Voice has two meanings as it concerns creative writers:
- Voice is the author's style, the quality that makes his or her writing unique, and which conveys the author's attitude, personality, and character; or
- Voice is the characteristic speech and thought patterns of a first-person narrator; a persona.
Because voice has so much to do with the reader's experience of a work of literature, it is one of the most important elements of a piece of writing.
Also Known As: persona
Young writers are often urged to find their own voice in fiction, but many teachers believe that voice is something that emerges naturally as a writer develops.