finding my style

I’m not sure when I’ll be able to do longer posts, because I’ve gotten quite a large workload. Usually I think of a handful of topics over the weekend and write something on Monday. The last one I wrote I did put a bit of feeling in; this one I thought up on the spot. I was between two and I settled on talking about my process of creating my own style for writing. Now when I talk about my style, I mean how I write my novels. When I’m at work, I have to keep the style consistent with the other stories, so there is a bit less creativity when it comes to how I write. However, when I sit down to write my own stories, the style is completely up to me.

When I first started writing, I tried to adopt other styles that have proven to be successful. This is how We Stood Alone is written. I remember that at the time the Divergent series is what inspired me. Back then, I didn’t have nearly as much experience as I do now. Somewhere down the line, I felt like there was no creative spark inside the style. An artist’s brush strokes are unique to them just like the words I put on a page. I know that’s an unorthodox way to put it, but the way you write should reflect your own unique style. What makes your style stand out? Is your style too niche to become popular? These are questions I’ve asked myself and I’ve found a simple solution.

What Style Do I Use?

Before I talk about the solution, I want to talk about my own style. In my book series Heroes and Vigilantes I’ve created a unique style. It took a lot of practice and tweaks before I came up with a solid concept. I’m fully aware that it won’t be accepted by a large group, but I think there will be those who realize it works. The unusual thing about my book is there isn’t a defined protagonist. There are a lot of characters and each chapter seems to jump into a new character. (This isn’t guaranteed as I do stay with one character across multiple chapters when it’s necessary) Tackling the questions that I asked earlier; what’s my solution? Well, after I came up with my style I had to ask myself one more question: why? Why did I choose that style? What does it add to my story? I mean, I could always just make one of the multiple characters my protagonist and call it a night. To answer this I’m going to pull something from one of my previous posts. The post talking about writing female characters. (You can find that post here) I mention this post because I’m going to talk about a series that I bashed in that post. My inspiration from this style comes from Fairy Tail. Where I think the female characters are written poorly, I can’t deny that that series is fantastic at writing character backstories. It seems like each character has their own big moment. That has always been something I’ve wanted to do in Heroes and Vigilantes. I want each individual student to have their own moments and ambitions. If I focus on just one student as my main character, then the reader is tethered to that person. For example the closest character in the first book is Ellie. She gets a lot of development in this book, but if I stuck the readers inside her head and only her head, then you’d never experience any of the other kids’ experiences. To answer the question of why it’s to tell the stories of multiple characters. I’m sure there will be issues with there being so many perspectives, but I think it works. There’s a flow to my style and I hope readers don’t discredit it upon seeing how different it is.

I wanted to make this post short and sweet. I can’t promise that they will get more in-depth over the next few weeks. I got a big workload on me, but I’m going to keep my promise to update weekly!

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week 🙂

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