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Writing Styles R Us

Updated on November 30, 2015

Whenever I read something raw from a new writer (one I haven’t read before) I will usually critique it mentally. It’s a force of habit. By saying, “Eh I would’ve said it this way.” I try not to do that and just accept another person's work of art is not my own so it’s okay. Whenever I see my best friend write I get a little envious because she uses larger words that I’d need a dictionary for. I try to think she uses too much complicated description and should keep it simple. Perhaps it is more of a comforting thought than anything. Her and I have always competed throughout out our lives. In some ways we still do, but I love her like crazy and wouldn’t trade our friendship for the world.

But all this competing made me wonder if she thinks the same of me. Many instances have occurred where one friend wishes she was more like them. So the opposite maybe true. It makes me feel better as well as curious. It has been shown on sitcoms for years. Envy is one of the seven deadly sins, but it has an essence of logic to it. It carries a sense of admiration for the other person. I know I am a decent writer, but I am not sure how I’d feel about collaborating on a book with my best friend unless she was the illustrator. I couldn’t draw my way out of a paper sack. Maybe I should talk to her about it anyway. I need a good challenge.

I get excited about reading new work. I need to catch up on quite a bit of it on Hubpages. I think of someone else’s writing as a way to inspire you to improve and to keep going. It’s a stepping stone to greatness. All creative works, whether it’s writing, a painting, a song that is being played on the radio or a crocheted hat is considered a work of art.

When I first began writing, I would reuse words a lot. I thought of a thesaurus as a brilliant invention. I was always looking for synonyms to words before I knew the definition of a synonym. I even have a word of the day on my phone via my app.

I hope you enjoyed this article. Keep on writing!!!

Don't You Just Love It When Your Writing Comes To Life???


Speaking of Writing... (Stephen King)


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    • Amanda Abbott profile imageAUTHOR

      Meredith McLarty 

      2 years ago from Sioux City, IA

      Thank you, Frank and Jodah. Your comments are always greatly appreciated. Ill check out all those writers and more. Our unique styles is what makes us who we are.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Meredyth(Amanda),

      We all have our own unique styles and I know occasionally we compare how we would write something to the way others do. It would be a boring world if all writers had the same style etc. Frank is right there are some great writers on HubPages, including him (if you haven't checked out his writing yet, please do). Interesting hub.

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      practice always make perfect.. good writers on here that you should check out.. Faith, Billybuc, Jodah, are very good starts honestly...


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