Awakening the Author Within: Day 5
Finding Your Style
One of the reasons why I am writing this series is that I have not given enough thought about my style. Like many people, I just started writing. I didn’t really think about
who my audience was, why they would want to read what I wrote, and what exact message I wanted them to pull from my writing.
Over the past three years, I have found my voice, but I still haven’t found my style.
So in order to help myself, and others, find style, I searched fashion web sites. I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that clothing fashion actually matched quite well with writing style.
As you read about each style, think about the voice you intend to use with your audience, and then match that voice to a style that blends well with it.
Style One: Artistic –
This creative style is often filled with richly textured vocabulary words, and dressed with lots of figurative language that leaves your readers feeling as though they have just left an art gallery. It can be a long and elaborated prose piece, or a short and concise poetry piece. Either way, it will leave your reader with a new deep insight on how they might view the world.
Style Two: Chic –
This writing style integrates classic writing styles with current writing trends that might not always follow the rules. It searches for what most readers want to hear and gives it to them in a way that communicates the current style as well as attention span.
Style Three: Classic –
This practical, polite, always perfectly punctuated and patterned writing focuses on the quality of an idea, not necessarily the popularity of an idea. It is clear and concise, but may not necessary be a new idea.
Style Four: Exotic –
This mysterious and intriguing writing takes it readers on a rich and vibrate journey of the mind to far away places that are filled with smoky words and hints of foreshadowing.
Style Five: Regional –
Where exotic took readers to far away places, regional writing lands right in the reader’s back yard. This simple, yet specific style focuses on topics that pertain to, and pin-point, interests of a specific local audience, and may even use dialect to get its point across.
Style Six: Flamboyant –
This dramatic, in-your-face writing is flashy, exaggerated, and forceful. It leaves the reader highly emotionally charged for better or for worse.
Style Seven: Glamorous –
This highly refined, dazzling writing is for the highly educated who likes drama, but without the exaggeration. It is subtle and is accessorized with touches of similes, metaphors, and other forms of figurative language.
Style Eight: Romantic –
This poetic, flowing writing leaves the reader with a deep thirst and hope for finding love and being swept away by it.
Style Nine: Sexy –
This raw, and perhaps even a bit raunchy writing style exposes taboo topics that show a lot of skin and leaves little to the imagination.
Style Ten: Academic –
This objective, analytical style reports the facts, figures, and resources it used to develop its hypothesis, and determine it’s conclusion.
Style Eleven: Sporty –
This simple, to the point, bare-bones, no-nonsense style reports what the reader needs to know and not much more. If it is being wordy, it will analyze what went well and what went wrong with a given player or game.
Style Twelve: Goth or Horror –
This dark, and often morbid writing, creates a sense of suspense as the author takes the reader down dark corridors and places the mind.
Finding a writing style is just as important as finding voice. Your writing style is very similar to the style of clothes you wear each day. It is the first thing people see when they approach you, and weather you like it or not, your readers will judge you by it. Not only that, but they will expect you to be consistent with it.
Another thing to contemplate is that if you are writing a fictional story, the style should shift with the characters, but remain consistent with each character.
So go on, try a few out and see which on fits for you and your audience.