That is the bad news. You too must read up on your topic.
There are times when nothing comes. So this discussion must finally acknowledge that our stylistic options as writers are neither numerous nor glamorous, since our readers are bound to be such imperfect artists. Did you enjoy this post? It is this genuine caring, and not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. I myself grew up in Indianapolis, where common speech sounds like a band saw cutting galvanized tin, and employs a vocabulary as unornamental as a monkey wrench.
So this discussion must finally acknowledge that our stylistic options as writers are neither numerous nor glamorous, since our readers are bound to be such imperfect artists. To Hell With Suspense. Readers want our pages to look very much like pages they have seen before. Sing in the shower. But your eloquence should be the servant of the ideas in your head.
Be insanely practical or alarmingly entertaining. I myself find that I trust my own writing most, and others seem to trust it most, too, when I sound most like a person from Indianapolis, which is what I am. I am not urging you to write a novel, by the way — although I would not be sorry if you wrote one, provided you genuinely cared about something.
He wrote about race, social justice and the role of institutions, among many things. If I broke all the rules of punctuation, had words mean whatever I wanted them to mean, and strung them together higgledy-piggledy, I would simply not be understood. But your eloquence should be the servant of the ideas in your head.
Dance to the radio. Create unique stories. The most damning revelation you can make about yourself is that you do not know what is interesting and what is not.
Are they trying to stub out the cigarettes once and for all? It is this genuine caring, and not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style. And there went my dream of doing with words what Pablo Picasso did with paint or what any number of jazz idols did with music. Rule 6: Be a Sadist. And lucky indeed is the writer who has grown up in Ireland, for the English spoken there is so amusing and musical. Keep them turning the pages of your book by creating suspense and evoking their emotions.
I write practical and conversational non-fiction, wherein I explain everything the reader needs to know about a particular topic. Encourage them to make a better world. If you write enough poems, do enough art—in whatever form that may be—you might just stumble upon the most precious prize of all: forgiveness—that rare capacity to forgive people for their ignorance, stupidity, self-interest or wickedness. Write to please just one person. You will get an enormous reward.