What Does it Mean to Have a Writing Style
Over the summer Jenna and I were working on a Novella. Working on this together had me thinking, I was able to see just how different our writing styles are. It had me inspired to write a post for you all.
You see writing is a craft. Some people try to make a science out of it, while others simply write with no rhyme or reason. The truth is, there is no right or wrong way to write. We all have a voice and a different way of doing things. I want to tell you though that it is possible to write with others who have completely different writing styles. It is hard but it is possible!
What is a Writing Style
A writing style is sort of like your own personality but in regards to your writing instead of yourself. It explains how you like to write and create your stories. Just like learning who you are as a person, it takes time and practice to learn your own writing style. You discover it the more time you spend on writing.
I am the type that I am very free flowing with my writing. I can write and think I like the way something is but change my scenes or adjust parts of my story while keeping the other parts of my story. I like putting my headphones in and finding music that helps to take me into another world to inspire my writing. I will keep tons of notes with multiple scenes that can play out in many ways with no way of knowing how my story will end but figure it out as I go along. You see I enjoy changing my mind. I let my writing (including a story I am working on) grow as I grow as a person/writer. I don't have a direct path.
Jenna is the type that loves outlines, plot lines, and having a path to follow. She doesn't have to have all the details but she likes knowing her beginning, middle and end roughly. If she writes a scene that's her scene. If she doesn't like it she throws it out entirely and starts over again instead of revamping it. She likes knowing the direction her story is going. If she has to change something it becomes it extremely unsettling for her.
Working With Other Writers
You can imagine how, with both different writing styles, we can both frustrated each other at times. We had to learn to help each other work on this. As I said, “just adjust the scene” she said, “I don't know how.” At times, she felt like she couldn't write because she didn't know where I was taking it. I can only imagine how frustrating it was to hear me say, "I had no direction just writing. Do what feels right for you at this point."
In this case, it was like anything else in life. We had to meet in the middle and help coach each other. Jenna helped me with outlining and having more definitive to what I was writing. I on the other hand helped her transition a scene she had to rewrite.
This taught me the importance of having a writing community and support system when you take the plunge to be a writer. We can help each other to become better writers. When we learn to build each other, then beautiful things happen. We learn, we grow as writers, and we build amazing relationships along the way. That is essentially what we created Writely Me for; to be a supportive community for writers.