Twilight is encroaching on the afternoon and I can hear an owl in the trees. He can’t be seen as he perches among the cedar branches but from his hooty “Who cooks for you?” call I know he’s a Barred Owl. His voice is distinctive.
Some moonlit nights I hear coyotes on the hill beyond our marsh. I don’t need to see their long legs, prominent ears and bushy tails to identify them. Their yip-yip-yapping leaves no doubt they are coyotes and not dogs.
This has me thinking. What gives our voices distinction as writers? Do our written voices resonate with our familiar everyday speech patterns or is there a different inflection and tone? When someone reads a passage aloud do the words reflect and identify the author?
Don’t look at me for answers. I’m just asking. 🙂