About Me

My photo

My Blog SCRIBBLE AND EDIT reflects my love of creative writing, design, literature and film. Check out my Poems & haiku, Romantic Flash Fiction; Blogfest Entries; Blog Awards and other prose and Flash Fiction. Do bear with me, as I will reciprocate with those genuine commenters on my blog.  BTW I sometimes withhold comments for challenges until later. Comments about the post are much appreciated. Thank you.
Comments based on others' comments can lead to misunderstandings that spread like whispers!

The only SURE way for me to follow you back is if you leave a comment. However, if your Blog has a black background and white writing then it makes my eyes squiffy...

Monday, 11 April 2011

I: Insightful Ideas

Have you found Insightful Ideas through reading and emulating other authors?On my writing journey it was suggested that one might write in the style of an author you admire by reading their first page and then writing your own similar, but original first page.

I found this to be a most insightful exercise in finding out how easy/ hard it might be for me to write in the genre and style of that author. Interestingly I found my version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone to be stilted and boring. Sorry guys I can't find that one at the moment to share. I'm not advocating copying another author, just trying out their style to see how it fits with your own writing style. It's simply an exercise. 


However, here are some examples of my other first pages:




Is this something you might attempt?


19 comments:

  1. I haven't tried to directly emulate anything by other authors, but I've certainly been influenced by some.


    Lee
    Tossing It Out
    Twitter hashtag: #atozchallenge

    ReplyDelete
  2. I think this is a great technique, Madeleine. I've been trying something similar with plotlines. Going through my favourite novels and summarising the plots. What happens in chapter 1? etc.

    I'd like to copy emulate sections of the prose to. To try to get a feel for writing at novel length (I'm a very sparse short story person).

    I liken this technique to apprentice painters copying the works of the great masters.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I don't like to copy another writer's style. I make my own.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I think a very interesting exercise, try transpolar to photography.

    ReplyDelete
  5. What an interesting exercise!! I think you pulled both these off quite well - especially your agatha christie one (and I love her books!!!!) and especially in an updated version too!! Take care
    x

    ReplyDelete
  6. Great exercise, and I fully understand that you're not advocating copying, here, just trying another writer's style on for size! Loved your examples :-)
    All best
    Karla

    ReplyDelete
  7. I remember doing this in my fiction writing classes in college. But it was an exercise in finding our own voices. The theory is that no matter how hard you try emulating another author, your own voice is bound to come through. And it does!

    ReplyDelete
  8. An interesting exercise that I think I'd find very hard. Be worth trying but I've been talking/writing in this way so long. Never say never, though.

    ReplyDelete
  9. An interesting idea, though not something I've tried myself. I shall have to give this a go!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I love your site and as I browsed your blog I decided to award you the Powerful Woman Writer Award.
    Go to http://astorybookworld.blogspot.com/p/awards.html and pick up your award.
    ~Deirdra

    ReplyDelete
  11. I tried a similar style to Rowling with my first novel, but soon realized it was all in passive voice. It's amazing how passive her first novel was. It wouldn't go in today's world. I soon created my own more active prose that worked well. But she has certainly influenced me as a writer.

    ReplyDelete
  12. new follower here! great to meet you through the A-Z blogfest. I find that every time i read a book, it influences my style of writing. this is probably why i'm avoiding shakespeare (though i love his work)--i might end up writing my novels with words like "thou" and "wherefore".
    nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

    ReplyDelete
  13. Interesting exercise. As someone who is utterly fascinated by film, I often instinctively recall moments of past films (from my favorite directors/movies) when gaining ideas for my own screenplays. It is a necessary utilization of thought, but as you suggest, all work must be original in writing and in implementation. Past works always inspire, therefore, it's virtually impossible to avoid some form of imitation.

    And great blog!

    ReplyDelete
  14. It's a clever way to start out and to study the style of another

    ReplyDelete
  15. I think we all hear an idea and try to develop it into our own syle and language....
    good post!

    http://sbpra.com/tracyspaine/

    ReplyDelete
  16. This is an interesting way to study another author. I think it could also be useful in helping to develop one's own voice. I might need to try it.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Thanks Michael, Gosh you know I hadn't noticed that. No wonder I found it hard to write my own version too! :O)

    ReplyDelete

Comments with heart are worth their weight in gold. Thank you.
Comments based on others' comments can lead to misunderstandings that spread like whispers!
COMMENTS MAY BE occasionally MODERATED and TAKE TIME TO APPEAR, Thank you.