One of our goals here at Today’s Author is to help all of the writers among us to do what we love to do: write. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by talking to each other and learning from each other. Our Writers Circle series is designed to do just that – provide a chance for us to discuss writing, editing and publishing questions.
This week’s topic is:
Each of us has a unique style in our writing, a personal method of telling our story. Often, we may find that readers as, “why don’t you write more like…” (insert a famous author’s name here) or “you write to similarly to…” (insert author’s name). With the real or implied pressure to write like others but not too much like them, how have you been able to make your writing familiar enough that people can draw comparisons, but unique enough to be completely you?
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There are writers whose works I admire but I have no interest in writing like them other than trying to elevate the level of my writing. My own voice is unique, and I try to make it specific to the story I’m writing at that moment. My characters have rich backgrounds, much of which don’t enter into the story but provide the fabric of their constitution. Having a bit of high school acting background, I thrust myself into each character’s dilemma and draw from their personal history to describe their actions within the scramble of the plot they must crawl out of. I literally act out their behavior and speak aloud their dialogue to find what’s true for them and only them in that situation. Do I write like any other writer? Not sure, no attempt to do so, I’m rarely compared to other writers.