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Offline Butterfly21

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What exactly is writing style?
« on: October 26, 2011, 08:39:05 PM »
I probably should know the answer to this but I really don't.

When I think of what writing style could possibly refer to, there's such a wide range of things to take into consideration.

Is it a set few things to do with your writing that is considered part of your style, or is it overall how you handle and write everything?

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Re: What exactly is writing style?
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2011, 09:19:36 PM »
Hi Butterfly, instead of trying to put it in my own words and cover all the variables, have a look here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Writing_style
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Re: What exactly is writing style?
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2011, 09:55:24 PM »
Butterfly -

The short answer to your question is yes. Writing style is all of those things and more.

It's the way you tell a story. It's the way you talk to your readers. It's the word choices you make and the sentence structure. It's what you develop after a gazillion rejections and bad critiques that all end in don't-give-up-your-day-job. It tells your audience a lot about you and shows them your worldview as seen through your characters.

Don't worry about style. Just write. Style will take care of itself. Writing style is constantly evolving and if it ever stops, you'll know it's time to hang up your pen.
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Re: What exactly is writing style?
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2011, 10:25:37 PM »
Thanks, Alice. I did look it up and had a read on wikipedia. Your link was helpful.  :)

And, Don, great explanation. Thanks for taking the time to explain it to me that way. :)
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Re: What exactly is writing style?
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2011, 05:52:56 PM »
If think you should always go for a plain and unpretentious style. If you write to impress your readers, you will probably fail to impress them. If you write to express yourself and your ideas, clearly and sincerely, then you very probably will impress them. 'Trying to be too clever,' in other words, or 'trying too hard', only increases the risk of appearing foolish. Pretentiousness will impress only the shallow and gullible.

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Re: What exactly is writing style?
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2011, 09:04:32 PM »
I've read stuff like that, Taylor.

They write trying to impress and its blatantly obvious with all the big words they throw into every sentence and some even throw in a couple metaphors every couple of paragraphs.  :D

I used to write like that when I was like 12.

Now, I write it a lot simpler.

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Re: What exactly is writing style?
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2011, 06:47:58 AM »
Writer's style is just how a writer puts into words expressions of emotions/imagery. It is something once found, should be developed and polished until fully theirs.

As for using strong words (impressive words) Well, as long as they fit the words around them, then I believe a writer should never fear. I have met people who have an extraordinary vocab and to ask them to limit it due to a reader's inability to grasp fully, is improper, because you are asking them to write outside the normal way of speech-writing.

Every word should have a reason, should work with every other word, should tie the story together.

It is not impossible to change certain aspects of style in writing, but a writer should be very sure it is for the betterment of their writing and story, because it will effect all the other writings they then do.

Don't be afraid of 'big words' - though sometimes a rock is just a rock, other times, when expanded, it can be more defined to give a better depth to the story.

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Re: What exactly is writing style?
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2011, 08:19:35 AM »
Writer's style is just how a writer puts into words expressions of emotions/imagery. It is something once found, should be developed and polished until fully theirs.

As for using strong words (impressive words) Well, as long as they fit the words around them, then I believe a writer should never fear. I have met people who have an extraordinary vocab and to ask them to limit it due to a reader's inability to grasp fully, is improper, because you are asking them to write outside the normal way of speech-writing.

Every word should have a reason, should work with every other word, should tie the story together.

It is not impossible to change certain aspects of style in writing, but a writer should be very sure it is for the betterment of their writing and story, because it will effect all the other writings they then do.

Don't be afraid of 'big words' - though sometimes a rock is just a rock, other times, when expanded, it can be more defined to give a better depth to the story.

Agreed. I'm not afraid of big words. I love them actually, they work very well at the right times.
Though in my early years of writing, I used to throw them around haphazardly like confetti.  :D
Until I realized, hey, sometimes a rock is just a rock. Yes.  :)
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