Hi everyone! I hope you are having a great week so far.
It is officially #mermay season (a month-long challenge of drawing mermaids). Hence in its honor, my featured images this month will be mermaids. Like I previously mentioned, I am currently in the mad phase of editing so I am cringing every second I read my work. Baby/Newbie writer here! I was going to stay off reading while editing, but I’m a sucker for a good book so oh well. Needless to say, that plan didn’t last long.
Anyway, I recently read a beautifully written book that made me feel like my current writing style is like that of a drunk chicken. The only thing is, although it was well written, I found it really hard to follow and quite boring to be honest. The novella was less than fifty pages but I found it hard to stick with it till the end and to actually understand what the writer was saying. I was lost all through and didn’t understand the story.
Again, it was well-written. It read like a really long poem. But at the end of the day, the story was meh. I thought that maybe I am not smart enough for his work, so I decided to read the comments/reviews of the book and I found that I wasn’t alone. A lot of people also said that although they appreciated the beauty of the writing style, they found it boring, hard to follow.
I don’t want to state the name of the book because this isn’t an official review. Although the book made me feel bad about my writing it taught me a valuable lesson. Fictional books are there to tell stories. So it defeats the purpose if people read it and are confuse or don’t get the story it’s trying to tell. So now I have a note to always remind myself to focus on writing the actual story and making it as understandable as possible instead of focusing on trying to write beautifully. Writing well is great as long as it doesn’t come at the cost of the story being told.
If someone can read my work and follow the story and are hopefully entertained, then I have accomplished what I set out to do. As for my writing style, I don’t think I actually have a proper style yet, but I know it’s not flowery or anything. It’s still developing and that is something I look forward to seeing transform. The main thing I hope you take away from this is to try to focus more on making sure your words and actions are understood for exactly what you are trying to communicate. I think it’s worth more than just focusing on sounding lyrical or cool.
(P.s most beautifully written books I have read haven’t been boring. This one surprised me a bit and got me thinking about the worth of having a flowery writing style.)
Well, that’s it from me today!
Thank you for spending time with me today and I hope you’ll be back here again next week Wednesday. Have a great rest of the week!