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Twenty days of fast and furious writing, reading, commenting and having fun. Every day for twenty days, there will be a new prompt focusing on a different aspect of writing each day from character development and dialogue to setting and style and everything in between.
You can join the Festival at any time during the twenty days and respond to as many of the prompts as you want (prizes for completing all twenty), and do all your comments in one day each week if you want to - it's up to you!
DEADLINE FOR ALL POSTS AND COMMENTS: 9 FEBRUARY 2021
Day Three Prompt - Style
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Today, we're going to be working on one of the editorial/curation standards called "style". This standard covers a wide range of things, for example, whether the story is engaging and how the writer uses language and different writing techniques.
It also covers something known as "writing or writer's voice". Here's a bit about it from one of The Ink Well writing tips, written by @jayna:
A writer can have a writing voice, which is everything that characterizes that particular writer’s style. It could be very simple and spare, beautifully poetic, or written staccato with short punchy sentences that create the sense of imminent danger.
A story can have a voice. Again, the voice is the style that emerges from that piece of writing. And this can reveal itself in the details, the characterization, the language chosen, the length of the sentences and so on.
Writing Tip #11: What is "Writing Voice"
If you go and have a look at that writing tip, you'll see that @jayna gives some examples by writers with very different writing voices. Which one do you like? My favourite is Ernest Hemingway. Some people say his style was influenced by his early training as a journalist. What do you think?
Choose one or both of today's tasks:
Here's two examples from @jayna's post:
A brief excerpt from Hemingway’s novel The Sun Also Rises:
In the morning I walked down the Boulevard to the rue Soufflot for coffee and brioche. It was a fine morning. The horse-chestnut trees in the Luxembourg gardens were in bloom. There was the pleasant early-morning feeling of a hot day. I read the papers with the coffee and then smoked a cigarette. The flower-women were coming up from the market and arranging their daily stock. Students went by going up to the law school, or down to the Sorbonne. The Boulevard was busy with trams and people going to work.
And one from Donna Tartt's novel The Goldfinch:
Chaotic room-service trays; too many cigarettes; lukewarm vodka from duty free. During those restless, shut-up days, I got to know every inch of the room as a prisoner comes to know his cell. It was my first time in Amsterdam; I'd seen almost nothing of the city and yet the room itself, in its bleak, drafty, sunscrubbed beauty, gave a keen sense of Northern Europe, a model of the Netherlands in miniature: whitewash and Protestant probity, co-mingled with deep-dyed luxury brought in merchant ships from the East. I spent an unreasonable amount of time scrutinizing a tiny pair of gilt-framed oils hanging over the bureau, one of peasants skating on an ice-pond by a church, the other a sailboat flouncing on a choppy winter sea: decorative copies, nothing special, though I studied them as if they held, encrypted, some key to the secret heart of the old Flemish masters. Outside, sleet tapped at the windowpanes and drizzled over the canal; and though the brocades were rich and the carpet was soft, still the winter light carried a chilly tone of 1943, privation and austerities, weak tea without sugar and hungry to bed.
In your post, explore the differences between the two excerpts. How does each one make you feel as you are reading it? Try to analyse how each writer is achieving their effect. What sort of words are they using? How are their sentences constructed? Are they simple and straightforward or more complicated? Which tenses are they using?
- Write down five emotions (for example, anger, joy, sadness, fear, hatred) on slips of paper and slip them into a hat or other container.
- Now pick an object inside or outside where you are writing - a tree, a picture, a window.
- Draw one emotion from the container, and try to describe that object from the perspective of a character feeling that emotion. (Don’t mention the emotion in your writing — try to describe the object so the reader could guess the emotion).
When you have finished, have a look at your writing and see if you can find three words to describe your own writing voice - add them to your post.
task adapted from this post by John Fox
- aim for twenty-five minutes writing.
- select your tags wisely.
- link your post in a comment below.
And then, look for other posts to enjoy and comment on.
Remember - have fun! 😁
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