I did one of those goofy online quizzes, "Which Famous Writer Do YOU Write Like" where you copy and paste a sample of your writing and the online generator comes up with an answer after careful calculations and analysis.
I write like: Chuck Palahniuk. Author of "Fight Club."
These dumb quizzes are pretty pointless, but I was a little bored. But the funny thing is, this little online program was right on. My writing style is similar to Chuck Palahniuk. And what style would that be? If I could describe my style, I would say I'm very much a minimalist.
In person, I love to talk. I talk for a living. I persuade for a living. I'm a talker. And I can talk. I can get verbose. At the end of the day, my voice is hoarse from talking.
But in my writing, I really try to keep my words to a minimum. I don't like reading long flowery paragraphs of description. One of my favorite authors, Dean Koontz, is guilty of this. I will read a few sentences to get an idea of the surroundings, but skip the rest to get on with the plot. Too much description brings a halt to any momentum.
So I don't write that way. I like to think of myself as a storyteller that happens to write down my stories. So my writing keeps with the oral tradition. I just want to get and keep your attention through my storytelling. I don't like adverbs. I use them, but I try to avoid them as much as possible. I like verbs. I like action words. I will give the reader a description of the environment, of what people look like, or what people are wearing through action. I weave it into the goings-on of my story.
So this online quiz made me think about my style, which is something I don't really contemplate. But yeah, I write like Chuck Palahniuk.
What's your style?