Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Style Recap

For as long as June lasted, July went by all blurry-like.

My biggest thing this month was feeling sick of the sound of my narrative voice. So, I proposed a switch-up. My original thought was to pull out a short story from another author, analyze it a bit, and then write one of my own in imitation of their style. It's an exercise I've done in the past with good results.

Never happened.

Instead, I did something impulsive and started a novel. After all, the narrative style of a novel is different from that of a short story, and I am in a novel-writing group, so it seemed fitting. I have to say, I'm pleased with how that went. My narrative voice was different, and I fell out of the patterns I had gotten into with my short stories (or, at least, I fell out of the patterns I was aware of).

My prose was different and more interesting to write because of it. Not exactly what I intended by picking July's challenge, but the end result came out about the same. I call that a win.

How'd you do this month?

1 comment:

Oz, the Mad said...

Really well. Especially since UGWP. I was going into directions with my novel that really excited me already, but now the directions, inspired by me while I pretended to listen to the critiques of the group, will make the story even more exciting! Not only that, but more excitinger still, I have solved problems that I was planning on having, and made new problems that I don't yet have any solutions for.

Woot! This writer thing is fun.