jusummerhayes

(Writing) Style

This morning, I read a blog post by Annie Mueller entitled "What's It Like To Lose Your Sex Drive". I've followed her writing for a while, and this post seemed quite different from her previous material.

It got me thinking. 

What's my writing style?

In one word: stale.

In one sentence: there's not enough juice let alone narrative to capture the essence of what I'm trying to say.

In one paragraph: I never intended to confine my writing to blog posts. For a long time — too long — I've harboured the desire to write a memoir, more poetry and something around wisdom/elderhood/growing old; but I've never felt that I'm possessed of the writing armoury to make it happen.

Does this matter?

I show up; I try my best; and something always emerges.

Well, yes, actually it matters a lot. Not in the sense I'm trying to be someone other than I am, but I want to feel that I've worked hard to achieve the very best expression of an idea, story or poem and not thrown things on a page for the sake of it. That said, I need to consider my putative reader and ask myself: what is it that I'm trying to say? It wouldn't hurt, once in a while, to adopt a more improv-led approach where I write in the style of someone else or write on a subject that I've never written about before. Better still, to write a few stories — I'd love to do something akin to the film Waterworld but based on a different 'we-are-all-doomed' narrative.

I should add that writing is still a great pleasure, and that's particularly the case given that I didn't come to it until I was 43.

All I can do though is keep trying and, hopefully, with a bit of luck, I might find a new style or at least an improved one to express my ideas in a way that more deeply connects with my eternal essence.

Thanks again for taking the time to read these posts. It means so much to me.

Blessings, and much love.

Ju

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