Laurel Yourke defines voice as:
The combination of tone, style, and phrasing that projects an author's singular personality onto the page. This captures the sensation that one sounds exactly like oneself without being artificial or manipulative (Take your Characters to Dinner; Creating the Illusion of Reality in fiction. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2000, p. 203).Your voice flows directly from your soul. What is your soul? Tom Chappell defines your soul as
the part of you that survives when you eliminate your flesh and bones--the part you can't point to but can feel, the part you might describe to someone else as your essential being, your soul. Soul is what connects you to everyone and everything else. It is the sum of all the choices you have made. It is where your beliefs and values reside. Soul is at the center of our relationships to others, and for me it is at the center of the business enterprise. The Soul of a Business; Managing for Profit and the Common Good, New York: Bantam books, 1993, pp. ix-x)Your voice is your presence. It's what creates narrative drive and keeps people reading.
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