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It's my style

   Thread Started November 27 at 2:25PM

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All writers have different styles, but is it really a difference in 'style' to leave out prepositions, basic punctuation and to not use such "stylistic" devices such as 'paragraphs', 'sentences', 'plot', 'sequencing / timelines', 'working mechanics of a scene' and 'characters'?

I don't think so, but many seem to think it is. To this I say, good luck in your writing travels... it might be a long, lonely journey...


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RE: It's my style

Reply on June 1, 2017 05:49 PM
I believe rules can be broken or ignored, but only for purpose. The purpose of grammar rules are to help an unknown reader clearly understand the intent of the written word. But, an author may deliberately want to muddle the meaning. So I struggle with where and when to bend. I am hardly a grammatical expert, but I really think it is a problem when grammar is ignored and, as a reader, I have to struggle to understand the meaning.

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RE: It's my style
Reply on June 6, 2017 02:37 PM
Exactly, Ann. If that first reader of an "it's just my style" type of manuscript happens to be an agent or an editor who can't make sense of the "style," then the submission is rejected. When you start out, you have to follow the rules. If your books sell like the proverbial hotcakes, your editor may let you play around with your own "style," or not.


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RE: It's my style
Reply on June 24, 2017 11:40 AM
The Angela's Ashes man (Frank McCourt I think though I might have the spelling wrong) had a weird way with writing and I thought it odd that he was famous whereas a kid doing that in class would be corrected.

As for gerard manly hopkins (was it he who dispensed with capitals?) well, sometimes an oddity of style IS part of a poem. There's oddity of style and then there's just plain clumsy though.

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RE: It's my style
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Sometime the oddity of how a poem is written, IS the poem...I believe that too...and in my writing, I've often made note of that...

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