The thing that most of us want to be in our writing is unique. It doesn’t have to be out in left field or pie in the sky to be unique.
We all have our own voice and our own way of putting sentences together. You need to develop that in your characters. Each one has their own voice, their own phraseology.
Under it all there is also your voice as a writer.
That is the uniqueness you need to develop as you write more and more. The only way to develop that is to write. A lot.
When you pick a story to write or it picks you, try different ways of expressing that story. Maybe set it in the future or the past where the language might be slightly different that today.
Take one of the characters and make them talk or act in the manner of a time past. We have all met people who use words from other languages to get their point across or just do it all the time.
Do you know how you catch a unique rabbit?
Unique up on him.
And that is also how you become unique. U niique up on it.
Language according to my old Webster’s Collegiate dictionary is any way to express your ideas. That’s the short version. I didn’t want to take up all my space on their words or language.
We have all heard of the language of love meaning how people show their love, either by words, signs or movements.
When writing we need to use all of the language we can find.
Always, always showing not telling. Using words in unusual ways to describe something, grabs the attention and shows a picture. One of my favorite phrases I have read is ” a puddle of puppies”. You can just see the unevenness of the outline of the puppies all lying together with heads on each other’s rear or paws.
What ever we can do to get the reader to see what we saw when we wrote it, we should do. And we should not be surprised when someone reads it and sees something different. It may be something we can use in another piece.
Language is more words. It can be hugs, looks, or even nods.
Use it all and use it well.
I know, I borrowed the reading slogan and switched, but it fit so well, I couldn’t resist. And besides writing is FUNdamental. You have to know the fundamentals of putting words in sentences and sentences into paragraphs for the writing to be fun to read and write. Punctuation is also one of the fundamentals. I think maybe the most important. I once read a novel that didn’t use anything but periods. No capitals, no paragraphs or dialog thingys. You know what I mean. It was difficult, but the writer knew what she was doing and made the words be the punctuation as well as telling the story.
Once you know the fundamentals, of any language, you are now ready to put that fun into play.
When you make someone laugh, cry or cry out in fear or trepidation, you know you have that one thing right. Um, that is if that was what you were going for.
When you write try having fun with the language. Use something that is normally a noun and make it a verb or vice versa. It can be a lot of fun if you are writing with a character for whom English is a second language.
One of my favorite tv shows is NCIS and my favorite character was Ziva David. She was Israeli who worked at NCIS as an agent and the writers had fun with her lines. She would say looking for a needle in a needle stack and when she was corrected to needle in a hay stack, she asked why you would look for a needle in a haystack.
See? You can have a lot of fun with words. And if you are a poet it is FUN. Trying to put a mountain of words in a hillock of space makes for fun.
I have used the word ‘fun’ a lot here, but if we don’t have fun with what we do, we get stale and so does our writing. If you find yourself looking for ways to have fun writing, try using only 26 words and make it a 500 word story.
Or paragraphs in alphabetical order. You know: First paragraph starts with A and second B and so on through the alphabet.
Now, go have fun.