I’ve always had a hard time answering this question. We know it when we see it, but it’s hard to describe. All the good writers are supposed to have one, and I’ve come across countless articles claiming to help me find my own writing style. Every article has a different recommendation: Write x words every day for a week, and voila! Or, study your favorite authors and then tweak something they do. Or, do nothing—style will come when it comes where it comes. I’m sure all of them are right in their own way, but they’ve never particularly helped me.
I am most “me” in my writing when I am journaling and blogging. My journal is like that random crap drawer in your kitchen—what my boyfriend and I call “the everything drawer.” What goes in it? Everything. Odd bits and ends, raw emotions, disparate thoughts and ideas, hopes, and dreams. Some might say this is where I am most “authentic,” and where I should go to find my writing style. But I actually think I’m just as authentic when I’m blogging. Editing, polishing, revising—these are all parts of my writing process. If my journal is the everything drawer, then my blog is the silverware drawer: every knife, fork, and spoon present and accounted for in its own slot. And no less a part of my kitchen.
On One Little Library, my writing is distilled—boiled down to its essential pieces and parts. It’s probably a much better, more authentic view of my writing than my journal is. I’ve known this for a while, but I still couldn’t describe to you what my style is.
Until I asked.
I’m currently taking the Imperfect Writer course by Chantel Hamilton and Jason Zook. The very first assignment in the course is to ask people to describe your writing in three words. That’s it! I sent an email off to several friends and family members, thinking that I would get all kinds of answers.
To my surprise, I got answers quickly, and all of them described my writing in roughly the same words. Apparently (and if you’ve been reading One Little Library for a while, you probably knew this before I did!), my writing style is: conversational, intentional, and personal.Continue Reading