Friday, September 7, 2012

Writing Style

After Wednesday's lengthy IWSG post, I wanted this one to be short and sweet.

Writing styles...

People describe them different ways: sparse, conversational, lyrical, etc.

Writers, how would you describe your writing style or how have others described your writing style?
Readers, do you have a particular writing style that speaks to you?

31 comments:

  1. I have been told that my novel writing reads more like a film script. I do tend to cut from scene to scene and I imagine watching the action as if it were on screen. I have to make myself remeber to add in more description etc. Show don't tell appears to be my mantra!

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    1. Very interesting, especially when we are in an age of TV being a prime way people view interactions.

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  2. I would like to think my writing style has been influenced by Cormac McCarthy and James Lee Burke. We can dream : )

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    1. Yes, Mike, we can most definitely dream...but I've a feeling it is more a dream come true in your regards. You slay me with your writing. I love it.

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  3. I don't think I would be a good judge of my writing style, but several reviewers have called it 'smart'. I like smart. :)


    As for Mike Keyton's writing (of which I read much), I'd call it sublime, irreverent, and lyrical.

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    1. Maria, "smart" is a good descriptor for your writing. You use words that move, act, live and breathe and pack a lot of punch without having to use a lot of words.

      You description of Mike's writing sounds pretty on point :-)

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  4. I have trouble reading prose, but I know others enjoy it. I'm not sure what I'd call my writing style.... The Bomb! Lol

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  5. This totally depends on the book. My YA Fantasy is more lyrical, a little more wordy, but still is packed with action.

    My YA Contemp is definitely more conversational. Very typical 16 year old girl. Same with my YA Science fiction though my MC is a genius so even I don't understand what she's saying sometimes :)

    Have a great weekend my dear!

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    1. Oh the teenage voice...it is usually pretty conversational. Fantasy has a way of lending itself to more of a lyrical manner of approaching the writing, especially when it comes to describing settings.

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    1. With it being Sci-fi, going simple is great. Makes for a great gateway novel for readers new to the genre.

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  7. Readers have told me my stories seem so 'real.' Realism is good! :)

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    1. Sounds like your style "puts" the reader in the moment with realism. Very nice.

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  8. I'm not sure how I'd describe my style. Probably lyrical. Readers have said that they can visualize my characters and the action, that it's easy to get wrapped up in the writing :)

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    1. I often find myself losing track of time when the writing sort of sweeps me away like that. Very cool, Isis.

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  9. My writing style has been changing. It used to be lyrical, but now I think it's more straightforward but with lyrical tendencies. :) Not surprising since I love reading lyrical prose!

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    1. That's a pretty good combination writing style. Gives the reader a way to enjoy a bit of wit with lyrical flow.

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  10. I guess I've never thought about my "style." Is "snarky" a style? Cos I think I'm snarky - I mean my characters are snarky ;)

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    1. LOL!! Your characters have a hint of snark, but it comes with being a teen. Your style has a conversational flavor. Like I could sit down with Indigo and sense her change of moods or the moment she has a spiritual interaction.

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  11. I think I'm a little old-fashioned. I love words, language, description. I have to be careful not to write too much, and my biggest job in revising is always cutting away the excess!

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    1. Words. They are a beautiful thing when strung together in ways that touch the heart, mind and soul.

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  12. I guess I'd say I'm a tight writer, which means I often have to go back in the revision stages and flesh out some scenes. Sometimes I think it would be easier to write with lots of detail in the first draft so I'd have to cut words instead of adding them.

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    1. I wonder if the tighter style would fall in line with the "smart" description, a sharp and witty use of words without too much of the flourish.

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  13. What a great question. I've been told that I weave in the funny.

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    1. The "touch of humor" writing style. Very cool.

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  14. I have no idea what style I write in.I will say the style of my current work is quite different from what I've previously written but I still can't name it!

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    1. We're always learning, changing, improving our writing so it makes sense that our writing style modifies with our growth.

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  15. I've never given it much thought. Sound crazy? I guess for me, I'm still fleshing out my style. Writing is a never-ending learning process.

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  16. I 'Defy the Dark' with my writing. :)

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  17. Great question. I don't know. An agent recently described it as "pacy", but I think that may depend on what's happening in the chapter.

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