you.
Here’s how I do it.
I only have the things I’ve experienced, the life I’ve lived and I pull from those things.
We each have the moments we’ve experienced in our lives. Each of us can only think like ourselves, with those thoughts, we’re able to find our voice.
When you think about how life was growing up, when you’re thinking about what that time you ate dinner at your friends house and their family interaction was vastly different from your own, those are the types of moments you should pull from.
The awesome thing is, you can write with that type of knowledge in every genre. Everyone gets uncomfortable at their friend’s house. All of have been there at some point. Use it.
How you perceive the world around you is different from how I do or anyone else. Use that perception and build your characters with it.
While building you’ll discover a voice that is authentic to only you.