WRITING TIP: Find your voice — again and again

Writers often talk about “finding their voice,” as though there were only one. But we are made of multitudes, with many perspectives and ways of expressing them. Author Pico Iyer says that “at its core, writing is about cutting beneath every social expectation to get to the voice you have when no one is listening. It’s about finding something true, the voice that lies beneath all words. But the paradox of writing is that everyone at her desk finds that the stunning passage written in the morning seems flat three hours later, and by the time it’s rewritten, the original version will look dazzling again. Our moods, our beings are as changeable as the sky (long hours at any writing project teach us), so we can no longer trust any one voice as definitive or lasting.”