I hear about style virtually every day. As a writer and editor for the student newspaper, I have seen hundreds of different styles. That’s not a bad thing. Rather, it’s a way to distinguish yourself from every other writer.
Joan Didion was almost a match made in heaven for me. She has an aggressive, yet brilliant style that uses complex sentences to hide her imposing style. Simply put, she likes to give off her opinion, but does so in a masterful way that hides what could be an overbearing opinion. She also loves to to mix short and long sentences, while mixing in complex sentences. That is a very similar strategy to mine as Didion and I are both journalists. So by picking a feature story I wrote on Lawrence Marshall, a Michigan commit, the style masquerade activity wasn’t very challenging. Had it been a poet, it would’ve been another story. All I did for the style masquerade was add a few short sentences and added a sentence with em-dashes. However, in the future I hope to implement more of Didion’s style into mine.
On a totally different note, I have pondered a few ideas for the “Why I write” project. Growing up, I was slow to develop (this would be the focal point of the project) and wasn’t always passionate about school. I was put in lower levels than I thought I should’ve, so writing is a way to prove these people wrong and sense of pride. Secondly, I write for my job. Whether it’s here at the Daily or at a internship, writing stories is what I do and what I love. I get no bigger satisfaction than uncovering someone’s story and being the one to tell it. It’s really an indescribable feeling. I’ve always been a shy kid — not very vocal — so writing is a way to express yourself without having to talk. Plain and simple, I love to write. It comes natural to me and is therapeutic in a sense. Lastly, another idea I’ve pondered was how writing can be competitive. At the Daily, I have strict deadlines and meeting them is always a thrill. To the point, I love writing and there are many reasons I do it.