The first and most critical step in making your fiction writing original is to find your true voice—a voice that is unique to you. Of course, this is easier said than done. Most writers read a lot, and if you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself inadvertently emulating the style of someone whose writing you admire, or even the style of the book you’re currently reading. Spend the summer reading Hemingway, and your autumn novel might start to sound like Ernest, but not in a good way. See More . . .