Writing Wednesdays: Finding your Writing Style – via authorbethreekles on Tumblr


Some of us look jaw-dropping in a halter neck
top. Others of us will always pick capped sleeves instead. Some people wear
long-sleeves year round; others, tank tops. What I’m trying to say is, we all
have our own style. Our own unique flair to things. And it applies to writing,
too. Your Word document is your changing room.

Question is: how do you find your style?

Sometimes, it depends on what genre you’re
writing. For instance, if I’m writing a fanfic or some historical fiction, I
prefer to use third person and past tense. And I’ve found that for YA, I prefer
first person and (usually) present tense.

One of the first things you need to address is
whether you keep slipping into a different person or tense when you’re writing.
If you keep slipping into first person, past tense, then maybe stick with that
throughout the book. If you’re trying something different and you’re just not
comfortable with it, try going back to the way you are happy with. I’ve found
that sometimes, being more at ease with the style I pick to write in helps me
write more, and feel happier about what I’m writing.

Another thing to think about is tone. As in,
the tone you’re trying to set. You might not often use flowery, emphatic
language, but maybe it’s appropriate to the atmosphere and the scene you’re
trying to set. Or maybe you prefer to write in long-winded sentences –
something snappier and shorter might be more appropriate, depending on the tone
you’re looking for.

Further to that, if you’re writing from the POV
of the protagonist, especially in first person, you’ll want to consider how they
talk, and how they are. Maybe they use ‘so, like,’ a lot when they talk; use it
more in the rest of the book. Maybe they use a lot of slang or abbreviations –
again, that doesn’t have to be constrained to their speech.

It’s okay to not know what works for you. It’s
okay to try something different, or something that may seem unconventional. I
seriously suggest that if you’re stuck when it comes to finding the style you
want to use for your book, that you try a few different things.

And it’s not even all about the writing itself.
Sometimes it’s about how you set out your book. For instance, one of my works
on Wattpad (unfinished at the time of this post), Sun Kissed, is set out in
diary format, with times and dates instead of chapters, and with emails to add
some more depth to the story without the protagonist going over it.

Maybe, like in Perks, your book is made up of a series of letters. Maybe it’s all
diary entries. Maybe it’s emails. Maybe it’s just your usual chapters. Maybe it’s
blog posts. Maybe it’s a mix. Sometimes, figuring out if any of these things
are appropriate to your book can really help you feel more comfortable with
writing it.

Hopefully that’s given you something to think
about when it comes to finding your writing style. Sometimes it really is just
down to good old trial and error!

Want to start from the beginning? Read the first Writing Wednesday post here.
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