Knowing Your Style and When You Should Switch

Have you ever been watching a movie you thought was a comedy, and then all the sudden something tragic and weirdly sad happens, and you’re left wishing you never started watching it? That’s how it sometimes feels when writers oscillate between styles.

So, what is style and what does it actually mean for your genre and audience? There are so many aspects of writing that make up style: word choice, syntax, voice and structure, for example. Whether you like it or not, you start adopting slight style tendencies the more you write. The most popular writers have created a style that makes their work recognizable as their own: J.K. Rowling and her whimsical yet dark and complicated imagery with words, John Green and his quirky word choice and use of metaphors. We grow to love authors due to their style. This is why it doesn’t always work when writers switch to different genres.

Different genres call for different styles. Horror novels are very different from romance novels and have a much different audience. This blog discussion shows that most readers tend to think writers should stick to doing what they know best. If you’re genre calls for a specific style of writing, there’s a reason you’re good at it. It’s possible that when writers try to switch genres, they sacrifice their style and their very personality as an author? Do you guys agree or disagree?

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