March 1st, 2021

charioteer

25 Days of Writing: Day 7

7. What do you think are the characteristics of your personal writing style? Would others agree?

Ooh, this is a tricky one. I've done a bit of an analysis of the first and last lines of some of my stories. (In 2019 it was just first lines; in 2019, it was both first and last lines.) I concluded that, in both cases, I had a tendency to write something short and snappy. As I put it, "They're designed to grab you fast and toss you on to the rest of the paragraph, wherein lies the real interest."

Beyond that, I would say that I tend to change my style depending on the story. For pastiche, of course, I try to simulate the style of the author. For historical fiction, I try for something with the sort of complex sentence structure of a Victorian novel. For casefic, I'm more likely to write choppy vivid sentences, such as one might find in a police procedural. But it's very much "horses for courses".

In this year's Snowflake Challenge, No. 12 was to do one of the old memes from LJ days. I picked the "I Write" meme, and applied it to some of my FK fic. This is what I reported:
There was a tendency for the stories with a cop-show feel to be compared to Stephen King, while the historical vampire ones got either Anne Rice or Arthur C. Clarke. Agatha Christie turned up a couple of times. However....

The story "En Vacances" is written from alternating perspectives in Paris and a hospital room in Toronto. It is supposed to have a certain enigmatic air about it. Even so, I was surprised when the Paris sections got ascribed variously to James Joyce, Margaret Atwood, Charles Dickens, Leo Tolstoy, and Cory Doctorow. And the hospital scenes were ascribed to James Fenimore Cooper, Vladimir Nabokov, Stephen King, Ian Fleming, Mark Twain, and Oscar Wilde.

Granted, some of the sections are fairly short. But the whole thing was written by just me; and it's all one story, too. (On my website and on AO3.)
I don't know about other people; but it would seem the "I Write" meme agrees that my style varies a lot.

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