What’s Your Style?

Ever read a book and think, Gee. I really like how this author transitions scenes? Or maybe it was the way they structured sentences or used fragments or foreshadowed. Maybe you hated the way an author used flashback or started too many sentences the same way.

We all pick up different elements of style as we read. That’s when our own writing arsenal is built.

If you read my blog, you know that I’m a firm believer in studying other author’s work. Not to mimic, but to develop your own style. I’m also a firm believer in LOVING what you write. If you aren’t truly, madly, deeply in love with it, it will show and part of falling in love with your own writing is…Getting your style right.

Pick up your favorite book by your favorite author, one you hold dear to your heart and pray your book grows up to resemble. What is it about that writing you adore? Do you like the descriptions? The structure? Do you hate the flashbacks or love them? Too much foreshadowing or not enough? What would you change if you could?

If you look close enough, you’ll see things you:

  1. Want to do in your own writing, and things you…
  2. Dislike with a vengeance.
The trick is deciphering between the two because if you’re caught up in the story and characters of a book, even us writers can overlook the actual structure lying before us. 
The key is to know what you like and dislike. Trial and error will most likely occur. But…if you read...a lot…and study…a lot…knowing your style gets much easier.
How did you find your style? What are some things you love to do in your writing? Things you hate?

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  1. I had to stop reading for a while and just write as much as I could. Then I would read over what I had written and decide what was me. After that I was able to go back to reading without it affecting my personal style.

    I also think that you need to know yourself as a person in order to find your voice.

  2. I totally agree! I think that you can learn a lot about styles by reading others in your genre. Which is why, a good writer is a good reader. 🙂 That was lame, but you get the idea. 🙂