Monday, March 11, 2013
Crossed Legs & Writing Styles
No, these aren't my legs. (I wish.)
Mom and I were watching the news one evening when I noticed something that tickled the ol' funny bone. We each had our right leg crossed over our left leg and our fingers were laced together. Both legs were doing a rhythmic bounce. I pointed this out to her, and we both dissolved into giggles.
After being around each other for so many years, our mannerisms are similar. It wasn't a conscious effort, but it happened. While this can be a positive in relationships, the same process can be detrimental to our unique writing voice.
To avoid imprinting another author's style on my psyche:
1. I read a variety of genres and authors.
2. I observe techniques and filter them through personal experiences and values.
3. Time spent talking with God and studying His Word gives me His perspective on a subject and brings my own style bubbling to the surface.
Writers: What are some of the methods you use to keep your writing voice distinct from others?
Readers: What mannerisms have rubbed off on you from another family member?
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