Ok, so I've spent the last couple of days reading over all the short stories I wrote last year, and doing a bit of editing. I've kind of reached the conclusion that everything I write reads as if a 14 year old wrote it. In fact, I'm pretty sure my 'voice' was more mature at 14 than it is now (though my storylines and characters are substantially better than they used to be). I used to get in trouble in high school because my essays sounded like short stories. Since starting uni, everything I have written has come off as dry and factual. I feel like I've forgotten how to really 'write' and it, quite frankly, sucks. I'm hoping that as I mature my style does, too, but I feel like as evolves, I actually enjoy my stories less. So my question really goes out to the older writers out there, did you go through a phase like this before you found your own 'voice'? And how did everyone go about developing a style that was well and truly your own, and that you like? Did you have a method, or did it just happen?