Find Your Writing Style

18 Apr

003Welcome back to the next installment of Artistry With Words.  I’m glad you all joined me today.  Kick off your shoes, grab a chair and let me entertain you for a few minutes.  Refreshments will be served shortly so I hope you left room for some goodies.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Easy reading is damn hard writing.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Ain’t that the truth?  Our job as writers is to produce easy reading for our readers, and without a doubt that is a tough job on the best of days.

TIP OF THE DAY

Write as if you were talking or writing to a friend, and never be afraid to experiment.

What is your writing style? Do you know? Are you comfortable with it or are you still searching for it?  Many would call this your writer’s voice and in fact, that’s as good a description as any.  Our writing style is unique to us.  Nobody else writes exactly as you do, so develop that style and be proud of it.

Read the simplicity of phrasing in “To Kill A Mockingbird” and then read the intricacy of phrasing in “The Grapes of Wrath.”  Check out the short sentences of James Patterson and then the long, descriptive sentences of James Lee Burke.  Their style is their signature, and it has been developed over years of practice and hard work.

Experiment with different genres.  Tape record yourself talking and then listen to your words.  Keep at it until you develop a style that is uniquely yours and yours alone.  In the final analysis, you are the one who must be satisfied and comfortable with your writing, but remember a very important truth:  if your readers are not comfortable with your writing you will have failed at your job as a writer.

SITE OF THE DAY

Writer’s Beat.com can be found here.  You will find a long list of forum topics where you can discuss writing with other writers and gain valuable information and perspective.

BOOK OF THE DAY

“The Art of Column Writing” by Suzette Martinez Standring.  This is an excellent book that gives great insider secrets from the likes of Art Buchwald, Dave Barry, Arianna Huffington and Pete Hamill, all great columnists.  If you have ever considered writing a column and getting it syndicated, this is the book for you.

WINNER OF MY BOOK GIVEAWAY

Congratulations to Deb Neyens from the fine state of Iowa.  She guessed that I was 25 when I first climbed Mt. Rainier and I was actually 24 years old.  Deb, if you will email me your address at holland1145@yahoo.com I will get my book in the mail to you.

WRITING PROMPT OF THE DAY

What do you see when you look at the picture below?  How does it make you feel? Does it remind you of anything from your past life?

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Sha, otherwise known as BraveWarrior on HP, wrote a hub today about this prompt.  You can find it here.

And that’s it for today!  Thank you so much for visiting me once again, and I hope you found something valuable in this missive.

Remember to write as if your tail was on fire and your life depended on it.

If I can be of any help to you, feel free to email me at holland1145@yahoo.com and I’ll do what I can.

Bill

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12 Responses to “Find Your Writing Style”

  1. Ruchira April 18, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    Wow..Bill you are being such a sweat heart by guiding people on their writing style. I admire your style and your work so far. Sure, would love to have a second opinion from an affluent writer like yourself. My work is at HP, and would love to know if I follow my heart while penning down words. Thanks!

    • Bill Holland April 18, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

      Oh Ruchira, for sure you follow your heart. Obviously on some hubs that is hard to do, but when you write about personal matters or topics that you feel strongly about, your heart shines through my friend.

      Thank you for following this new blog. I appreciate it.

  2. Larry April 18, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    My Congrats to Deb from Iowa for guessing the age. Here I was going to say between 3-4 as one is never to young to begin life’s journey or climb a mountain. Love your new blog and all the info you are sharing with us. Many thanks my friend

    • Billybuc April 18, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

      Thank you Larry! I’ll have my other one up soon, as soon as I decide upon a name. LOL Believe it or not, that’s the big holdup right now.

  3. Shauna April 18, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    Bill, I’m going to give this writing prompt a shot. Can I post here and on HP or will that violate HP duplication rules?

    • Billybuc April 18, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

      Sha, I can post a link to it here but not the actual hub. 🙂 HP is funny about that stuff. Thanks for stopping by my dear. I hope you are having a stress-free day.

  4. Deborah Neyens April 18, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

    So excited to be a winner! Thanks, Bill.

    • Bill Holland April 18, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

      Thanks for playing, Deb! Good job with the research.

  5. Hawaiian Odysseus April 18, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

    Bill, I’m really enjoying these daily snippets of information. Kudos to you for creating this blog and initiating this lively interaction with fellow writers. The photo is breathtaking. Where is this place? Thank you, my friend! Joe

    • Billybuc April 18, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

      Hey Joe, I’m glad you are enjoying this blog. The picture is of the Tatoosh Range near Mt. Rainier. One of my favorite hikes I might add. 🙂

  6. Melanie Chisnall April 19, 2013 at 7:53 am #

    Bill, I think you’ve found something unique here. This website you’ve put together doesn’t talk AT people, it talks to them….with them. Thank you for that, and the tips, books, thoughts of the day…wow, incredible. Brilliant idea. It’s short and sweet and to the point. I LOVE it! Just what I need to start my day off on the right track. Well done! The picture reminds me of a magical, enchanted land. Have a great day friend. 🙂

    • Bill Holland April 19, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

      Thank you so much, Mel. I wanted this to be simple and to the point…some quick reference people could turn to in beginning their day. your comment made me happy.

      That enchanted land is where I live…welcome to Washington State. 🙂

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