By Michell Léon
When starting out as a writer, you are always looking for the right time and place to write. The perfect setting and moment where everything comes together, and you express yourself with divine elegance and supernatural depth.
You seek that moment, and try to design it the best you can. Depending on who you are, you either go for solitude and silence, or the nearest café to absorb the atmosphere and turn it into something on the page.
You start having little rituals that you must perform before writing, and you might even start demanding a certain behavior from people around you, when you are in writing mode.
To be fair, we all have our creative preferences, and once you find them, it does pay off to stick to them.
However, your voice doesn't grow out of the writing space around you. It's not dependent on any particular setting in order to function. If you think so, get rid of that idea. It's an illusion.
The only space your voice depends on is the space inside you. The depths of your inner being. All the stuff on the outside is just your mind trying to facilitate the unfolding of whatever is there on the inside.