Learning the Writing Style of Favourite Authors

Absorbing the writing style of my favorite authors is the new hobby I have found for myself. This has been a second nature to me always, though.(I mean absorbing the writing pattern of any writer.) Even in the blogosphere, I read the posts of the awesome people I follow, with utmost keenness and interest, to understand and feel what state of emotions would have inspired those words!

Now, I want to take this instinct one step ahead by methodically examining and try acquiring the techniques of my ideal novelists. Few days back I got inspired from Mike’s post (He is a published author, and this was an old post, in which he recounted his prime days)to practice this earnestly.Mike in his post wrote- “..I even typed out Hemingway’s text to see what it felt like to produce such sentences, and started trying to write the next sentence

Precisely! When I read Oscar Wilde, I often say to myself, “Wish I could write like that!” Alike sentiments I get while reading Tennyson’s or Wordsworth’s poetry or Edgar Allan Poe’s tales.So, I resolved to study the narrative forms ofย  Oscar Wilde and Edgar Allan Poe to begin with.(I can take poetry, the next month)

The plump old book “Great collections of Oscar Wilde” and the not so plump but old book “The Tales Of Imagination” by Edgar Allan Poe have been presented with a reserved space on my table for the next one month.A blue notebook, with a pen clasped inside, adorns them on top.

Last night, my subject of study was Oscar Wilde’s short story “The Selfish Giant”.I tried picking up a few sentences, where the aesthetics of Nature had been very neatly narrated.I wrote them down in my blue notebook, read them twice, then tried to cast my own words in a similar prose.I thoroughly relished the exercise! It felt reasonably satisfying!

Tonight I plan to study Poe’s “A Mesmeric Revelation”

Walter Crane The Selfish Giant



21 thoughts on “Learning the Writing Style of Favourite Authors

  1. What a fabulous idea, that never occurred to me but it would be so much fun to do. I think I may try that…thanks for the inspiration. I saw you over at Jackie’s party, so glad you stopped by so that I could stop here and be inspired by you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you so much Deb! I feel great to learn my post helped you find inspiration! ๐Ÿ™‚ It is quite an uplifting exercise! I am very happy to get connected with you! Your blog has so many positive quotes. It is a “Serendipity” to have found your blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. That is an awesome exercise with the class of writers that you are choosing.

    I remember years ago looking at Charles Dickens writing style and just being in awe. The opening paragraph of “A Tale of Two Cities” is unequalled and is quite rightly one of the most famous opening of a novel. It is only one sentence long and reads so elegantly because of the skillful use of punctuation. I have not seen such mastery of punctuation before or since.

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  3. Some really interesting ideas floating around on this post, Prabhat. I think we must do whatever we feel helps us to fully understand the writing styles of others and, at the same time, improve our own. When it comes down to it, though, when we do write, it should always be our own unique ‘voice’ that is heard.

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    • Indeed! You know, even while I have been learning the writing style of the authors, I feel comfortable writing in my own style.:) Those exercises, I observed, helped me learn about different sentence structures I can try! And while I was reading “The Happy Prince” by Oscar Wilde, I noticed many interesting sentence structures. They made the narrative sound very amusing and charming! ๐Ÿ™‚


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