Natural Writing Style
By Nicholas Klacsanzky
Writing styles develop over time. If you force yourself to develop a writing style, it will become a forced writing style. Your style should come naturally from what you have read, what you continue to write, and what influences you have outside of writing.
Reading many books from various authors leaves an imprint on your style. You can use elements from other authors’ styles in your own writing. You should first know the possibilities of writing in order to write well. If you know what can be done, you can use that knowledge to weed out what you want to include in your writing and what you don’t want to include in terms of stylistics.
After writing many stories, essays, poems, articles, and more, you will see trends in your writing style. These trends will point you towards what you prefer to write and how you prefer to write. You can also note what you do well and not so well. There is no harm in examining your writing from time to time. Do not get overly critical, stalling your creative output. But you should not be of the opinion that everything you write is magnificent, as well. Be in balance about your approach to writing.
Writers are not just writers. They also enjoy music, visual art, dancing, engineering, anything. These outside activities can reflect in your writing. You can synthesize your experiences in your writing to make your style realistic and personable. A touch of reality in writing is key, as readers relate to realistic stories that connect to their own lives.
Don’t worry so much about developing your style or “voice.” Let it come naturally—only witness how it is changing and what you want to do with those changes.