Writing styles to be exact.
What are they and how do they influence your story? If you’re wondering what the answer is to that very question, you’re in the right place!
A style is what a writer utilizes in their writing to make it just that. Their own. Everyone has their own type of style that revolves around their main strength in writing. Someone who’s good at conveying emotions will probably write in first-person perspective rather than third-person. A writer who specializes in facts and moving a story forward at a quick, but even pace will most likely use third-person perspective as it leads the reader along from an outsider’s view. This type of writing gives up some of the emotions one would get with first-person POV, exchanging it instead for more knowledge that will better propel the story forward at a faster pace.
Perspectives are only the beginning when it comes to writing style, however. They’re the basics of finding and crafting your own style, so let’s dive more into that, shall we?
In the beginning, when one starts writing they’re faced with a question: Do they want to write in first person, second person, or third person perspective? Now, we’ve already covered the minimum of what the first and third person are like. Second person-perspective is something that you’ll see very rarely in writing these days as it deals with putting the reader directly into the story using pronouns such as I, me, and you. The author is literally making the reader into a character, such as the case with this article.
Once you’ve played around with these three perspectives and found one you’re most comfortable with you’ll then move onto refining your style. This is where things get a little less basic and a lot more focused on you as a writer. You might find that, as you write, your stories are a lot more dialogue driven or that you use descriptions to further propel your writing forward. This is your writing style coming into play as you expertly weave your story.
If you find yourself struggling with your writing style, try finding a few books and reading through them. It might very well help you find your cup of tea. By reading other novels, you’ll find yourself gravitating towards a certain style of writing that sometimes just speaks to you.
For me, I often find myself drawn to novels told from multiple perspectives because I love to know what all the characters think. As such, I end up incorporating the same style into my own writing with alternating character perspectives all written in first-person POV.
Some other examples of unique styles would be writing a story in first-person perspective where every chapter is a diary entry. This is a more refined style based on what the author feels not only that they’ll succeed at but also that they feel their story will excel with. Another example would be a story told backward such as Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart, which I really recommend reading if you haven’t.
There are hundreds of styles out there for you to explore. Experiment with multiple and try your hand at a few you think are interesting. Even if you think ‘Oh no, that style just seems too complicated for me.’ I strongly encourage you to give it a try as it might be just the type you’re looking for!
Article by Shania N. Soler