I tend to have a rather descriptive way of writing, but for my character's voice, I need it to be simplistic but figurative? (Like some Holden Caulfield but slightly less depressing? Maybe some John Green style in there? I probably failed at explaining this.) How do I go about changing the writing style to where it doesn't sound forced?
Hello, mildly confused anon~ ♥︎
So, where do I begin? I’m kidding you, I know exactly what you’re looking for c; First off, let’s take it from the top:
How do I go about changing the writing style to where it doesn’t sound forced?
Running this blog has taught me that 99% of writing problems have NOTHING to do with writing— but EVERYTHING to do with the writer. Really, when you get down to it all of my answers boil down to: Get out of the way of your story. That story is trying to get you to write it, and meanwhile you get stuck on the first sentence because you think it sucks, or you are worried that nobody is going to take you seriously, or you’re afraid that you will not get anywhere as a writer, or… you’re worrying that your style sounds forced. Do you get where I’m going?
No? Let me tell you a little secret:
Style, theme, and all of those ‘fancy’ things writers like to show off? They don’t exist in the first draft. They appear during the revision, they’re refined, shaped and brought to the foreground as the story is being re-written. That is kind of the point of revision.
My advice? Get out of the way of your story. Just write it. Get the whole story out there. When you’re done let it sit in the background for a few weeks, and then revise it. Read it as though it’s something you’ve never touched before. Read it, find what style it is, what themes it has, and refine them. Your readers will think you’re clever, and your fellow writers will be able to tell all the hard work you put in to it.
“Fiction is a fantastic way of looking out through somebody else’s eyes. You get to experience loss and tragedy and death. But experience these things in a form which means that when you close the pages and put the book back on the shelf, it’s over and you’re home and you’re safe”— Neil Gaiman, during an interview with Robin Young on Here and Now (via la-arboleda)
“We are a society of protection,
We teach girls to never put their drinks down,
never walk home alone at night,
keep your head down,
instead of teaching boys
do not rape,
do not harass,
“no” does not mean “please change my mind”.
We make bullet proof blankets,
and special locks for doors
We hand out blackout curtains,
hire security guards,
have lock-down drills,
rather than quelling the violence,
rather than changing our gun laws,
rather than taking the weapon
out of the hands of a perpetrator.
We hand him the gun
and then scramble to protect ourselves
from the bullets.
We blame short skirts for rape,
mental illness for shootings.
When do we blame ourselves?
When do we point our fingers at the
way our society has started handing out shields,
instead of regulation?
We need to hold ourselves accountable.
We need to stop calling 74 school shootings
since Sandy Hook
We need to stop calling the statistic that 1 in 5 women
will be raped in the United States alone
anything else but a fact.
These. Are. The. Facts.
Stop sugarcoating them.
Poison with a candy shell is still poison.
Remember that.”—"We Need Change" by Claire Luisa (via claireluisa)