In creative writing, the term “voice” has two different meanings. First, it is the style of the author, the quality that does not only makes his/her writing unique but also conveys the author’s personality, attitude, and character. Second, a voice is the thought patterns and characteristic speech of the narrator of a work of fiction. Voice is what enables the reader to hear the writing. Voice can also be said to be the spirit or breath that animates the writing.
Your choice of words, choice of content, tone, and punctuation make up the authorial voice. The voice of the author is usually fairly consistent, especially in third person narratives. Consequently, it is usually possible to recognize or identify the author just by reading a part of his or her work.
Every person has his/her way of putting together ideas, words, and phrases. These elements make up the “voice” of a person. Some people are funny; others are pompous, authoritative, warm, chatty, or combine various qualities to make up a distinct complex personality.
Whether you are writing a short story, flash fiction, novel or a blog post, finding a voice can be a struggle. Your voice should be uniquely your own. It should make your work pop and readers recognize the familiarity. Even if you borrow a sense of style from another author, your voice should be authentic.