I don’t write like other writers, but it’s all write!

I have recently realised that I don’t write like other writers. It’s not a good thing, or a bad thing, it’s just a statement of truth that hits me when I read a paragraph of prose which beats a different rhythm to the one in my head.

Maybe it’s because I haven’t been trained in the traditional way, but I don’t have any desire to make the description of a tear rolling down a cheek ramble on for three or four paragraphs. In my world she cries, it leaves a salty residue on her lips, she wipes it away and gets on with her life.
There is a genre encompassing family sagas, featuring long drawn out stories spanning the generations to which this form of writing is probably more suited. However, I write for modern kindle readers who expect a selection of different genres, to include fast paced shorter stories which get to the point more quickly and constantly have some action in the mix.
There will always be a market for sagas and descriptive prose, but that doesn’t mean it is the only way to write. It certainly doesn’t mean it has to be the way to write. I think we can all agree that there needs to be a good selection - not only of genre, but of different styles of writing too - and I am just one part of all that.
Like many authors I write the kind of book I would want to read and, by doing that, I write with honesty and avoid the usual laws of traditional publishing. Some say ‘show and don’t tell’ while others advise the opposite; I simply do whatever feels natural in that particular scene as though I am the character carrying out the actions.
Personally I prefer novellas and modern tales, so that is how I form the story of the idea which sparked it into life. I have read other genres, depending on my mood and lifestyle for that particular period in my life, but I don’t change genre often. Therefore, I totally understand that a reader of the saga genre wouldn’t want to read my book as it doesn’t fit that mould.
That is why there are as many different styles of writing as there are different types of personality. Some people enjoy reading a mixture of genres, while some prefer to stick to a tried and trusted favourite.
Book clubs are great places to discover several different opinions about the same book, proving that reading tastes vary from person to person. There are lots of authors writing in different genres with different styles but, luckily, there is room for everyone and I’m glad to be a part of this diverse business!

Happy Reading x
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Published on July 24, 2016 01:44
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