The voice of one's writings which embodies a completely different personality than that which is used naturally by an individual when speaking. Often times, there seems to be a formality which is uncharacteristic to the person that is used as a means of persuasion or description, even when writing to those to whom the individual is informal.
Following are two ways of conveying a message. First, using the paper persona, and second, using regular speech:
"There was a period of years where I, in a phase of morbid development, blamed myself for every occurrence of misfortune. However in recent days, I've learned to dissociate from that pattern."
"For years, I just blamed myself for everything bad, man. But I've been working on it. I think I'm better now."