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    Your own styles

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by GreyWolf, Feb 15, 2009.

    Do you find you have your own style of writing that stays with you?

    My style annoys me sometimes, I find when I'm writing a story I always have them speak 'proper' and olden day. That's ok when I'm writing a story set in that time, but I find it just comes out on every story now ahhhh lol.
     
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    I think a unique style is essential to every writer regardless of where they are. If there is something you do not like in your evolving style, then try and stamp it out; that is; if you really don't like it.

    Also, your own style will be influenced by every book you read, now, I read a lot of Poe, and Lovecraft, so my style is quite archaic and prone to using complex/old fashioned words. I irritate myself sometimes by using words like: esoteric, stygian, rugose, eldritch, hitherto and queer when I mean strange. Also I find myself writing very long detailed sentences.

    But these things are not really bad, unless you really don't like that sort of thing.
     
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    Yes, I really love the way I write, It's just a little annoying when I want to try somthing new. But I think I shall keep on with what I love :)

    How would you guys discribe your styles?
     
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    Well, I don't see a problem, Lemex, with using obscure words, IF they are well-used, and BETTER than a word that is more modern.

    I mean, esoteric is a useful, specific word. I don't see a reason to disuse it.
    Same with hitherto, which means 'until the point in time under discussion'.
    Another good word for 'hitherto' is 'heretofore,' which means the same thing. (Until now)

    Your others were a bit unclear as to their meanings, when I looked them up. (As of leaves; being wrinkly? That seems a bit of a dud word.)

    And stygian means 'infernal,' so there is little reason to use it.

    I don't know what 'writing style' IS, so I cannot tell you mine. Wish I could. It'd be more entertaining if I knew what my style is.
     
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    Trust me; you find it very irritating when the little voice in your head keeps saying 'Word: Use it!' when you want to add variety :)

    It's not like I have a limited vocabulary, I just find that I have 'Friendly words' as I like to call them. Words I just like the sound of, so try to use them ... then I keep on using them ... then they grow irritating when I'm trying not to repeat myself.

    Oh, and ...

    rugose - rough/hard: The wall was a tough, rugose surface that hurt the skin as I pushed myself upon it.
    eldritch - strange/unearthy: I was affected with an eldritch sense of dread, which I had trouble placing.
     
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    i always write in a thing i've called 2nd person (dunno if it exists) but it causes me to keep changing between 1st and 3rd person, past, present and future? tense and all that. its really annoying
     
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    "Second person" exists. It's when the story is told to "you":

    "You entered the room and looked around. Finding the lightswitch on the wall, you flicked it on..."

    To the OP: I have my own style that sticks with me--the style of my adult erotica serial set in ancient times is much like that of my PG-13 fantasy serial with a modern-day protagonist in older times, which is like that of my modern-day occult novels, which is like that of my shorter stories set in ancient Egypt. (I should say, my writing/narrative style stays the same--my characters have dialogue styles all their own, unlike what the OP suggests for their own writing. Style and character dialogue are two different things.) It doesn't bother me though since it's my style--why let it bother me if it's how I write?

    That being said, I do wish I could have a shorter style sometimes, since I always end up with really long serials, it seems. People who have actually read my work don't let the length of it bother them, but people who haven't read it yet prejudge it as being "crap" because it's so lengthy, and don't go near it. :(

    On learning my main serial series runs over a million words so far, another forum member elsewhere sniffed, "I wouldn't read a million words unless it was a DAMN GOOD million words"...as if I'd be sitting here churning out a million words of crap just for the fun of it. Very rude.
     
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    Second person is horrible in fiction. The writer metphorically treats the reader as a ventriloquists dummy, and don't even THINK of putting your hand there!
     
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    I've always thought second person should be reserved for "Choose your own adventure" books.
     
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    I read a lot of Poe and Lovecraft, so that reflects my writing a lot. I'm very much influenced by Poe, so I use length details and become a bit wordy at times.[Though there is nothing wrong with that I suppose] I've come to love stories with details, lengthy ones and everything like that.
    There is something intriguing about something is not abstract, but at the same time abstract.
    And I just love archaic writing.
     
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    ...which are, in turn, best used as kindling.
     
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    My writing style has changed a bit, but only because I'm still experimenting and brimming with new ideas and whatnot. Mostly I stick to the wry, semi-sarcastic, narrative type of "voice" adopted for my favorite works.

    Every writer has a unique style, why would they not?
     

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