Are you Deeper Than You Think?

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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 10-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.

Read the rest of the Style Diagnosis series here: — Bookish — FearlessGrounded Fantasist — Quirky but SeriousIntimate OratorVisceralistMinimalistPointy With Intellect — Stylist — Deeper Than You Think (below)


Are you Deeper Than You Think?

Your writing is deceptively straightforward and carefully crafted: it’s not too lush, not too pared down.

I just want to write a good story, you say to yourself, while you tinker with those four words of dialogue for the hundredth time, trying to get them just right.

Your characters and settings are tightly drawn, because you know that they have to be, if they’re going to come alive off the page.

But your concerns are more philosophical than you let on. Your stories are more engaged with the bigger questions of life itself than all of your well-developed narrative would have us believe at first glance.

Your readers might think your story is about a young family in upstate New York, or a train ride, or a court case. But when we reach the end, we know it is about nothing less than our own humanness.

Read the following books to learn about other Deeper Than You Think writers:

Please leave your suggestions for other Deeper Than You Think writers in the comments below.

xo,


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6 comments

Melanie Ormand

Elizabeth Stroud & her Olive Kitteridge stories...
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Jule Gabrielli

Just read "Dept. of Speculation" by Jenny Offill. It's marvelous. Reminded me at times of the "100 Sentences" exercise. I'm psyched for her new one, "Weather," about climate change.
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Safiya Robinson

Love this and this is definitely me!! And the two I would mention are "Everything I never told you" Also by Celest Ng, and "The Humans" by Matt Haig. Thanks!!
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MaryAnne Roberto

I am always searching for new books to read that are in the genre of my writing. I love this list and the subsequent suggestions. Just finished Little Fires Everywhere, ready for the next on the list. Thanks, happy for this continued resource.
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Do not say we have nothing by Madeleine Thien...superb example of this kind of writing, in my opinion.
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Mary Montanye

I just finished The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall. A debut novel, beautifully written. It reminded me of you, Sarah, and all you have taught us in the Story Intensive. It is about far more than four people whose lives intertwine through the careers of the husbands.
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