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Fiction: Find your voice

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Free yourself and find your writing voice with practical advice from Ian Ayris

How do you discover your writing voice? How do you find what it is that will differentiate how you write from every other writer? If you think of it in terms of how each of us are distinguished from each other in normal life, the real world, so to speak – appearance, attitude, the way we walk, the way we talk, our history – all of these, among many others, are factors we use to help us distinguish one person from another.

In terms of writing, it is the writing ‘voice’ that is the distinguishing factor. Aspects that make up each writer’s voice are elements such as sentence length, word choice, attitude, use of punctuation, dialogue, etc.

But it goes deeper than that.

What makes your writing voice unique, what makes it completely different from any other writer, is who you are.

Below are three extracts from the opening paragraphs of novels from three very different authors:

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