Ory's writing notes: Introduction, and thoughts on Style.

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Hello everyone,

It is my intention to create a list of blog series that will cover different aspects of writing, famous works, essays, and Authors. Some of these subjects will be useless to you, and some will not. Which subjects you choose to incorporate into your writing will depend on you, and 'your' style, but what is style?

Style, I see this word thrown around a lot, and I'm still not 100% sure what it means when people ask "What is my style?" followed by a 3-5 sentence paragraph. In my opinion, it is an impossible question to answer. Style, in my opinion, is the sum total parts of your writing. Do you use simple sentences or complex sentences? Do you use Musical devices, figures of speech, meter, irony, foreshadowing, dreamlike-imagery, allusions, symbolism, and allegories? Do you put in layer after layer of subtext and theme into your work? What are the Tone, Voice, and Diction choice of your work? Narrative-mode? Do you write in MRUs? Or something else? Do you use Scene and Sequel? How do you manipulate the 3-Act story structure? Are your Themes, Characters, and plots deep? Or just simply entertainment? I truly believe it is all these things COMBINED that show a person's style, not just a sentence or two they write down. Of course, I could be wrong, and often I am. Regardless, it is my intention to provide new writers with some free content that will aid them on their way.

Master list: https://www.writingforums.org/xfa-blog-browse/ojb.79777/month

Resources:
https://www.writingforums.org/resources/english-grammar-101.152/ (The best free program I've found to help a writer improve their grammar.)
https://www.writingforums.org/resources/walt-mcdonald-advice-i-wish-id-been-told.215/ (A must-read Essay For anyone who is interested in creative writing.)
https://www.writingforums.org/resources/copyright-law.217/ (U.S copyright laws.)
https://www.writingforums.org/resources/interview-with-ted-kooser.239/ (A podcast interview with Ted Kooser, a famous poet.)

Important Threads to read:
1. https://www.writingforums.org/threads/faqs-on-word-count.152108/ (Word count goals for books and genres. Written by the @Tenderiser )

Blog series on different subjects of writing.
1. Metrical writing (21 parts): https://www.writingforums.org/entry/a-study-of-metrical-writing-part-1-introduction.63871/

Blog series on famous works, essays, and Authors.
1. Clive Barker, a horror writer (Current series): https://www.writingforums.org/entry/horror-a-study-on-clive-barker-part-1-intro.63788/

2. Lord Tennyson's Idylls of the King, a story about the Rise and Fall of King Arthur, written in Iambic Pentameter (14 parts): https://www.writingforums.org/entry/meter-a-study-of-idylls-of-the-king-part-1-an-introduction.63905/
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