Welcome to writing Wednesday everybody! Today I'm not prompting with you all because I'd like to talk about style in writing. I've been reading a lot lately, mostly due to waiting room visits and the snow keeping me inside. This is obviously a good thing but I've noticed a lot of the books I've been reading lack style and anything noteworthy. While it's great because I've been able to fall asleep fast, I'm craving a good book! And by good book I don't just mean story, I mean writing as well.
And then there's the other end of the spectrum...Authors who get too into the style that it's actually hard to read and get through. And you get authors who try to emulate others and it just miserably fails because let's be honest, it's not you!
When I wrote my first book (it's not published so you don't know what I'm talking about) I didn't have a style. How could I? It was my first real manuscript and I was still discovering how I wanted to write and what worked for me. But as I wrote more, I came into my own. Your style is your own and you have to find it through writing. It won't just come to you. You don't have to try to do it. You just do!
Important things you can do to find your style:
At the end of the day, the style of your writing is what makes you stick out compared to others. People read your work and should be able to identify you without knowing the author. I found this really cool quiz that gives you a paragraph and you have to identify the author. Here's a try...
Anybody know who that is?? Ernest Hemingway,