You may have heard the term "finding your voice" as it relates to your writing endeavors, but what exactly does it mean and how do you do it?
In my view, finding your voice is really about finding the right combination of authenticity and marketability that will get you noticed and help you feel fulfilled.
The opposite of finding your voice is trying to sound like someone else. If you're writing in a genre that has no appeal for you just because it's popular and potentially marketable, long-term satisfaction is unlikely -- even if you achieve a measure of monetary success.
Similarly, if you write what you love and can't market it, you may have found your voice in one sense, but no one is listening.
Finding your voice is a process of trial and error as you search for the intersection of what you love, what you're good at, and what appeals to your audience.
Some experts advise choosing a single genre and sticking with it, which can be a good idea once you get to a certain point in your career. But in the beginning, I recommend experimenting with a variety of genres and formats as you search for the one that will best meet your needs.
Once you've found your voice, let it be heard over and over again.