It's important to know your own voice. And the only way you're going to know your voice is different from other authors is to read. At the moment I'm reading authors in the same genre as my current WIP and taking notes about what they do, how they use words, the tone they use, how they include things like humour or if they include it at all. And then I come back to my work and I do little comparisons. It's very interesting and I have to say, enlightening.
Anyway during the course of my 'research' I came across this blog post and honestly I haven't laughed so much in a verrrryyyy looooong time (as evidenced by my use of elongated words). What impresses me most about Allie's blog is her language: it's simple, straightforward, entertaining, descriptive and genuinely brilliant. Check out how many replies she gets (folks I'm stoked if I get even one comment but this lady regularly has comments in the hundreds and the post I linked for you racked up over a thousand - yep you read it correctly - over A THOUSAND comments)! So she's got to be doing something right.
It may not be a usual writing tip or trick but I hope, as a writer, it will make you think about your own writing style..........and even if it doesn't, it's as funny as all hell.
I'm going to eat cake now.