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Writing With Quiet Hands by Paula Munier

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Chapter Four

A Voice of Your Own

“Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your heart, your soul.” —Meg Rosoff

Voice is who you are as a storyteller: your language, your syntax, and your diction for sure, but, more important, your truth. Finding your voice is as simple—and as difficult—as finding your truth.

Readers recognize that truth when they see it—and they seek it out. Readers, agents and editors and reviewers among them, are suckers for a strong voice. When readers fall in love with a writer’s voice, they will follow it, line after line, page after page, ...

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