What does it mean when people talk about voice when referring to someone's writing? Is it his/her specific point of view? or Can two people have the same point of view and different writing voices?
In terms of writing, "voice" can mean several different things, depending on unpredictable variables.
Clearly, not everybody reads the same way. Literacy is modern technology — not naturally-evolved like real language — and not everybody realizes yet that writing is just transcribed speech — i.e, "voice". Everybody, as we all know, develops their own ways of dealing with technology, and writing is no exception.
Thus, I'm certain that I'm missing some senses. But the metaphor is clear:
In writing as in speech, "voice" is about how you express yourself - style, rather than substance.
A writer's "point of view" on any specific subject isn't necessarily relevant to how he expresses his views. If Ernest Hemmingway had ever changed his opinion about bullfighting and decided to disparage it, any such writing would still embody his distinctive "written voice" (characterised by short precise phrasing, omission of peripheral details, etc.).
Usually 'voice' means the 'point of view' that the prose is meant to convey.
So, for example, 'stream-of-consciousness voice' is meant to give you the thoughts of (usually) the narrator, from moment to moment. 'Character voice' is meant to convey that this is one person's (i.e. "character's") version of a story, where the character may or may not be central to the plot unfolding.
protected by RegDwigнt♦ Sep 15 at 9:53
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