Knowing Myself as a Writer
A few days ago, friend of the blog Adam posted about his writing style and how he’s okay with the fact that it’s different than some of the so-called “experts”. (That’s me totally paraphrasing.) His points got me thinking.
I’m a clean writer. I write chronologically and cannot wrap my head around those who write in bits and pieces.
I don’t include a lot of detail, including hair color, height, etc. I rarely mention what a character is wearing unless it ties into the plot somehow, and even then I trim it down in edits.
I DO go into the emotions of my characters, what they’re thinking, and include a lot of snarky thoughts.
That may or may not be for everyone, but that’s what I prefer to read and that’s how I choose to tell my stories.
Another thing I’ve known but only recently accepted is: I really don’t like short stories. I’ve enjoyed writing the handful of flash fiction pieces I’ve written, and it was great getting two of them published, but my heart’s not in it. I don’t like READING them, so why would I subject that on others? Considering how much less free time I have now that I’m back in the working world, I choose to empty my mind of any niggling worries that I’m not doing everything I should be as a writer, and instead focusing on the parts I truly enjoy: novels.