Apr. 30 Writing Prompt

We end the month at the end of the week, it’s like a sign or something.

Since May is fast approaching and this week has been one of little prompts with tiny lessons, let us continue the trend.

Besides, I probably need a nap.

Today’s writing prompt is about style.

Like writer’s voice, your style is the words you use and the way you use them. Practicing new styles is always a challenge but has huge rewards in the end.

Opposites attract
Opposite writing styles can have a profound effect on your skill level as a writer.

Do you have the skills to change your entire writing style? Let’s find out.

April 30

Find a book, poem, children’s story, etc that is written in a style opposite of your own. Take a scene or chapter from your own story and rewrite it in the style of the chosen book.

As you can probably tell, this prompt will take a little research. Finding an opposite style means you first have to recognize your own style.

Once you do, though, it will be much easier to spot styles of other writers.

For example, do you write with long, flowing words and sentences with more than 10 words? Or do you keep things short. Maybe choppy?

Style is a word presentation. You set a tone, a beat, and you give the story a rhythm. Each writer is different, but we are also the same in many regards. Our differences come in nuances.

So find a story that you enjoy that has a different beat than your own. Then rewrite yours to match.

If you find it too much of a challenge, keep trying. Do a little bit each day for a few days.

Soon enough you will find that you can switch between writing styles at the drop of a hat. This is a great talent to have. It allows you to alter your characters, write new stories without sounding monotone and always the same.

Let me know in the comments how you did while writing this prompt and if you need any help.

Otherwise, we will see you next month! Also, tomorrow.

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