Writing Craft: Finding Your Author Voice

Finding your voice is sometimes daunting. Okay. It *is* daunting. But it doesn’t have to be. My friend Crystal Caudill introduces “voice” as something wonderful, the author’s tool that transports readers to a different world, a different time, a different lifestyle. Let’s see what she has to say.

Crystal Caudill


Voice seems to be one of those elusive things I have encountered as an aspiring author. What is it? How do you know what your voice is? How do you know if it is unique? Until recently, I just avoided the whole issue because it seemed so convoluted.

But the day must come when we chase down that elusive concept in order to fully develop into who we are. So here it is, wrong or right, my own view and explanation of voice.

Author Voice:

An author’s voice is not one tangible element in a novel, it is the culmination of all the flavors an author brings to their writing. From genre choice, to settings, typical characters, humor, to even word choice – it all goes to develop a unique voice.

Take a look at this picture:


What story comes to your mind?

My first thought was a woman lying…

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