Here’s another one on great writers.
Have you found your style?
I’ll confess right up front, I’ve struggled with voice and style since I began writing. Writing as myself, sounding like me and hoping people enjoy it seems at odds. After all, my mind is a mystery to myself, so how in the world could I expect anyone else to understand my thoughts.
Forgive the rambling. Sometimes I get carried away.
Now back to writing with style.
In this article, Eli James lists seven things to help a writer zero in on their style.
Here are my thoughts:
- Find a subject you care about
- Now I care about a lot of stuff. Hmm, gonna have to work on narrowing this down a bit more.
- Don’t ramble
- Oops, I have really gotta work on this one. My apologies folks.
- Simple. Short and sweet. Sometimes I take that too far. Another point to work on.
- Eli says we must have the guts to cut words and sentences we love. Doesn’t move the story forward, gotta go. No matter how beautiful. Oh well.
- Sound like me
- Write like me, not anyone else. Guess, I shouldn’t try and kill that Southern twang I’ve got going.
- Say what you mean
- Unless writing fantasy, SF fiction where the language is not of this world use words that readers will understand.
- Pity the readers
- Now I admit this one gave me pause. I understand it to mean, write with the reader in mind. Know your audience.
Are you happy with your writing style? Or are you still searching?
Could you learn something from Kurt Vonnegut?
Who do you write like? Click here and find out. I write like…
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