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!