What's your style, writers?
I ask because I'm not 100% sure what mine is. I seem to write in so many different styles, depending on what the project is and the kinds of characters who populate it. In my current book, which is written in first-person, my style is free-flowing, the punctuation is relaxed and the dialogue rules over everything else. It's a style that feels more relaxed and free, and was incredibly fun to write in (I even got to play with tense). In my short stories, though, where I often write in an omniscient voice, my style is nothing like this. My punctuation is proper, atmosphere is tops, dialogue is sparse, and the tense is almost exclusively present.
I think I know what my second book will be about and, if I go ahead with it, my style will likely be radically different. Now excuse me while I dream big here, but I wonder if this will be a problem for readers. So let's talk about that, shall we? Does it bother you when you read one book by a particular writer and you go to read another only to find that the author's style has completely changed?
Personally, I'm all for a style change-up by my favourite authors. Take Jennifer Egan, for example. I read A Visit From The Goon Squad and a few months later I read The Keep. If her name was omitted from the cover, I never would have guessed that The Keep was written by the same author -- and I think that's amazing. I love that I never know what to expect from her, except for two things: compelling writing and storytelling. Jennifer Egan's ever-changing style makes reading Jennifer Egan an adventure, which in turn, makes Jennifer Egan an adventurista.
Ugh. Never mind. "Ista" will just never, ever work.