One blog leads to another it seems. I could spend the entire day reading other people’s blogs and visiting other blogs they have links to but one blogging journey today set me on the path of a writer I had never heard of and I concept I hadn’t given much thought, “who do I write like”.
When my thoughts start to hit paper (or computer screen) that is just the way it is. The words you get are pretty much the words I’m thinking though I take a little care about grammar and spelling and check to see if have repeated myself. And yes, from time to time, I begin to drift in my thoughts and the original thought begins to fade.
Returning to the “who do you write like” thought, I present to you, David Foster Wallace. This man’s name and work are a complete mystery to me though I believe I will now have to explore his best seller, Infinite Jest. I not only didn’t know who he is/was and that I write like him but the whole concept of being able to identify someone’s writing style with a few short paragraphs fascinates me.
Tis clear my speech lacks the prose and wit of my dear friend Hamlet. My heart could not rhyme for thee, two words or even three. My thoughts could not a sonnet make if all the world and heaven shake. (Wanna Be Shakespear)
Enough of that.
If I could decide to write like someone who would it be. Some strange combination of Dickens, Charlotte Bronte and Hemmingway I suppose, though I’m not sure I could be quite as crass as Hemmingway, as lofty as Dickens or as emotional as Bronte.
Truth be told I am not a huge reader of fiction. I get far too distracted with philosophy and mystics. It would be my dream come true to spend a year in some secluded cabin beside a lake with all the classics piled around me, a bottomless pot of stew with biscuits, butter, jam and a good light to read by.
I decided to try again on the “You Write Like” page with another piece of my work and got someone else I had never heard of, William Gibson. I’ve now decided this imaginative little piece of marketing which analyses writing style is similar to the handwriting analysis booth at the local annual fall fair. It is a way to get you to spend money. In this case the opportunity to learn to be a better writer and to buy more books on Amazon.
It was all fun and took me to a journaling link that looks interesting too. Thanks to “blabberwodkying” for this interesting foray into another realm of blogging. He always has fun stuff to read.