Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you know what I’m referring to. Poking fun at those backward-hat-wearin’-pants-around-their-bum-knuckleheads was awesome to watch. So, my question for my fellow scribes is this: Are you wearing your writing down around you bum? What I mean is, are you trying so hard to make your writing cool that you make it look ridiculous?
One of the biggest mistakes that new writers make is trying to imitate what is currently “cool” in the writing world. Yes, there was room for the teenage vampire “writers” to jump on board the Meyer bandwagon. ‘Tis the way of the world and I get that. Thank God that era is starting to fade. I’m not talking genre as much as I am voice and style. The surest recipe for lookin’ like a fool is to try and copy or imitate another writer’s voice.
You need to remember that your voice is yours. It is what makes you unique and is a major factor in your success as a writer. If you try to write like King or Brown or Meyer the only thing you will succeed at is lookin’ like a fool. Writing in your own voice is your big chance to pull up your pants and walk tall. When you are a success, it will be because you did things in your own unique and special way.
Take the time to examine your motivation and your writing heroes. We all have heroes and it’s important to recognize which traits you admire in them and want to emulate. Now examine the writing you’ve done. Look at it with a critical eye. Ask yourself, “Is this MY voice? MY style? Or is my writing on the ground?”
After closer examination, if your writing is on the ground don’t just toss it away – get a belt. Resolve to keep your writing off the ground and get into your own style. The results will be impressive and you will feel great about your writing all over again.
What say you? Is your writing your own?