Style…Have You Got It? was a recent post by Cynthia Robertson. The post was prompted by a fun tool that is meant to analyse your writing style and then produce the name of an author your writing most closely matches.
Even though I got two different results for the same novel I was pleased with the results because William Gibson and Harry Harrison are both known as science fiction/speculative fiction writers. This novel is meant to fit in with those genres. I am pleased my writing style matches the intended genres.
Cynthia then raised the question, do writers write in a specific style or if they were to switch genres would they also change the style of the writing to match the genre. I would have assumed that I changed or adapted my style when I write in different genres but I was wrong. When I put passages from a few of my short stories that were not written in the science fiction genre, I still got compared to several different writers who write science fiction stories.
What has this little exercise taught me as a writer?
I suppose it has taught me that although I dabble in different genres from time to time for fun, I am on the right path with writing novels that have a strong base in science fiction or at least speculative fiction. I had been unsure for a while as to whether I was more of a fantasy writer or more of a science fiction writer but I guess this helps settle things a little more in my own mind.
A while back I wrote a post for my dad on Father’s Day entitled How made dad accidentally inspired me to become a writer. That post outlined the science fiction films my dad and I shared over the years. I guess this fun analyser also confirms that yes, I am more of a science fiction writer than anything else and yes, it is my dad’s fault. Truly and deeply I want to say thanks dad. I will embrace the sci-fi writer within me.