Lucid Writing Advice V
by Antavius S. Flagg
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Five ways to find your style of writing best for you
There are no authors out there who are completely the same, each one has
his or her own style, which no one can match. If you donít have a style of
writing, or have lost your voice or just havenít found one, then the following
is for you.
THE BLUNT VOICE
You may be wondering to yourself what in the world do I mean by Ďblunt
voiceí, and in a way Iím thinking the same thing. But blunt voice, along with
articulate voice, are styles that you may find interesting. Everyone writes
with their own style in mind, and you probably wonít find that style anywhere
else except from the same author. I have style of my own, and so do you and the
other authors here at sffworld.
Styles usually are aspects of your writing that you canít possibly help, it
happens without you being aware of it, and yet you create it every time you
write a word.
If you would like to experiment, let me show you a passage that is in the
The dark pond was an endless stretch of black from bank to bank. The sickle
moon, finally revealing itself from a shroud of gray clouds, cast its morbid
shadow across the still surface. Somewhere a heron called, another answering it
hidden within the gloom. Crickets whistled in the dank still air..
Cool winds frolicked the waist-high grass on the banks as if it was lace
waiting to be braided in a knot. But somewhere, perhaps from the black outline
of mountains in the east, a thing brayed in protest. The thick call filled the
air, and in the ground it was a terrible shudder.
The words in this passage are simple and straightforward. As with the first
sentence ĎThe dark pond was an endless stretch of black from bank to
bank,í you can see that this writer described the pond in three words:
dark, endless, and black. You should be able to picture this pond in your mind
as it stretched between the two banks. Also note how this author didnít go into
a whole lot of detail, mainly just floating above the surface and telling
things at an offhanded rate. The scene just hits us in the face, yet we have an
idea what is going on.
This voice seems to fit will with the dark mood of the passage, but I must
warn you that it wonít work all the time. Sometimes you just have to give your
words an imaginative boost. Thatís where the articulate voice comes
THE ARTICULATE VOICE
Susana twirled in a ring of shimmering golden light, trapped in the music
that floated intimately around her. Her arms rose and fell with the tune while
her legs spun her around the white marble floor as if she was gliding on ice.
All the others stopped and stared in wonder as she jumped placidly into the
air. For a moment there was a gasp of surprise as she landed without a stammer
on the other side of the dance hall.
When the music rose in pitch she smiled and through her head back with
laughter. The sound itself enough to bring envy to the chimes of heaven. In
serene grace she jumped again and landed in his outstretched arms. The crowd
thundered into applause as she kissed him, and he held her close.Next Page
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