Working with editing in most of my jobs, I have spent a lot of time looking at writing style–but never my own. I always found it difficult to separate my objective mind about style from the sounds and images running through my head. However, reading this article and going back to a paper that I did quite some time ago, allowed me to separate from the personal and analyze.
Within my scholarly writing, I realized that my biggest go-to is prepositions and transitional phrases to fill in space and make the sentence roll off the tongue. See there, I just used “within” to start my sentence. This tends to make my sentences have less meaning for the amount of words they contain. The sentence shape I usually go for contains two or more clauses, always contains a comma and usually could be more broken up. I think the way that I think is in clauses, rather than sentences, so I tend to place them together or separate them in ways that wouldn’t make as much sense to other writers/readers.
A large tendency that I need to break in creative writing is writing from the personal, “I” point of view. I have done exercises attempting to change the perspective and get me out of myself, but I write best when I feel like I am the character that is experiencing what I am writing about. It’s easier to portray feelings, memories, details…it’s the safe way out.
Similarly, for diction, I tend to use a frivolous amount of adjectives. I have always loved when I am reading and I can see the image exactly in my head or feel as if I am experiencing the story for myself. Additionally, I really get caught up in the sound and combination of words, not necessarily the clarity.
These are all elements of my writing that I would like to work on and can analyze after reading these chapters.