Where does the line between enjoying a writer’s style and naturally incorporating elements of that into your writing and merely imitating their style reside? I think we do the former naturally but when we try to do it intentionally, we’re bound to run into trouble. I read Jim Butcher’s blog and tried to use his formula for writing a novel once. He says it is the way he was taught in his MFA, but I ended up with something that was just lacking in my voice. I like the story idea I started with but it went astray when I tried to use his process. I’m going to have to figure out how to restart it.
Incorporating or imitating?
April 8, 2010 at 10:30 pm (Uncategorized)