Recently I attended a writers' meeting. The workshop presenter talked of "voice." A writer's voice is a blend of his experiences, his background, his heart, his mind.
I love to read mysteries, suspenses, and thrillers. These books are frequently written with a gritty voice. I have always wanted to have that same hard-hitting voice. Try as I would, though, I couldn't make my writing voice what it wasn't. I tried, I really did, to turn my voice in to what it wasn't. Finally, I accepted that my voice can't be what it isn't any more than I can be what I'm not.
Joy for today: accepting my voice, and myself.