There are a lot of things I could say about my writing style, so I'll try to keep this short. Beware: Wall of Text
Firstly, I treat what I'm writing as if it's actually happening or more often, will happen
. Basically, Reality Ensues
all the time, because I will never cause anything to happen just for the sake of the story or because of any of the Rule of Index
tropes. I'm not at all afraid of breaking with reality in terms of of the setting and details, but I always try to make the characters and events fit closely to the nature of real life. As a result, things tend to come across as fairly deconstructive, though I don't actually care for deconstruction in of itself. Anyone can usually die,
no matter their importance. This tends to make my stories seem on the cynical
end of things, but as I said, I try to adhere closely to reality, and I'm ultimately
an optimist about real life, so Earn Your Happy Ending
is frequent. I'm also big on Narrative Filigree
, again to create that feeling of reality.
As far as the nature of my works go, there is often a fair amount of non-sexual Author Appeal
involved. Some of the things falling under this include the setting being a World of Snark
, as hard science as possible
, and a fair amount of Xenofiction
when applicable, as getting into alien mindsets is a very interesting challenge. Sexual Author Appeal
, however, is very disturbing
to encounter in others' works, so I try not to go there. I also tend to assume Viewers Are Geniuses
and almost always come down on the Enlightenment side of Romanticism Versus Enlightenment
. My usual world-building process is setting, then characters, then plot.
Concerning my writing
style itself, though, I'm usually less then satisfied. I often have difficulty balancing between "too much" and "too little" description. There's often a connection between the level of detail and how much I enjoy writing a scene - action scenes are usually pretty detailed, romance scenes decidedly not. Dialogue is probably my biggest strength, as I enjoy character interaction, but runs the risk of the Featureless Plane of Disembodied Dialogue
I like to have an ensemble cast, so I prefer third-person limited POV. I also like to give characters a distinctive voice, and I've historically been able to spot accidental Author Avatars *
by how closely they resemble my own personal "voice" (which this post is written in). In general, though, if my writings come across as resembling those of a real world author, it would tend more towards various popular historians rather than any fiction writers.
edited 15th Mar '11 11:48:14 PM by nrjxll