An article written by Lee Sonogan
Note: This following article will feature first in Chapter 2 in my non-fiction book You, Will, Have Style When You Write One Million Words: UNGROOVYGORDS Advanced Guide For Creative Writing. Publishing it on my website ENTERTAINMENT CULTURE ONLINE in parts this essay of sorts will be one of a common theme of the book in the making. And it will be a proofread first draft.
“A writer’s style should not place obstacles between his ideas and the minds of his readers.” — Steve Allen, founder of “The Tonight Show”
Now that you have gone over the necessary Basics so far, reflecting back on the common theme of this book, style is an important goal to aim at. To create something for use, and not to look at but Identify what dress of thoughts to present it as. Predicting the engagement in the overall delivery. Planning out and research information if a complete necessity. Hence, a metaphorical safari may be needed. The name safari derives from the Swahili word for ‘journey’. There is a big difference between someone else’s style and your authentic style. Quoting Blaise Pascal “When we see a natural style, we are astonished and delighted; for we expected to see an author, and we find a man,”. You are the ones that need to lead your audience emanating from your own being. Conjunctions beyond personal ego into something of value which is natural.
Officially there is four sections of styles in writing which are expository, descriptive, persuasive and narrative. All four are used when developing style. Expository is the most common due to being informative and mostly in the non-fiction. Non-bias in a sense, it provides context to creativity and inspires new inventive concepts. Descriptive creates the framework for words emphasizing whatever inside its format. From realistic to a design in mind for character traits or situations. Persuasive is necessary to get your activate voice across. Not always to convince but to mislead using a red herring. Then finally the narrative tell the story flowing within various structures. The point that impacts the overall tone.
“Thought and speech are inseparable from each other. Matter and expression are parts of one; style is a thinking out into language.”(Cardinal John Henry Newman)
Being proud of the essence willfully brought into existence is going off instinct. Doubt indicates that key elements do not reflect the natural taste you can produce. The journey of a safari always ends and then next time is always different. Being consistent requires some nostalgia in what got you where you are, to then hold the principles in everything learnt. Now attempting to define the style, the following pages offer much more perspective to look into this subject. Think subjectively and take the steps to make it as objective as you can.