Voice is something unique to you. No other writer has your voice, and finding it is a unique experience as well.
So, how do you find your voice? Here are some suggestions you may deem helpful:
1) Think about your background. What cultural, religious, and political influences shaped it? Did you grow up in a home where a foreign language was spoken or where certain idiomatic expressions were used? What about your neighborhood? Did you live in a city environment with a cosmpolitan atmosphere, or did you live on a farm, far away from neighbors?
2) What are you passionate about? What values drive you? What causes move you? What issues make you angry? If your best friend were asked to define your passion, what would she say it is?
3) What have others said stands out most about your writing? Is it the tone of your work, your characterization, your setting? In other words, to what do readers respond most when they read your writing?
Voice is something you may not initially recognize in your writing. It may come as a surprise, much like hearing your taped voice surprises you. Most of us have had the experience of hearing our recorded voice only to say, “That doesn’t sound like me at all!” Why not? Because we hear our own physical voice with our inner ear. Likewise, we will hear our writer’s voice with our writer’s ear as we discover our voice through the writing process.