When Google recently displayed on their home page a cluster of apples on branches with one falling, it made me realize that the apple REALLY doesn’t fall far from the tree. (You all know, I'm deep like that. cough, cough)
This also started my thinking juices (I love grape) on how unique you all are as writers on your blogs. And how your voice in writing reflects some of your personality and character.
Whether you are a professional writer, an aspiring writer or a blog writer your apple doesn’t fall far from your tree (you).
Writing style is the writer’s voice in the words and structure of what he or she writes (Writing Style). A blog called Mysterious Matters: Mystery Publishing Demystified recommends studying the masters as a good way to learn “how to” put together good crime fiction. It is a great way to learn...from other writers. But even then your words must be your own. Your style or your voice will be yours.
Does it come natural? I believe it does, if...we write as ourselves and not try to mimic others.
What is writing style? Dictionary.com says that writing style is "a style of expressing yourself in writing". You hear it in tone, mannerisms, familiar words and in mental imagery. Cindy Rogers shares that "Style does comprise voice and tone, which are each author's individual stamp" (Word Magic, p177). Just as you and I are not the same person, our individual writing has our own unique stamp revealed in its delivery.
Rogers also believes styles equals interesting writing.
Some of you said you were tearing up when you read about the day my daughter wrecked her car in her first month of her first semester in college. It might have made you feel a little sad when you read the purse story. And some of you said you laughed when you read about my eating habits. So who am I? Each post was different. Which of these posts reveal my voice? They are all my voice. You can see my style in the words I use. You can see my voice in the sentences I have constructed. And if I did a good enough job in Don't Go Breaking My Heart then my words took you somewhere else before you found the truth.
This is what I have learned about producing my own writing style:
- Writing style should include your own tempo.
- Your voice should appear through vivid imagery in words.
- Style includes short sentences for drama and mystery.
- Style includes long sentences for description and other things.
- And your writing style may show a passion or statement without throwing it in someone’s face.
As I read your blogs or your books I see your tailoring. I see your handprints. Sometimes I see your hearts. I see you. Good job. Well done.
I hope to post links to some writers I am learning from in the blogger world in the near future, in case you are interested.
Question: So what do you think about voice? Will you add your thoughts and/or your expertise?
Writing Sources:Strunk,W and White E. B. (2000). The Elements of Style. New York: Allyn and Bacon,4th ed.
Rogers, C. (2004). Word Magic. Your source for language that enchants, empowers, convinces and wins readers. CT: Institute of Children's Literature.