Obviously I’m not talking about my singing voice, because I can’t sing. Really, not at all.
What I’m talking about is my own unique voice in my writing. We all have it. It can take a while to figure out when you are using your real voice in your manuscripts and when you’re just writing what you think you should be writing or what you think is your real voice. When I look back on my first manuscript, it’s so painful that I either need to drink alcohol while I look through it, or I just end up putting it away with a shudder. I’m so humiliated for myself and can’t believe I actually sent it off to a publisher, lol. And if I think about it, that manuscript was made up of so many different voices-voices of my favourite authors, favourite books…and I didn’t even realize it. It sounded awkward and forced. Because it wasn’t my own.
Thankfully, I’ve come a long way. And one of the main reasons is because I’ve finally found my own voice. I’m not writing what I think I should be writing. I’m not writing in a way that imitates someone else. I’m writing what comes naturally. What flows from my head and onto the page. I think if you’re true to your voice, it shows in your writing and makes your manuscript believable and genuine.
What about you? Have you struggled with this? Have you ‘found’ your voice?