Developing Your Own Writing Style.
Writing is a personal and intimate art, and many writers develop their own personal style for telling stories, or even just relaying information. The subject of style is vast and varied; numerous
books have been written simply exploring the very concept and idea of style, not to mention its application to various industries, arts and studies. Style is a tough word to define, but in this
context, we can narrow down the definition.
What’s a Writing Style?
To picture a writing style, start by picturing a speaking style. Everyone has a different speaking style; some people speak fast, some people speak slow. Some people use filler words like, “uh,” when figuring out the next part of their statement, while some people prefer to take a long pause. The truth of the matter is, speaking styles are often complex and are made up of many factors that form together to create a unique style.
Just like speaking styles, writing styles are influenced by a number of factors, and perfectly defining a writing style can be far too difficult to achieve. If writing styles are so complex, what’s the best way of developing your own, personal writing style?
Finding Your Voice
For starters, it’s important to remember that writing styles aren’t entirely decided on by the writer. This isn’t the same as choosing a particular style of martial arts to learn, for
example. In fact, this isn’t the same as choosing anything at all. Everyone has a writing style, and part of developing your writing style is paying attention to the one you already have. They
don’t call it creating your voice, they call it finding your voice, because that voice, which is your writing style, is already inside of you. Instead of trying to make yourself adopt a certain
style, which will always end up looking forced, it’s much easier to simply discover the voice you already have. If you don’t know what you’re personal style is, keep writing. Once you’ve written
enough, you can easily check the texts for themes, pacing and all kinds of other details that determine writing style
Using Your Voice
Once you’ve found your voice, which could also be called your writing style, there are two effective ways of making it stronger. First, you can keep writing. The more you write, the more you learn, and you’ll start to see strong patterns of your writing that you can expand upon. Likewise, you’ll also start to see the flaws of your style, but that’s no reason to be discouraged. A large part of developing your own personal writing style is discovering the areas where you need improvement.
The other way of improving your writing style is by simply learning more about it. Though each true writing style is unique, there are bound to be similarities, most likely found in whatever your favorite works happen to be. Read your favorite stories, explore your favorite authors and pay special attention to their style, including how it differs and compares to your own. You should never outright steal an idea, but it’s perfectly fine to take inspiration from the works of successful authors. There’s a reason why they’re successful, after all.
Discovering your own personal writing style takes patience. It can’t be forced or sped along, and the only process that will reveal your personal style is sitting down, writing and examining your
own work in detail. It may not be fun or interesting, but discovering and perfecting your own personal style can be the difference between writing good stories and writing memorable