Okay, I tried and failed at this assignment yesterday. It asked us to imitate a writer we admire and discuss the way it made us feel. Turns out, I can’t imitate!
It is something I think probably did when I first started writing, but that was years ago and a long time has gone under the bridge. I think I found my voice quite a while ago, and nothing is an invitation any more. If you think differently, then please let me know with a comment and we can have a discussion.
The people I admire are endless and span over so many genres. A writer I like is Dean Koontz, and I really don’t believe a sound anything like him. I don’t really know what it is about his style that I like. I think he is an all-rounder with descriptions or dialogue. The way he blends slight paranormal activity into thrillers in a believable way is something that can’t be matched. He is the only one that seems to do this.
Robin Hobb also holds an immersive world they keep your imagination flying along with the pages turning. I would say this is the way she uses all five senses and some descriptions.
Like I said, this list could go on forever so I will probably stop! (I know I have only mentioned 2, but there are many more. People like James Patterson, Dan Brown, George RR Martin, Stephanie Meyers, JK Rowling, Margaret Atwood… And so on.)
The only thing I can say for sure is that we all know the way not to write good fiction. EL James I am looking at you.
My voice is something I’m sure I have found over the years. Finding the exact tone/POV for a story is more of a challenge. I think I have finally cracked it with dream caster!