Greeting Fellow Readers! Welcome to another of random ranting. As promised today I will be posting up my 'Thoughts on Writing' from my Facebook page that I wrote over the Spring. If you wish to follow on Facebook just head on over to 'The Written Works of H-M Brown', by clicking on the link on the sidebar of this page. Don't hesitate to share your thoughts and criticisms, especially the criticisms, the harsher the better.
So without any more interruptions here is the first set of my 'Thoughts on Writing'.
[ Writing Style:
Let's start here. One of the
things I have difficulty with is writing style. Everyone points this
out, but I don't know if there is a distinct way of "seeing" it. For me
what I read and what my brain processes into imagination is all I really
get. I never take into account what a writing style looks like. So when
I was told in Fictionaut my writing was all action. I took a long look
and realized it was true. I never really thought of that as my writing
style since I only wrote what I thought of and visualized in my head.
It's also something that I use to and cannot
break out of. So in a way action prose has become sort of my fingerprint
as noted in writing books what writing styles are. Of course one of the
drawbacks to my writing, a friend of mine pointed out, was that my writing
come off as laundry list. So I try to write sentences that at least
give off a poetic feel, or use sentences like "as though a bird had its
wings broken" when referencing a situation or character. At least this
way I feel I can avoid the laundry list situation.
Another thing I learned strangely enough in
the book "On Writing Well" which deals with writing non-fiction. In
Chapter 10 the author discussed the use of contractions. What are good
and what are bad. However in my third person narrative prose I found
myself getting caught in the stigma of the contractions I used,
particularly its, it's, and it's. I also found it overwhelming using
contractions in narrative when I have it in dialogue as well. So I made
the decision to not use contractions in narrative and let the dialogue
I found it a little easier for me at least to
throw off the context of what I am writing in third person. However,
since first person is one overly long dialogue in narrative form and has
the voice of the protagonist, cutting the contractions there are not a wise
idea. It gives the narrator character. Which brings me to the next part.
First Person. A lot of First Person stories do
have dialogue from other characters in the parenthesis form. But I
found myself not using it to be much easier. To me it felt unusual in
writing, to place the parenthesis dialogue separately. Let me put it
like this, we I talk to people in person, I don't say; "He was just
hear." John said. I say, John told me that he was hear a second ago.
That's how we talk to each other and that's what the narrator is doing.
He is talking to you the reader about what he say and he experience.
That is why I don't use dialogue sentences in my first person stories.
First person is kind of an intimate
experience. Something the narrator has to say to you because it is
important for you to know, or else why would the narrator bother talking
to you about his problem? I felt I had to treat the first person
fiction as such. The narrator is talking, not me. I'm sure it is quite
unusual to write that, but it just seems right for me to write that way.
Well that's all I got to say about my writing
style. It may not be spectacular, but it does feel right with me and is
in my comfort zone. I look forward to improving this style and make it
even more tighter, and more enjoyable then ever before. So Part 2 will
be next week. Thanks for joining me. Until next time... see ya. ]
So ends Part 1 one of my Facebook postings on writing. Next week I will post up Part 2, most likely in 2 parts because I wrote 10 posts in there on Show, Don't Tell. Then in Part 3 I did discuss about Foreshadowing, to stack against what I thought of it then with I wrote a month ago. And the final Part 4 was on Writing Experimentation. Basically the different ways I wrote my stories and the approaches I took.
I thank you all for joining me and I look to seeing you all next week.
Until Next Time...