Writing

Writing Wednesday: Top Ten Signs a Piece of Fiction is Written By Me

I saw this post by PubCrawl writer S. Jae-Jones, and even though the meme itself is a few years old (and from LiveJournal to boot!) I thought it was so fun and interesting I decided to think about it in terms of my own writing. I generally try not to repeat myself, but thinking it over, there are of course telltale signs. Here are 10 of them:

Top Ten Signs a Piece of Fiction Was Written By Me

1. A distinctive, stylized, sometimes unwieldy prose style

2. A sense of humor that vacillates between conceptual and wacky

3. Relationships hampered by lack of communication, often deliberate

4. LOADS AND LOADS OF CHARACTERS

5. Hyper-stylized, rapid-fire dialogue and banter

6. Protagonists who are outwardly detached or disaffected, but secretly harbor an intense, obsessive, often unhealthy or uneven love (not necessarily romantic)

7. Allusions, cross-references, and trivia

8. Modern re-imaginings of genre fiction tropes (ranging from comics to movies)

9. Explosive, protracted, emotionally heightened climaxes followed by shorter, understated closing chapters.

10. Women saving men.

I was going to go into more detail, but I’ve got to study for finals, heh. And honestly, most of these are pretty self-explanatory. That was fun, though! Almost like a writing exercise in itself.

Are there any giveaway characteristics or tropes that you find constantly pop up in your work? If so, let me know in the comments!

Love, Caution,

Aimee

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