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What is my writing?

nick'd from a friend who read an article that I'd also read but had decided I didn't have time for. Well, now I'm ignoring _other_ things for a quick moment, and so--

Ten things that describe my writing? Then order... then pick the top three... I skipped the middle a bit.

Conscious
Different
Sharp
Surreal
Playful
Intelligent
Dark
Challenging
Exploratory
Inploratory

Those to me are the key elements. And "Different" is not a very good descriptor. Now, I prefer to write things _about_ consciousness, dreams, magic, technology, hmm. Surreal could work as an adjective... Dreamlike doesn't quite work, because it has to be sharper. Nightmarish wouldn't be bad, except it's limiting and only conveys some of what I like to play with. Playful--I suppose that's there. Hmm. Okay, talking, spending more time, forcing the words out--I find more words. Funny, huh? Is it _fair_ to call something insightful? Doesn't everyone want to be, in one way or another. That's too generic, perhaps. Dark, challenging--sure. And let's make up a word--Inploratory, to say something Exploratory doesn't necessarily of itself. I don't mean introspective, as that's too structured in my head, too pointed. Maybe I'm misunderstanding the feel of the word, though.

I'd love to be well-written and true-to-voice, and I think that's very important for my writing to work... but I don't think I'm there yet.

Ordering them?

Inploratory goes at the top
Conscious -- except I can't quite define this, in context, so I'm probably very wrong. Or just full of myself. Or something.
Surreal seems to be important to my voice; when I'm not that, I'm flat.
Intelligent.

If I can't consider my work intelligent, I can't consider it much. What the hell, let's swap out Inploratory for Exploratory. Same diff? You can explore inwards as well as out, etymology notwithstanding...

Exploratory
Intelligent
Surreal

EIS sounds like some sort of disorder.

Whatever it is, perhaps I've got it.

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mackatlaw
Oct. 12th, 2005 06:56 pm (UTC)
Avoid over-analysis
It's overrated. Just write what you want to and let the other people label you (or not).

Mack
kaolinfire
Oct. 12th, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Avoid over-analysis
this is for approaching an agent. :)
mackatlaw
Oct. 12th, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Avoid over-analysis
err.

umm.

it's not what I'd send, even as a preliminary working out of how to sell your style. try looking in a book of sample query letters and ways to approach an agent? it seems somewhat rambly (and if *I* say that, consider...). i think short has a lot of punch. afterall, it's one of your strengths.
kaolinfire
Oct. 12th, 2005 07:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Avoid over-analysis
This was certainly not intended as a query letter.

Maybe it would help if I sent you the relevant link. :)

http://www.jennifercrusie.com/essays/itsallaboutyou.php

there's another good one, too --

http://www.jennifercrusie.com/essays/impossibledream.php
mackatlaw
Oct. 12th, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Avoid over-analysis
ah, sorry, was reading too fast.

more later.
kaolinfire
Oct. 12th, 2005 08:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Avoid over-analysis
not a problem; your feedback is appreciated regardless. :)
mackatlaw
Oct. 14th, 2005 07:23 am (UTC)
Re: Avoid over-analysis
Eh. I still don't like the idea of labeling, even if it's you labelling yourself, about your writing style. But I'm quixotic that way.

Finding an agent is a good idea. When I've written a book and sold some short stories, I'll get more interested in finding one. :)
mackatlaw
Oct. 12th, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Avoid over-analysis
I mean, my idea of approaching an agent in describing my work goes like this:

My name is so and so. I write speculative fiction with an emphasis on post-modern imagery and old-school ideas. I've previously been published in X, and have helped found a magazine. I work as a technical writer. Please find one of my stories enclosed.

Yours Truly, John Doe, Deceased

(I realize only about one of those descriptions describes you, but I believe in short. Get them to read your fiction with an introductory, brief cover letter that soon gets itself out of the way, so they can get to the fiction.)

Mack
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