If I admire a writer, it will be for two reasons. Firstly, their vision and the ideas expressed and explored. I came to sci-fi late in life but I am astonished by, and drawn to, visionaries such as Asimov and Philip K. Dick and their prophecies. Secondly, I am attracted to elements of style, structure and craft. Sarah Waters, Lydia Davis, Mark Haddon, Frank Cottrell Boyce are wonderful examples. You don’t always find vision and execution in the same piece of work but when you do, it is sheer joy.
Most writing courses and manuals will talk about the way a writer has to find their “voice”, and for some writers, I imagine this might be a natural process; instinctive and deeply embedded.
I’ve been writing for nearly 40 years, been regularly published – even had a bestseller – but still don’t feel like I’ve found my voice. Maybe I…
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