I've really enjoyed reading the other Girlfriends' posts on how they learned their craft of writing.
Isn't it funny (annoying) when someone tells you, "Oh, you write novels? I always thought that was easy. I could do it in a weekend?" On the outside, I'm reasonably courteous and say things like, "You should give it a shot," instead of, "Well, once you grow a pair and decide you can write a plot that lasts 300 pages - something people actually want to read, and then have the dedication to spend several months working on it - let me know."
What was I talking about? Oh yeah, writing. I think the hardest part of learning to write for me was finding my voice. I tried the usual rookie move - writing to sound like other published writers - because hey, that's what sells, right? Okay, so you probably know the result - I failed big time. Turns out I can't write a historical like Johanna Lindsey or a Harlequin Intrigue like BJ Daniels.
I could string sentence together and spell like a demon. But until I found my true voice, I had no idea what I was doing. It wasn't until my fourth manuscript that I started writing like, well, like me.
I'm not sure why this is such a difficult lesson to learn. And maybe I'm the only one who had trouble with it. When they say "write what you know," I think they might be wrong. It should be, "write like you are." At least, that's how I see it.
How about you? Did you find your voice easily?