Have any of you guys noticed your writing style completely changing? I was looking at some of my old entries and my writing has been completely different...just wanted to see if anyone else out there noticed something similar. If so, do you actively try to write in your old style from time to time or just go with the flow?
Well, I'd say my old style is mostly just "going with the flow",, i.e. just writing with whatever words came to mind about the subject while the emotions were fresh. My new "style" isn't exactly composite or even unified, so much as I began trying to write each article with a specific aesthetic principle (or set of principles) in mind to modify or serve the point.
As a result, it now takes me up sometimes up to two months to write a single article, because I feel it's not refined enough. I'm kind of missing the energy I used to show in my older articles, but I feel my new ones are aesthetically superior, not to mention more responsible in their commentary.
As for my old style...well we've been over this. I kind of blame my old style and the moral precepts and overall symbolic overlay of those aesthetics (i.e. the old me) with everything that happened 3 years ago...so it's almost as if I avoid writing like that for fear of what it dictates. After much review, I'm not sure which I like better...I almost feel like where I am now, I can't go back so there's no point in trying.
I dont know if my writing style has changed or not, but what I write about has. When I first started travelling, I wrote about the things that fascinate a first time traveller. As well as that, as I got older my focus of interest changed and with that changed what I write about.
I've seen the same Gen - I'm not sure on the reasons exactly - but I tend to write in less of a diary style - did this saw that - and concentrate on capturing impressions from a moment.
How would you summarise your old style vs your new one?
same as it ever was...same as it ever was...same as it ever was...
old style was more boasting, loud, crazy with no consideration for aesthetics or imagery...just my thoughts out in the open.
my new style is more tuned to capturing feelings of a time frame.
I guess the main difference was before I was retelling stories, whereas now I tend to write my feelings...and also as yakyu otaku stated, pushing across an aesthetic principle. But I guess the question remains..do you try to write in the old style from time to time? I guess I've evolved as a writer, but sometimes I just miss my old style.
Yep my style has changed, it became a bit more serious, which is unfortunate, since I don't take myself or my travels very seriously actually...
I started this to change my style, well to learn how to write actually!
Hopefully everyones style will change as they write their blogs - it would be a shame not to learn and evolve.
i think writing for the internet needs a different style to, say, writing a book. Not only in 'voice' but in length, style and even formatting on the page.
I seem to have adopted a more descriptive style that has, unfortunately, tended to make my blogs longer than they should be. Perhaps I need to think about improving my style - maybe using white space instead of words!
One other thing I've improved as I've gone along is my grammar. English is not an easy language, I know - but now I simply hate misuse of the apostrophe or, sometimes, the lack of it. For example, it's
is frequently used instead of its
or vice versa, and your
instead of you're
. The Apostrophe Protection Society's website reveals all. These are common errors that a spellchecker won't pick up because they are (or they're
!) correctly spelt - or should that be spelled? - must go and check the dictionary...
May I suggest that it is not so much your writing style, which has changed. The greatest change has been in You, and your writing simply reflects this.
Nope still write like a 4 year old........okay, maybe 10.
yes, i am agree to u that writing style is changing.
It really depends on my mood really. Sometimes it can be a serious monologue while other times I'm just poking fun at everything. I like changing it up though, not only writing in a similar style from which I can get bored with.
I write to capture the feel...sometimes as if I am climbing , trekking, having a nice time...the beauty of which is to be seen in the photographs...an amusing or evocative moment...sometimes quirky...sometimes detailed...either way, if I create the mood, I have captured & preserved the memory...pretty personal really.
There has been an evolution in our writing style over time and we think our writing has improved.
With that said it can depend on the topic or location in which we are writing about. We have found that when we include travel tips or the cost and prices of certain events & entertainment we receive an increased number of comments from people who are happy to know the prices. I must admit we do not include pricing information very often.
Publishing on travel blog has changed us a bit because we realize there are additional people reading our writing ---not just our friends and family.
That's pretty funny because its true. I just went back to my old style writing with the story I just posted and saw this heading.
I think spellcheck has helped a lot too. I use to always spell the, 'teh' or tahnk you. Actually it still pops up every now and again when I'm describing my photos.
Because I think everyone's writing style changes from time to time I will start reading a blog that I'm not certain that I will like or from someone that I have not really cared for in the past because I know after a few months their style may change.
Many times the blog holds a pleasant surprise.
My writing style IS changing...
I inadvertently walked into a major World ecologically impacting controversy in Southern Ethiopia while photographing exotic tribes...when the President was in town...and I feel compelled to report on it...no idea where it will lead...hopefully I can weave in some of my quirky stories...watch this space...
Looking forward to your report.
I'm certain you will weave
your quirky stories
into the blog.
Eager to read. Watching this space.