How to Understand Your Writing Style

“When we see a natural style, we are astonished and delighted; for we expected to see an author, and we find a man.” Blaise Pascal

Whenever I finish a really good novel, I immediately begin to think about it.

Style is an elusive thing. And I suspect that the more we attempt to nail it down, the quicker it moves, and wriggles away under a pile of writing.

It is hard to define what style is in any art. Painters know about style, it can be very obvious in their work. Onlookers who view a painting can say a few words about a painters style, but the deeper they go, the more of an argument they incite with their neighbor.

Eliciting Style from other Writers

Trying to elicit style from another author who we admire, is easier to do than to consciously develop our own style.

Trying to develop a style yourself can be like chasing your own tail.

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Berlin Notes — Writing about the Creative Art of Living http://seandurham.eu

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