Minecraft Adventures B2G1 Free

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


Authors, readers, critics, media — and booksellers.


Author Archive: "Ariel S. Winter"

Finding Your Voice

One of the most prized, and most difficult, tasks a new author undertakes is the quest to find his own voice. It is a desire to be unique and original, to sound like no one else. Because voice has to do with sound, right? Voice is the sound we make out loud. But then, what does voice mean when we're discussing the written word, which is composed and read in silence?

According to the oft-turned-to Oxford English Dictionary, phrase 8b (which is to say, very far down the list of definitions), "to find one's (own) voice" is "to find a means of expressing oneself; to arrive at an authentic mode or style of (artistic) self-expression." I like how "artistic" is thrown in as a parenthetical, like there is some other means of self-expression that might be relevant to the definition. But even "artistic" is too broad. We wouldn't talk of a painter's voice or a potter's voice or even a composer's voice — the musician or singer, yes, but not the composer. So, again, we're back at sound — a musician — and writing, which is not sound ...

  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.