Prompt 4: Writing voice

What is a Writer’s Voice?

Answering this perplexing question

Angie Mangino
A Taste for Life
Published in
4 min readJan 17, 2024


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Literary agent Rachelle Gardner answers it this way.

“To me, your writer’s voice is the expression of YOU on the page.

It’s that simple — and that complicated.

Your voice is all about honesty.

It’s the unfettered, non-derivative, unique conglomeration of your thoughts, feelings, passions, dreams, beliefs, fears, and attitudes, coming through in every word you write.

Voice is all about your originality and having the courage to express it.”

~Rachelle Gardner

A writer’s voice is how your personality comes through to the reader.

It remains clear to the reader even if you’re not aware of it.

Knowing your voice, however, enables you to develop it more fully for more…



Angie Mangino
A Taste for Life

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