As a writer, does reading affect your 'voice'?
We all know what 'voice' is; it's that special something, that personal flare that you hope is unique and strong enough to carry your story. It's more than just your MC's voice-- it's the voice, the tone, the feeling of your writing.
Voice is that je ne sais quoi factor. Voice is something that isn't tangible; you can't see it, you can't touch it, you can't grab it-- but you want to channel it. You want your writing to have a voice that makes people want to read; a voice that amazes agents and makes publishers want to publish.
So my question is this: Do outside factors affect your voice? If you read a published book do you "pick up" on the author's voice and does it change your own writing style?
Do you even read a book hoping to be influenced by the prose? I suppose it doesn't even need to be a book that influences your voice- can you be affected by music or tv as well? Do you play certain music or shows to get into the desired mood/mindset? And does your voice change from story to story, or is it always the same?
I'm very curious to hear from others about this! I spend a lot of time analyzing my own voice, (writers are told over and over again how important a strong voice is) and I wonder how everyone else views this concept.