Some years ago, a friend read a short devotional in a magazine, and thought to herself, “That sounds just like my friend, April.” So she turned to the page that listed all of the authors, and sure enough, I had written that devotional.
A couple of weeks ago, at the first meeting of my Sacred Pauses group, one reader said, “I kept reading this book and hearing your voice — you were there in my head.” Others around the group nodded their agreement. My voice had been in their heads too.
I’m not quite sure what to make of all this. Mainly it makes me wonder: if what I write sounds so natural, so just like me, then why does it take so much time and effort, so much writing and re-writing to get there?
What about you? Does your writing voice come naturally? How much do you have to work at it?