Voice is created through conscious choices. In other words, the writer, painter, or musician purposefully chooses his or her “tools” (words, colors, instruments) and uses them in ways that create a certain effect.
You will learn more about this as we look deeper into voice in reading and writing, but always remember that the creation of voice involves conscious choices. As you consider the conscious choices writers, painters, or musicians make, learn to ask yourself some fundamental questions:
- What is he/she (or the work) saying? (What does the work mean?)
- How do you know? (What evidence can you find in the work to determine the meaning?)
- How does he/she do that? (What tools does the writer/painter/musician use to create meaning, and how does he/she use these tools?)
Look at the photo presented and answer questions 1-3 thoroughly here.