Write Like You

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I remember writing my first book, how I’d agonise over every sentence, desperately not wanting to commit some awful grammar faux pas.  I’d haul all my books off my bookshelves and examine them minutely for all sorts of perceived faults in my writing – like correct sentence structure and trying to figure out how my writing heroes managed to make me hear and see their characters so intensely, rather than just read words on pages.  This resulted in a horribly over-edited book, with bits constantly being taken out and replaced or moved around.  Hello grammar gremlin hell of the future.  They still pop up today.

Eventually I realised that no matter how famous the writers, none of them followed any particular pattern.  Some of them conveyed conversations using he said or she said.  Some of them used no attributives at all for dialogue, but you still managed to know who…

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2 thoughts on “Write Like You

    dgkaye said:
    February 6, 2016 at 6:01 am

    Jo, I love this simple truth. You’ve hit the nail on the head on many things here. We all have our own style and we don’t all conform to the rules. Heck there are so many rules, but what’s best is to be familiar with them, to know how to break them. 🙂


    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    February 6, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Telling the truth is something we ask of everyone in our lives including the writers that we let in. We are supicious of slick and whilst an immaculately edited book is to be admired and respected there is always that slight smile when you notice just one spelling mistake that says.. a human wrote this.


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