(Listening to - Guns 'n Rose - Sweet Child Of Mine)
While reading Stephen King's 'The Stand' last night, and pondering things afterwards in the shower, I came to a conclusion.
I don't write like that, and should stop wasting my time trying. (This ain't me moping, promise. Read on, Macduff!)
People like Stephen King (and my new fave, Joe Abercrombie) can command language like a lion tamer does a... um... big thing, like a cat... Damn it, I had it a minute ago. These writers own the words, an-- LION! That was it!
Anyway, they understand them there purty words to such a point that they can make them do whatever the hell they like. They can write a 1,100 page book (with a small font!) and not once do I think, 'boy, this is dragging'. They can describe a scene with 3 words, or 300, and you have the thing in your head for a week.
I love to read it, but I can't write it no matter how often I try.
As anyone who has read my stuff will tell you, I'm a sparse individual. A table is a table, and an angry man is an angry man. You know what both look like. I leave a great deal of both description and characterisation up to the imagination of the reader, and I've only ever had one person mention that it wasn't enough for them.
Despite this, every time I start a new project, I begin by writing a train wreck of a first scene, where I try and weild words and ideas not built for my stories. A chapter later, and I've slipped back into my style and don't even realise till the edit, when I pull my hair out.
My style is my style. It's an amalgam of many other writers, I'm sure, with a hint of my personality, and it's what I'm good at. I should focus on improving it, rather than trying to be something I'm not.
Er, that's it. End of odd blog post.
How do you write? Do you strive for something different, or are you happy with it?
PS - This is in no way an attempt to slag off my own writing. More a comparison of styles, with a realisation that I perform better with one than the other. I'm more than happy with the way I write, in general, so no "don't be so hard on yourself" stuff please. Thanks! :-)