Thursday, 10 January 2013
We all have authors whose books we love to read and authors, perhaps the same, where we especially admire their style of writing and turn of phrase. I have two in particular, possibly three since last year, who write in a lyrical and often profound way that I will never, ever, be able to emulate.
I don't say this in a defeatist way, more as a sense of awareness about my own style. I think my style suits the stories I am trying to tell. For a while though it stifled me, after all, if I can't write in the same awesome way that they do, then what is the point?
But then I considered other books, in various genres and some were, IMHO, in the same realms as my writing league and whats more, they were published. I remembered that there are hundreds of styles, tones and view points, all different yet all valid. I will never write highbrow literary fiction and equally I won't write the deep ethereal stories either. And here is the thing; That is OK.
For every different writer there is, there is also a reader with different tastes too. I can write for some of them. And having identified other writers who write similar words to those that I write, and seen that a publisher has liked their work, then theoretically, one day, a publisher could like mine too.
I write because I love it and I need to, and if my words are good- and I can combine them with a cracking story, then they are valid. They'll still be different to those of my heroes but valid none the less and in with a chance.
That's what I believe, because if not, then really what would be the point?