After completing the style masquerade we were all asked, “Do you have a better understanding of your own writing style?” In response, most of my peers nodded, while I was ambushed with the realization that I could in no way define my “style”. I’ve always been told that my writing has a “voice,” and I would agree with that. I write in much the same way that I talk and think. When I reread a paper, I can often hear my literal voice in my head saying the words. One of my favorite things to do is break up long complicated sentences by inserting short, quick statements. Sometimes for dramatic effect, sometimes for humor. In general, I use them to break away from the denser content-based writing and appeal to the reader’s emotions. But what does that mean for my style? I wouldn’t necessarily call my writing conversational, so what is it? I still don’t have an answer. The best I can do is assume that my style is still forming. Having said that, I don’t think a style ever fully forms. It is always changing. When reading Gertrude Stein’s writing in class, one thing I noticed is that the “style” of her poem, Tender Buttons, was very different than that of one of her novels. While certain elements of her writing could be seen in both, her style evolved from one piece to the other.
As for the “Why I Write” essay, I will probably write it as a narrative. Much as one’s style changes, my answer to this question has evolved over my years of writing. There is no one reason why I write and so no one thing that can be the focus of my project. Instead, I hope to take the reader on the journey that got me to the Minor in Writing, and let him experience my many answers to this question.