I own and have read a ton of reference books on writing. My goal is to help other writers by recommended those that I found helpful.
This book, finding your voice by Les Edgerton, is by far one of my favorites. I read this book and worked the exercises before I had even met him, so his great personality didn’t sway my perception beforehand!
One of the reasons that I enjoyed this one so much is because Edgerton writes like is speaking to you on a personal level. This makes for great reading and great learning. Also, there are exercises after the chapters to help with understanding. I never understood voice, so having a book completely about this mystifying topic was a great help.
I think my favorite chapter is Six, The Elements of Personality or “Voice” (pg. 102) He goes into detail about all of the elements that make up your voice. Then, to my delight, is an Elements of Style exercise where passages from well-known authors are given. Once you study these, you match more passages to the authors you just studied. That to me was one of the most enlightening writing exercises I have ever done.
To conclude, I highly recommend finding your voice for any writer, beginner or advanced. It’s definitely an eye opener!