A writing style is something that I feel I have yet to nail down. For me, it’s an ambiguous ‘thing’ which I can’t change, but nor can I stick to a particular style. I’m not sure if this is true for other writers; is style self-cultivated or assigned by the audience?
From my own experience, it’s difficult to objectively judge one’s own style – mine seems to change completely depending on what I’m writing, and how I feel as I do it. If I’m feeling quite energetic and revitalised, I tend to write with more poise and sophistication (which I hope I’m achieving here). If I’m fatigued with writing for the day, or simply tired overall, I start to write more casually – as if I were talking to a friend.
Of course, writing marketing copy differs in style to creative prose. However, I don’t feel like I’m consistent within either field. This is a distinct advantage when I’m being asked for different content in my work every day – an informative blog post here, an enthusiastic upsell email there – but when I try and write multiple different stories, or even different parts of the same story, I struggle. My use of language and ability to effectively word sentences appears to fluctuate by the hour.
I’m therefore going to try and stick to this blog’s ‘style’ for the forseeable future and see how difficult that proves to be.
I’d also like to discuss what I actually want this blog to be. As I now write in my job (which I am very thankful for, by the way), I thought it would be prudent of me to keep working on my own material to avoid becoming resentful of the hobby.
I’m wary of limiting myself to one genre, topic or category. There are many aspects to my life and thoughts, and I don’t intend to stifle any of them due to the idea I should focus on just one thing. As I want to keep these posts fairly short, what I put down here will likely be something that’s currently on my mind, or a topic I’d like to discuss – but it might also be a review of a show I’m watching, or even some creative work.
While this might run at cross purposes with building an audience, I don’t see this blog as something that I intend to ‘market’ at all – hence the lack of images, eye-catching titles and riveting topics. I write all day with marketing in mind; I don’t want to have to watch my words or tailor to my audience here. If I do acquire an audience, I would hope they are simply interested in what I have to say, rather than their views having been engineered by my content.
That means these posts might get quite personal – there are lots of things going on in my head which I’d like to get down on paper (so to speak). So for anybody who wants to come on this journey with me; it’s going to be a bumpy ride.