Style: I have it! Do you?!
For the first time I realized my uniqueness as a writer. I have a my own style. I have heard people tell me several times they love my unique style, or that they haven’t seen anyone write like I do. But I never understood it, I never saw how I stuck out-recognized my style until now.
Why am I mentioning this you ask?
Because this is a big realization for me. Those who know me pretty well already (you know who you are my faithful stalkers), know I don’t read much (I’m referring to fiction-I read a lot of non-fiction), unless it’s a short story that I can finish quickly or am asked to look at by a fellow writer. I’ve heard the phrase, “You have to read a lot to become a better writer.”, over and over and over again by several people and frankly it kinda annoys me.
Because I don’t agree with this. Well-in my case at least, it hasn’t attributed to my rising talent as a writer over the years. I have read a lot of things from other writers lately (book excerpts mostly) and after seeing example after example, I’ve seen a huge difference between my writing and theirs. Like huge. No, mine’s not better, it’s just different.
Through this ‘research’, I’ve noticed a lot of other writers write the same. For example I see a lot of this;
“Your ass is hot in those jeans.”, Hannah said.
“If they’re so hot then maybe I should take them off.” Jeff said with a grin as big as the bulge in the front of his jeans.
She reached forward and touched his plaid shirt. It was covered in a light dust from working in the fields.
“I have something for you to fix.”, she said in a husky voice.
She looked up at him. Her eyes showed she was ready for more than a trip back to town.
“Fix or break?”
Next comes some description about some foreplay then a few paragraphs about cheap sex in the bed of his pickup and how he made the oh so sexy doy face when he blah blah blahed in her Pa pa pa-see…..and boom went the dynamite.
I hate this kind of writing style. It’s the same boring style a bunch of other people use just with a different voice from writer to writer. Sure the story’s unique but damn, it’s boring. No passion, no personal stamp. What stands out about this besides Jeff’s throbbing cock? (which isn’t all that big really) Is this because people read a lot and this is what they see as the norm? Like it’s ingrained in their brain that they have to write this way because others do?
Hmm….interesting. Rules in a world where rules shouldn’t matter (unless it’s grammar then you bet your honey buns it does!) So maybe if you want to break from the norm and become your own unique writer you need to do less reading and more writing. Spend more time creating a you to go along with your stories.
Is this style the trademark of a newbie writer that hasn’t yet found their style? And maybe the path to finding our unique style is different for everyone-one that has nothing to do with reading tons of books, it’s the accumulation of hard work and a lot of the obvious. Writing, writing and rewriting. So my opinion?
You have to write to become a better writer.
I’m different. I have a style that stands apart from the rest. Do you?
From Black Hawke:
Leah came from the hallway. She was dressed in trendy jeans and a tight cargo jacket that was unbuttoned in the front to show her sparkling yellow tank top that was low cut.
“Wow…” His friend licked his lips as his eyes stared at the charm on her necklace that bounced off her breasts playfully as she walked. “Now that’s-“
“Distracting.” Nick sighed, a sour look on his face as his eyes slowly made their way up to meet the owner of the great rack’s face.
“Ready?” Her hair was now pulled up into a stylish ponytail, a soft yellow flower on the side of her headband that was hidden under the short layers of hair that fell around her cheeks.
She looked like she was dressed up for a night on the town, not an undercover patrol. Nick could see she was high maintenance and thought she probably was never caught without her makeup and matching shoes.
“What?” She looked at his blank expression, not understanding what was wrong with him.
“You’re wearing that?” Nick pointed to her outfit, his voice showing his annoyance.
She kicked back her leg, her calf now resting against the back of her thigh as she grabbed the tip of her shoe. “I wore sneakers.”
Seeing her flexibility wasn’t helping and it was clear on Nick’s face that he wanted her-badly. She was clearly teasing him and instead of turning him on it was turning Nick’s stomach. If he had been taking her on a date it would’ve been different but on a hunt? He didn’t want this kind of distraction, but the resting bulge in his pants did.
His friend patted him on the back playfully then slipped a condom into Nick’s back pocket, “To hold your extra bullets.”
Now you weigh in. What’s your opinion on the question;
“Writers need to read a lot to become better writers.”
This entry was posted on March 21, 2013 by H.N. Sieverding. It was filed under Daily rambling and was tagged with author, editing, excerpt, fiction, novel, reading, story, style, unique, writer, writers, writing.