As I have looked over my writing, I have found some defining characteristics that contribute to what I consider my own style. The most prevalent of these is probably my proliferation of adjectives and verbs that tend to taste poetic. For example, the fact that I just used the word “taste.” It was the first that came to my mind, whether or not it was the best way to express what I was saying. I find this unconventional use to be an impediment at times, but when I wield it to my advantage, I find my writing comes alive, pulsing with new perspective and forcing the reader to reevaluate how they see the world. In a novel I am currently writing, I described an experience in approaching a waterfall: “the waterfall gushed like a scratchy melody from moss encrusted rocks. Plants shivered from its forceful spray and mist surged over me, peeling away the heat that crackled on my skin.” Some of the words that I use may not be directly associated with the topics; scratch, shiver, surge, peel, crackle, however, they find their ways into my writing and I try to use them to my advantage as I create different tones, situations, and perspectives.
In a more academic context, I still use some poetic tools, specifically, metaphor and simile. Opening my article on post-partum PTSD I wrote, “Imagine a patient who during a regular vaginal birth suffers such complications as to send her and a throng of health care providers careening into the operating room for a stat cesarean section, a process that, by the time she comes to, may have felt somewhat like an alien abduction.” Evidently my more academic approaches to writing involve these aspects as well. I enjoy employing these tactics in my writing and feel that these devices (metaphor and simile) enhance my overall argument despite their creative punch. I acknowledge how these can be overused and distracting, as we discussed in class, which is why my writing can still be stylistic when I am cautious about word choice and metaphor.
Another characteristic of my style is how I build my sentences and syntax. I tend to vary my sentences as much as I can, using commas, interjections, and other devices to break up or smooth out the syntax. Whether in poetry or a critical paper on a religious politics, my writing does not tend to be long winded or choppy, but somewhere in between. I like this about my writing and realize that it is something I consciously focus on, even if it is a natural part of my style. My writing over the semester has become more variable as I have gotten more confident in using semi colons, colons, dashes, and other punctuation to influence my sentence structures.
In conclusion, I would not describe my style as simple. It fluctuates, ebbs and flows, and is peppered with my own stylistic choices involving syntax, metaphor, word choice, and many other nuances. Though I find it difficult to define, I am aware of it being my own, even as it is influenced by what I read, study, and learn.