Influence has a very important role in your work as a writer.
The sooner you understand this, the sooner you will learn how to find your own voice.
Today, I’m sharing a little bit about what I call the “Bookish” writing style — and a few of my favourite examples of Bookish writers.
Are you a Bookish writer?
Your writing has an exceptionally sophisticated tone — your pacing is elegant, languid, and patient. Your stories are often longer than most, and your readers can feel like they are immersed in a novel even when they’re reading a short story.
You’re not afraid to write expository or summary narrative, because you know how powerful these can be when a writer uses them with confidence.
Your work is traditional and commanding, designed for beauty and endurance.
Read the following books to learn about other Bookish writers:
Richard Ford, A Multitude of Sins
Alice Munro, Runaway
E.L. Doctorow, Sweet Land Stories
Min Jin Lee, Pachinko
Donna Tartt, The Secret History
Zadie Smith, Swing Time
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah
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