Going back in time and reading some of the stuff I have written down these past years has thrown up a fact hitherto unknown to me.
When writing blog posts, I am quite unrestrained, going all out and saying whatever comes to mind, using up words like there is no tomorrow. It’s like I have given my mind free rein to gallop whichever way it wants (what we bloggers call digression) as long as it gets back on track and home in reasonable time.
Of course in recent times I have found myself much better in that department, saying things in fewer words. But then, that could probably be due to laziness (I think) because there are still some days I rise above it and go well past the 1500 word mark.
Fiction though, is a different matter. I learnt to my surprise that I have a hidden Mr. Scrooge side while writing stories. I scrimp on words and then some. No amount of suggestions from others to ‘flesh out’ the story works, because that’s not how I seem to see it.
So have you noticed anything peculiar/particular about your own writing?
Isn’t that the sign of good fiction, to be pared down to the bare bones? I get a bit wordy myself, no matter if I’m writing fact or fiction.
I was very bad at precis writing at school, but I am glad I can say it with fewer words now 🙂
Traci York said:
Funny – I seem to be the opposite at the moment. I tend to be concise (for me, anyway) on my blog, but my fiction writing is chock-a-block full of extra verbiage. I’m working on it, though. 🙂
Ahh… best of luck with that, Traci 🙂
Travelcraft Journal (@TravelcraftJrnl) said:
Yes, it often takes me longer to write shorter posts because of all the editing it requires! Usually, my first draft is much wordier.
Agree with you on both 🙂
Oh, thank goodness the commentors’ names are back
Of them, of late, there was a singular lack
You compress your work
‘Cos you think you shirk
And i am almost always on the 5-line track!
Sandhya Kumar said:
When I start writing about my cats or dogs or about my past life, words flow like a waterfall…no constraints. If I think a lot and then write….it lacks ‘my’ touch, I have noticed! Age?!
Parul Thakur said:
I love to observe differences in my writing style. I see that like you I have become more concise and in some ways I have become better. Also, I see that I write more on life lessons now than before. It could be age catching up 😉
Only that it is easier for me to sit down and write a blog post because I know I can complete it in a reasonable amount of time whereas it’s hard to sit down and write a chapter because it will be a while before I can check it off the to-do list.
I am very much similar. Whatever I have to say that comes to my mind, I just write until I get it all out lol. I’m sure you probably noticed this in some of my very long comments in previous posts :p