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A Writer's Voice - Guest Post by Author B.J.Tiernan

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The question is: How do you know what your writing voice is?  Does voice lead to writing ability and writing style or vice versa?

First, we need to understand what our 'writing voice' is.

Your 'writing voice' aka 'writer's voice' is as personal to you as your fingerprint. It is a direct reflection of your personality and what makes you unique and different from all other writers.
Each one of us has a unique style of speaking, a personal attitude, and a certain tone or inflection when we speak. When it comes to tone, you can hear it in two ways - the tone of your voice when you speak out loud and the silent tone you hear in your head. Both of these tones can vary, depending on the situation you find yourself in. Listen closely to both tones, for they make up your 'writer's voice.' 
When you write, you want to allow your personality to shine through and write what feels comfortable and natural to you. In other words, you want to write the same way you…