I definitely agree that your personal experience contributes to finding your voice. I didn’t think about the influence that reading has on finding your voice. But, after thinking about what you’ve written here, it totally makes sense. Reading is something that I should do on a more regular basis. Well, I’ve read news articles, but I don’t think that really counts. Or, does it?
I would say that I think some people have a natural voice. Sure, they may need to refine it. Writing more and more works towards developing and enhancing this voice, but the voice was already found. What do you think?