Author Q’s: Your own writing style?

This seventh in a series of blog posts of interview questions I have enjoyed. Having been interviewed by various people, magazines, and websites, I have plenty of Q and A to share.  When I was interviewed online by SeriousReading.com, they had over 200 sample questions to get the juices flowing. Here’s the latest Q and A.

Last time we talked about grammar nazis. This time we’ll explore how I see my own unique style of writing and voice.

Q) Tell us about your writing style, how is it different from other writers?

A) I finally settled on describing it as a “cinematic” style. I use elements from moviedom, the way I describe a scene and move the camera around a bit in my head. I prefer to use Deep POV, a close form of 3rd person, but it softens for style reasons. I minimize “head-hopping” but sometimes it is super hard when the camera drifts around the room. If I was writing this as a script for a movie I wouldn’t have this problem. My character’s use of telepathy causes me the greatest headaches for POV.

At some point to enjoy reading at all, the reader has to let go of some “rules” and get immersed in the story, to follow the characters through the story enjoying the action.

I like to drop in comic’s use of sound-words, onomatopoeia. I like to spell some sounds out. If I was reading this book to my kids I would surely make the sounds. Those are what I try to spell out.

One of my lessons from reading other’s work is, I aim to write in an accessible language style. I once read a scifi novel that was written to please the intelligentsia crowd. Their use of similes was done in a wordy style, “as one would to please one’s English Professor, engendering top marks for one’s thesis.”

They seemed to be going for the “literary science fiction” genre by writing in the voice of William F. Buckley. Came off as over written for an action/horror scifi novel, in my opinion. I can read that, don’t get me wrong, but it was full of a constant barrage of that. It was so frustrating that I kept throwing the book into the corner, wishing the author were there. Took me two years to finish it. Don’t be like that. This is why I set out to write in a more “approachable” style.

I do not use simple language, not too young, but I intentionally target the high school grade levels of language so I know most people can comfortably read it without frustration. It’s more like how real people speak, which is more where I want most of my characters to come from than the literati crowd, for sure. I’d rather make it a little easier to read so peole can flip through the action scenes enjoying being caught up in the fun, versus getting bogged down on a wordy style choice.

Having said that, this is scifi. We have our own lexicon of standard terms and known things, starting with astronomy and rocket science and inventing from there. For those readers without much scifi background, I threw a glossary in the back.

 

I have been told my style is quite readable. Success!

 

The full SeriousReading.com: interview.

Next time we will get into more questions #OnWriting, by revealing “What is the secret to becoming a best selling author?”

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