Definition of Style

According to literarydevices.net, style is the way a writer writes and it is the technique which an individual author uses in his writing.  The type of style an author uses varies from person to person because each writer develops their own style over time.  There a many base styles that writers often use to create a foundation to build off of.  We often learn them in elementary school.  There are four basic literary styles: Expository, Descriptive, Persuasive, and Narrative.  The website on literary devices I found has many different examples to reference as well as well written definitions on the basics of style.

Cite: http://literarydevices.net/style/

Elements of Style

Style is something that is developed over time.  As writers, we all have our own styles and ways we like to write and express our creativity.  There are many elements of writing that contribute a writers style, but of the most important are word choice, sentence fluency, and voice.

Word Choice is incredibly important when developing clarity and detail in any type of writing.  A good writer will choose words that contribute to the flow of the work.  The use of sentence fluency is important because it helps the writer develop sentences that vary in length and rhythm.  Voice lets the writer put their own spin or personality into the work.

Style is in every piece of writing we read.  The elements that go into it are important because they make the work unique.

Cite: http://www.learnnc.org/lp/editions/few/684

Emulating Style

Style or “voice” is a by-product, not a goal, and you may find it takes time for yours to emerge…and one day, when you’ve stopped worrying about it, it’ll be there.  

 JURGEN WOLFF

Everyone has their favorite writers and genre’s.  The real question is, should you emulate your favorite writers style?  I came across a blog that stated this question and it really made me think.  As aspiring writers, we should find ways to pave our own legacies and use our favorite writers style as a reference without copying their style.  It is a difficult concept to take something that exists and turn it into new.  Emulating our favorite writers, while seemingly a good idea, takes away some of the originality in our own writing.  I think that with the amount of resources available to us, we should try to not emulate our favorite writers, but gain inspiration from them and create something new.

Blog: http://timetowrite.blogs.com/weblog/2013/07/should-you-emulate-your-favorite-writers-style.html

Nora Roberts: Changing the face of “Category Romance”

When a reader thinks of a Romance Novel, we often attribute it to a “category romance.”  By this I mean, the stories have similar styles in format and story line.  They follow a simple structure of boy meets girl, they fall in love, and happily ever after.  Nora Roberts found a way to Americanize the Romance genre.  She started out writing “category romances”, but then expanded her work into something incredible.  She changed the face of romance novels by giving her heroines spunky careers and a care-free attitude towards marriage.  Her stories are not solely about finding love, they are about real people discovering what its like to build a life together.  Her characters are searching for something, not someone.  Her writing style defies the definition of a romance novel and is written for the masses.

Link: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/nov/20/nora-roberts-interview-romance-fiction

 

The Needle and The Mouse

While researching for my writers profile, I discovered that my author not only published written articles, but she published podcast’s as well.  This is a whole different style and experience for a writer.  Writing out your opinions is one thing, but writing and then verbally expressing is another.

The blog that host these podcast’s is titled The Needle and the Mouse.  It covers The Fashion of Technology and the Technology of Fashion.  Lauren Sherman and her husband Co-host the podcast’s together.  As we drift into this new digital age, writing is changing all the time.  Most platforms we read on are electronic.  The transition from text to video is just another step towards a digital revolution for the publishing world.  These podcast’s present information in a fun informative way that is easy to keep the audiences attention.  Its a different experience and is received or translated differently than it would be on paper.

Source: http://theneedleandthemouse.com/

A guide to Authenticity: Writing Your Story

Have you ever heard the phrase “Write what you know”?  Many of us have and have used this as a guideline for our writing.  Ellen Taliaferro states in this article “The stories you hear and observe each day weave the rich fabric of your work and personal life.”  We live stories every day and with that comes inspiration and imagination.  Socrates once said “The unexamined life is not worth living.”  We are constantly discovering new things everyday.  By using our stories that we observe and live through as our guiding light, we form our own foundations to be inspired by everything around us.

This article that I found was written by a Doctor.  She outlines the best ways to write your story and draw from your life experiences.  Every step is your decision and as you write your journey, the path behind you is laid out neatly.

Source: http://ellentaliaferro.com/writing-your-story-from-true-life-experiences/

Strategies and Backup Plans

The title of this website is Study Guides and strategies.  It has so many resources to different writing processes for every level of writer.  The headings have multiple different links that are topic specific.

Essay and Writing Sequences:  This heading has all different types of planning and editing links to reference as you’re writing.

Types of Writing: There are all kinds of different styles and formats listed under this heading.

The links provided by this website have all been thoroughly checked and approved.  The guides are constantly under revision to be as up to date as possible.  There are links to citing websites and so much more.

Source: http://www.studygs.net/writing/

 

31 ways to find Writing Inspiration

I came across this article on writing inspiration that I thought was interesting.  The author, Leo Babauta, put together a list of things, places, and activities a writer can do to gain inspiration.  I thought it was funny that he states “it can come from the unlikeliest sources.”  Its true that you never know what is going to inspire you.  Writers inspiration is a key part to the writing process.  I agree with Babauta that, “Every writer needs to find inspiration in order to produce inspired writing.”  

A few that I found to be quite helpful were free writing, the writing journal, and people watching.  You can sometimes get your best inspiration from your surroundings.

Source: http://writetodone.com/31-ways-to-find-inspiration-for-your-writing/

The 5-Step Writing Process

A lot of us began our writing careers by learning about the 5-step writing process.  Whenever I am struggling with writer’s block or trying to find what to do next, I always go back to my roots.  While it is a very basic process, I have found it helps my mind focus on the important factors of my writing.  Once I have a new foundation, I can move on in a new direction that generally enhances my writing.

The simplicity of this process gives the writer a foundation to build on when they don’t know where to turn.  The first step, pre-writing, is a great place to generate ideas.  All writers have their own way of doing this whether it be using thinking maps or writing out whatever comes to their mind first.  I find myself going back to this step many times during my entire writing process.  I always find something new that I may have missed or had not thought of before.

In any type of writing or project, you need a stable foundation to be able to venture off into the depths of your imagination.  The best thing about a foundation is it has a beginning that you can go back to if the need arises.

Source:

http://www.liferichpublishing.com/AuthorResources/General/5-Step-Writing-Process.aspx

 

 

Write Well, Write Often

While conducting my research for my writers profile, I came across an interview with my writer, Lauren Sherman.  The interview was done by Examiner.com and was discussing blogging culture.  I found the information Lauren Sherman talked about really eyeopening.  She has worked with countless platforms and has a deep grasp of the digital writing age.  I think some of her best advice in the article is:

“You need to practice your trade to get good at it and you need to immerse yourself in good writing to be able to write well.”

We all are aspiring to achieve something with our writing.  The best thing we can do is practice what we have learned to expand our horizons.

http://www.examiner.com/article/blogging-fashion-and-technology-interview-with-lauren-sherman