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  • This is my Blog...There are many like it, but this one is mine...

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        Wednesday, December 27, 2006

    When You Write...

    ...do you think about 'style' when you write? A commenter said I have a 'style', and it got me to wondering.

    Me, I just fill a bucket full of letters, kick it over, and then keep hitting them with the hose until they array themselves, shivering in the corner, and I decide they've had enough.

    I guess there are writers you'd recognize wherever they show up, even in disguise. A-Man and V-Man have a unique 'voice', but Ellison is able to imitate it uncannily, and has managed to fool me several times. Hmmmm, I'll have to ponder this.

    Stephen King and Peter Straub play at imitating each other's style, but I knew Bachmann was King before I knew Bachmann was King. On some level. When the story broke, I was not surprised, just grunted and said hmmm, thought as much.

    I think I'd recognize SteveH's cadences anywhere, unless he made a remarkable and conscious effort to disguise them. Same with John Sandford, or Elmore Leonard.
    Stephen R. Donaldson writes wildly different genres of books, and yet I hear his 'voice' throughout. He has a remarkable skill in adjusting it to fit the setting, but still, I know it's him.

    I guess it's not a handicap for the writer, if their readers like their 'voice'. I've heard and seen people actually wince in disgust when I mention some writer I really enjoy. Takes all kinds, I guess.
    Which leads us into the eternal question: is blogging writing? All bloggers write, some writers blog, does that mean anything?

    I don't think so, because, in my not so humble opinion, most writers suck. I'm happy for them that they're making money and all, but I'm equally happy to avoid the product they put out.

    Oh well, just mental masturbation, I guess, but masturbation, while generally fruitless, is almost always fun. So there.

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