The style masquerade was a very unique exercise. I originally struggled at doing this exercise because I have never identified my own style, therefore, how would I recognize someone else’s style? I had to identify the writing style of Zadie Smith, a writer whom I have never heard of before. So, how was a very amateur writer suppose to identify the styles of a professional writer? Fortunately, my partner and I were able to identify the same attributes of styles without collaboration. That kind of gave me a sense of accomplishment because I am able to slowly get back in to the swings of writing. It is safe for me to say that I am still trying to find my style of writing because I have only been writing essays to please my professors choices/rubrics.
The style chapters that we read gave me an overall idea of where my writing normally stands. I cannot wait to explore more styles of writing through free writing options. Although blogging for our writing 220 classes have natural guidelines of what we need to ‘address’, I am discovering my own style of blogging that I will hopefully continue in the future with future blogging I wish to do.
I know I have different styles of writing due to the different items I need to write. The obvious differences are the different styles of essays and emails than to text messages and social media. Even when writing this blog I am still trying to figure out how to keep it ‘academic professional’ with my own voice. I feel a sort of uncomfortableness blogging for a class because I cannot quite decide how my tone or style can be. Obviously when one blogs, you use first person to explain one’s experience, however, I feel awkward always addressing things as “I this and I that”. One goal I have by the end of this semester is to become more comfortable with blogging, start up my own blog, and be able to identify my own style that I like for blogging. This is a very reachable goal because we will be blogging throughout the weeks, so I will be able to figure out how I like addressing my blogs, etc.
Finally, with all of that being said, I am still debating on two different paths of the writing prompt “Why I Write”. This is tricky because up until now, I only wrote for classes to the professors expectations. I am able to address this prompt however I want (within some boundaries). It is very odd because I try to determine why I write and there are so many factors in this that it’s a mind boggling question to address. With playing around with different ideas, I will soon be able to settle down with one and run with it!