The Importance of Emulation

Ask any reader, and they should be able to name their favorite authors off the top of their head. What is it about these authors and their works that makes them so memorable? Entire college courses are dedicated to addressing that question and helping young writers to create their own memorable work. In many cases, the answer is simply, style. As a beginning writer, it is perfectly acceptable to emulate the style of a favorite writer. It is a great way to stretch the limits of your own writing and find out what does and does not work for you.

NowNovel gives an excellent example of how writers can attempt to mimic the writing style of Ernest Hemingway. http://www.nownovel.com/blog/how-to-emulate-hemingway/ Hemingway is an author who has stood the test of time, with many of his works now studied in high school English courses. While I am personally not a fan of Hemingway’s bare-bones writing style, I would not be opposed to giving some of his tactics a try – we learn through mimicking others. You never know what that fresh new style could bring out in your own writing style!

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