And it’s 2 months down already. Can you believe it? Anyway!
It’s been a while I wrote about ‘what are writing styles‘ and I won’t shy away from confessing that I’d totally forgotten about the follow-up post I’d promised to do.
Nevertheless, here I am.
Previously we discussed how it is important to have a writing style of your own. It takes time to arrive at it, but only perseverance can get you there. And although, you may have found your style, I think it is imperative that one ought to keep exploring newer ways just so we can constantly improve ourselves.
Before I get off the track again, let me tell you this.
If it took a hundred tough steps to beat apprehensions around starting to write, it’ll take a thousand to have found the writing style. But you can do it, if you go on.
So, to aid you a bit in your journey of discovering your style, I pick out things I’ve discovered in the past 4 years of my writing tribulations. Here’re some styles I think can work good enough if you hone the sword of your writing skills on the whetstone of your writing style.
Do you like to go right into the details of things? If yes, then you probably are doing that with your writing too, consciously or unconsciously. Some of us can’t seem to be satisfied unless we’ve had a good 20-30 lines of content before a topic or tale is finished. The end result usually is all-too-long paragraphs before you say ‘THE END’. Have you read Dickens or Tolkein? They’re a classic example. The benefit of this style is that a reader gets a comprehensive view of the writer’s thoughts.
Listing only the essentials is what I’d call ‘Cut-to-the-chase’ style is all about. Skipping the unnecessary chunks to hit the crux of the matter is a brilliant way of writing. This style entails a maximum 5-6 line paragraph with enough meat in the limited content. This works best for those who like to have the crucial servings of a piece of work at a mere glance. Rowling or Lahiri beautifully depict this style. The downside though is – it’s a task to package words in a manner that is both frugal and efficient.
What’s the best way to grab attention? Asking questions. This I learnt in school. Teachers would pose a hundred questions to students just so they were engaged in the classroom activities. The same trick works with our audience, irrespective of their age. When you ask questions in your writing, the reader feels involved and nothing works better, to have them glued to your writing. Coelho and Maurier remind me just how easily you can have your readers asking for more!
Now, I’ve tried to put together bits that my mind’s carefully observed over the years. They’ve worked all right for me and then not. They’ve made me bleed and then some more. Keeping it simple has helped me come a long way but still it took years to finally sculpt what I really wanted my style to be like. I can’t really vouch these will work for you. You really have to try and test for yourself.
What’s your style? Have I missed anything here that you’ve discovered in your writing experience? Please share. I’d love to read all about it.
Happy writing till we meet next.
Until then, carpe diem! 🙂
© Asha Seth