Style is The Answer to Everything

Part of what I love about reading is experiencing and absorbing various author’s writing styles.  Some are colloquial and treat the reader like a friend while others come across as God speaking from Sinai.  It’s something that often enters the brain unnoticed, but lately it’s been on my mind quite a bit.  Two different reasons for that, really.  The first is simple.  I am guilty for always reading multiple books at once.  Currently I’m reading Lord of the Rings while I’m out (almost done with The Two Towers!!) and Eragon while I’m home.  So, yeah, that should explain that.  Oh, it doesn’t?  Allow me to elaborate.  If you live under a rock, Lord of the Rings was written by an old dude.  The Inheritance Cycle (of which Eragon is the first book) was written by a fifteen year old kid – literally (yes, I did just look it up.  He was 15 when he wrote Eragon).  That’s not to pass judgement and say one is empirically better than the other, just that their styles are naturally very different because their lives and the way they see the world are naturally very different.  Reading them side by side makes that fact glaringly, inescapably obvious.

Also drawing my attention to style is the fact that I’m drawing closer to my self-imposed print out and edit/create a timeline/figure out my plot deadline on the book I’m writing (my writing style is decidedly odd).  Right now there’s a few different styles going on, depending on what’s happening in the scenes and how I was feeling when I wrote them.  Part of my editing process will be to choose a cohesive style to stick to throughout the length of my book, and ensure that all my scenes are consistent with it.  That’s a lot of work, and it makes me nervous.  Fuck, it makes me deer-in-the-headlights terrified.  So forgive me if I’m minorly obsessed with the idea of style right now.  Between my reading and writing, it was bound to happen.  

Style is the answer to everything.
A fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing
To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without it
To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art

-Charles Bukowski


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