Every story, poem, newspaper article, or song has a recognizable fingerprint: the author’s unique voice or style. Voice and style consist of three aspects:
- The habitual choice of words shapes the tone of our writing.
- The chronic use and misuse of grammar and punctuation shapes the pacing of our sentences.
- Our deeply held beliefs and attitudes emerge and shape character arcs and plot arcs.
Some authors are forceful in their style and throw you into the action. They have an in-your-face, hard-hitting style that comes on strong and doesn’t let up until the end.
Dashiell Hammett perfected the crime noir novel with short, choppy sentences packed with power words:
Quote from TheMaltese Falcon:
“I’m going to send you over. The chances are you’ll get off with life. That means you’ll be out again in twenty years. You’re an angel. I’ll wait for you.” He cleared his…
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