Influence has an important role in your writing. As you understand and work with different styles and influences, you’ll learn how to find your own voice.
This is part two of a 12-part series on style and voice. Writers in the Story Course and the Story Intensive can determine their writing style by taking the Style Diagnosis Quiz. This is a tool to help you highlight elements of style in your own work and point you to authors who may inspire you right now.
Are you a Fearless writer?
You write about our world — our real world — but aren’t opposed to showing it to us in a big, fierce mirror.
You ask, How else are you going to see what might be happening here, and how it can hurt? and then you take another risk.
Your stories often contain content that has a sensitive or emotional nature, and you write it with an unexpected feistiness. Sometimes your stories can be downright disturbing.
You have the courage to be vulnerable, subversive, or disliked.
You write what you don’t think you are allowed to write, and thank goodness for that.
Read the following books to learn about other Fearless writers:
- Miranda July, No One Belongs Here More Than You
- Mary Gaitskill, Don’t Cry
- Lorrie Moore, Birds of America
- Patricia Lockwood, Priestdaddy
- Roxane Gay, Hunger
- Sheila Heti, Motherhood
- Rawi Hage, Cockroach
Please leave your suggestions for other Fearless writers in the comments below.
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