3 tips for developing your writing style
1. Write a lot
Style is just another word for voice. The only way to generate a style that is uniquely yours is to write. Voice is all-important, and very difficult to prescribe. It can’t be taught. It’s the one aspect of writing which simply has to develop, with practice. Malcolm Gladwell said that, to be an outlier, you needed to put in your ten-thousand hours. To develop a recognisable voice, there’s no alternative: you must write, write a lot.
2. Write clearly
If you’re seeking a quality to guide your own writing, choose clarity. Ask yourself, is it as clear as I can make it? It’s easier to aim for than, say, beauty or lyricism. Aim to be as clear as possible, and it may well turn out to be beautiful.
3. Write authentically
Don’t try to please other people. And neither should you write in a way that you think will draw a certain kind of audience. It’s difficult to pull off, and your writing will come across stilted. Everyone has valuable qualities which are worth developing in their writing. Try to be authentic, to be yourself, and allow your own world-view, your quality of humour, your love of rhythm or image, to emerge. Go with what you have, and play with it. Be true to yourself and you will become the best you can be.