I've found that while I am struggling to perfect my next novel, I must also perfect my voice. I wrote eight chapters before I realized that I had to go back and reread the first one because it sounded flat. Not only did I discover that the character was one-dimensional, there was a pathetic sameness that seemed to punch me in the face and beg, "WILL YOU PLEASE DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT?" I didn't need action or a stronger plot. I could address the plot later. And since the first chapter is filled with action already, that's not what I needed either. What I needed now was that storytelling style that keeps readers turning the page. Often, I find myself stuck on that first chapter for hours rearranging the words until finally something clicks. I hear a rhythm that's uneven, choppy, then smoothing out into this seemingly musical upbeat tempo; flowery in part--purple prose, if you will; mysterious in others. I always smile when a rhythm emerges. Many say to write the entire novel first--just get it down on paper. That advice has its place. Rare do I worry about getting all the story down on paper because the story is embedded in my brain long before I turn on my computer and begin, "Yesterday, the Glenwood Canyon lacked the defiance and ferocity Robert Jaeger craved." But for me, I can't move on to the next chapter until that voice is right. The beginning is that pivotal place where a story defines the entire manuscript. Once I've established it, I'm ready for the next challenge--to show and not tell. Can you share how you go about finding your voice?