There’s this often referred to mystical thing called voice.
It’s talked about in books, podcasts, hell I’ve even seen it referenced in movies.
There are many types of voices within a story. There is the narrative voice, each characters particular voice and then there is the distinctive voice each author gives to the story.
Some authors find it early in the writing career, others keep going and find it after writing 9 books.
It’s taken me to the latter of these.
It was never explained to me what this voice means. It’s difficult to explain.
The only way I can describe it is like this.
When you read a Stephen King book, you know it’s King by his description, by his character creation and the way he handles his monsters.
The same goes for any author. Neil Gaiman is another.
You know his work by the mood he sets in his books.
There is a moodiness or vibe to all of Neil’s books. I’ve loved his writing since Sandman. I’ve read a lot of his books. Anansi Boys is my favorite.
With every author you know that author from how they construct, how they build, how each of their stories flow.
This is what your voice is. I can’t tell you how to find it, only that you will.
You’ll discover it while reading one of your stories. You’ll set it down, step back and wonder when it happened.
It will happen, but you have to keep going to discover it.
When it does, you’ll understand why, and you’ll also understand why other stories didn’t work.
You’ll find it. Keep writing.