A lot of talk goes on about writers finding their voice. It's talked about as though an epic quest is involved, probably including an elf, a dwarf and a whole lot of horses who run like hay-powered cars.
This might be how it is for some writers, but it wasn't for me. I already had a voice when I first came on the internet. People would read my postings on newsgroups and forums and say "you should be a writer". I laughed at them. After all, I was posting silly stuff about kittens or why pixies were to blame for everything. It wasn't fiction.
But sometimes, I'd give writing a story a go. Those stories were technically correct, lifeless and dull.
The lightbulb moment was realising I could write stories in the same language as my forum posts. I was allowed to make jokes. I could break grammar rules. I was even allowed exclamation marks, in moderation!
I'm not the only one. I've seen a lot of cases where a writer puts up something boring for critique. After being told it's boring, they reply to explain things. The reply has evocative language, passion and all the things the writing lacked. They have their voice. They just haven't realised it yet.
Following mystical guidelines for voice finding may work for some people, but for many, it's like searching for your glasses when they were on a string around your neck the whole time. My advice for finding a writerly voice is much simpler: look in the mirror. Your voice is waiting in your daily emails and forum posts.