I have been thinking of voice lately. One of my favorite definitions:
Voice can be defined as the writer’s awareness and effective use of such elements as diction, tone, syntax, unity, coherence and audience to create a clear and distinct “personality of the writer,” which emerges as a reader interacts with the text.
This little gem of a page is from the Greece Central School District. Yes it’s for K-12 English Teachers. Do not underestimate the power of a good web page explaining a complex topic.
Voice is everything. I have read things that were fodder for the recycle bin, but continued because the author had an engaging voice. Critical thinking and voice: my mantra!