All the experts urge writers to find their voice.

John Steinbeck found his voice. So did Ernest Hemingway. As did Maya Angelou.

Anne Lamott discovers her voice as she writes. Louise Penny, Michael Connelly, Tim O’Brian: all finding their voices in their books.

They pave the way for us.

And we fight the dragons and we storm the castles
And I do the best that I can
For everybody knows that’s how the story goes
To turn each boy into a bigger man

So I’ll fight the dragons ’til you can

The lyrics are from Broadway’s Big Fish, “Fight the Dragons.”

So many writers developing their voices, showing us the way, till we can.