Zabowska's Blog

December 13, 2009

Finding and Trusting Your Own Style

Filed under: Uncategorized — zabowska @ 11:29 pm

   Each of us needs to find out what works for us and we must try and stick to
   that. This means becoming aware of our weaknesses and strengths and to work
   at diminishing our weaknesses and celebrating our strengths.
   For instance, some writers work best when they set deadlines for themselves.
   Other writers work best if they don’t have any deadlines. Some writers love to
   write when there is background music or noise. Other writers love silence and
   need it in order to write effectively. Some writers need an orderly environment
   in which to write while others can write in the midst of chaos.
   There are no hard and fast rules as to how a writer should write. There are
   some general structural and organizational suggestions. But each writer must
   test these structures for him/herself to see if they work to produce the
   manuscripts and articles that they so desire to write.  If a structure works, the
   writer should rely on it in order to be productive. If it doesn’t work, the writer
   should discard it and something else.
   I am reminded of something that E. E. Cummings wrote about finding your
   own style.  He defined style as follows: “To be nobody but yourself in a world
   which is doing its best night and day to make you everybody else means to
   fight the hardest battle any human being can fight and never stop fighting.” This
   is the essence of style and voice. You need to fight to find it and keep yours,
   even under possibly adverse circumstances. It is what will make your writing
   alive and unique.
   So, fellow writers.  Try to find your very own unique style. Once you do,
   make sure that you follow that inner voice within you that will define and refine
   that voice as you keep writing. The best bit of advice I could give a beginning
   writer is when writing,
           Be true to that voice in your soul.
        Everything else will take care of itself.


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