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Some discussion of writing style

lettered is talking about writing style, most specifically what makes someone's style recognizable. I think she makes a good point that having a recognizable style doesn't inherently make you a better writer, though I do have to admit I long for a more distinctive voice in my own writing. On the other hand, fanfic requires so much adaptation to the voices of different characters and different fandoms; many people who might have a distinctive voice in their own writing might not have one here.



Do you feel your writing is recognizable? Why or why not? Within Star Trek fandom, yes, I think so. However, I suspect that's because of repeated themes and characters rather than stylistic choices. I am not certain I've written enough in HP or Sherlock to have developed anything recognizable in my writing there.
What do you think gives you away? Like I said above, I think my themes and character choices are distinctive, especially in Star Trek fandom. Last year, several people guessed the story's I submitted to where_no_woman's exchange. One was an Amanda/Sarek piece about the problems of intercultural marriage, and I'd written several stories about that before. The other was a Gaila/Sulu story, and not many people write that pairing. Stories where women are heroes, characters triumph over self-doubt, or untangle difficult family relationships are especially likely to be mine, even outside Star Trek fandom.
Have you written a fic that you feel best exemplifies what makes you recognizable? What was it? The End of the Affair and No One's Bait are both Sherlock stories about women claiming agency in different ways. I enjoyed writing them because they felt like my stories, even though they were in a new fandom.
What's a fic you've written that you feel is unrecognizable? Rocket Science (Earth Girls Aren't Easy Remix) does not feel like mine at all, though that might be the nature of a remix. I was working with an original story that was quite different from my own writing.
What are some fanfic writers you admire that you feel are recognizable? I can usually pick out rubynye's stories. Her prose is very lyrical, and her combination of porn and characterization is distinctive. yeomanrand's style is very precise and sharp with well-chosen details.
What gives those writers away? I think I answered that already :)
What's a fic that you would rec that you feel best exemplifies their recognizability? Obsession, Appassionato exemplifies yeomanrand's style very well. Lose a Winning Match is a good example for rubynye.
What are some fanfic writers you admire that you feel are less recognizable? Hm. I think I might sit this one out. I don't think that being recognizable makes you a better writer, but I wouldn't want my answer to come off as a back-handed compliment.

In other news, my dysfuncentine story is finished! Well, a draft of it anyway. It's not due for nearly a month, so I'm going to hang onto it and tinker with it some more. I may have to put up a prompt post next weekend; I got so used to writing for exchanges that I don't even know how to come up with my own ideas anymore!
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I have help. :) And thank you, that's a lovely compliment...I think. ;)

(Am currently working on a John-centric post-Reichenbach fic.)
I certainly intended it as a compliment - I hope it sounded like one!

I enjoyed the John fic. I think you handle his character so well, and I"m really curious about where he's really going. Hopefully to find Sherlock :)

I am still a tangled bunch of feelings and I haven't yet managed to pluck a story idea out of the morass of competing emotions. I just put up a prompt post, so hopefully something there will help me out.
I have left you some prompts. :) And yes, it did sound like a compliment, but you sounded there at the end like maybe you weren't sure and I'm a smart ass by nature, so I had to tease.

Sussex. I'm flattered, seriously; I think John doesn't get nearly enough credit for being a complex character in fandom, so I'm always pleased when a) my characterization feels right and b) the story about him in my head is intriguing for someone else. :)
Wow, I'm impressed about your dysfuncentine story; I've barely even started plotting mine in the shower (my usual first step).

Fascinating discussion. Long-time HP readers and flist members can usually spot my stories in no time, but like you, I think that's due more to themes and characters than style. But sometimes my very header gives me away; I tend toward sardonic understatement and wry jokes.

"Women claiming agency" is a great theme to be known for, that's for sure!
Well, my dysfuncentine story is pretty short - under 2K, I think. I was in the mood for something smaller after my last 7K epic. We shall see if I still like it next time I look at it!

And thank you - I would dearly love to be known as someone who writes lots of stories about women.
*blushes a lot* Characterization through porn is one of my favorite themes, so I'm delighted to be told that that comes through. :)

Amusingly, boosette said that she totally knew I'd written her Yuletide fic, for just such these stylistic reasons.
Not specifically related to your comment, but thank you so much for all the links! I have been enjoying them thoroughly, and the Mulan one was especially well-timed since we are viewing the Chinese version in class this week.
Interesting! It's always interesting to think about how our writing stays the same and how it changes with each of our pieces. I feel that mine stays very much the same, though I think my styles for comedy and angst/serious/romance are quite different. My humor is so much my own that I feel it screams my name on most of my "funny" pieces, especially because it's mostly really face-paced dialogue and banter and lots of ridiculous insults. --> Kat <-- Yes. But I think that my angst or serious stuff is also very much of a similar style. I like alliteration, short fragmented sentences, realllllly long sentences, appositives, and repetition.

Whereas I think my giveaways are more writing-style-centric, I think yours are definitely more theme-focused. The focus on strong, imperfect female characters, relationships and the work and difficulty that goes into them (all kinds-- familial, platonic, romantic, work) And your ability to make difficult decisions understandable-- even if they're a mistake, even if I don't agree with the choice, even if it's morally ambiguous, you give the characters such strong inner reasoning for why they act as they do. I love that and notice it often in your stories.