Too many ellipses…. And starting sentences with the word “and.” (But the word “but” is good too.)
I write like I talk. Sometimes I use the same word multiple times in one paragraph without consulting a thesaurus. When I was 14 or so I wrote a school paper and used the word “imperative” instead of “important” and got called out for inappropriately using a thesaurus because apparently 14-year-olds don’t know what imperative means. Instead of taking the appropriate lesson from that experience, I decided writing as you speak is the number one way to connect with your reader.
Ali Luke just wrote an amazing post on Men with Pens, breaking down the writing styles of her favorite bloggers.
While I haven’t done as intricate a job as Ali, I have started noticing my favorites bloggers sometimes make up words, tell sex jokes and write run-on sentences followed by a joke about writing run-on sentences.
But just because they “break all the rules” doesn’t make them bad writers. In fact, the fact that they can keep me captivated for more than the standard 750 word blog post means they must be doing something right. And there’s a difference between people who throw caution to the wind and people who are completely incompressible. Ridiculous grammar is one thing, sounding like a robot is another…
And THIS is what makes a good blogger. The fact that so many break the rules in so many infinite ways. This doesn’t make them bad writers, this makes them connect with a group of people who find their specific style attractive.
To me, this is what defines someone’s “voice”. If we all followed the rules, then no one would stand out.
Thoughts? What kind of writing lights your fire?