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One reader will enjoy a simpler prose while another, me, will enjoy a more colourful and descriptive style. Sure, this risks falling into the category of purple prose. Why is purple prose so bad? What’s so terrible about pushing the English language to its limits.

I’m guilty of a little purple prose so I’m bias. But I agree that it can overload the reader with too many senses or emotions or visuals that are hard to imagine all at once. But there is a balance for all of us. I’ve happily compromised a little here and there for those who appreciate my style and prose. 

However, I’ve outright ignored some because they demand I change my voice and style completely. These and NOT good critters if you want to stick to your voice and style. They are rigid in their style and try to impose it on others. This is where you need to think about whether this person is going to make a good critiquing partner for you ongoing. 

Having said that, if you want your style to fit a certain box, then there is a chance they may be the best critiquer for you. So go ahead, decide for yourself if you want to adapt to a particular market or if you want to write in your own style. There’s nothing wrong with either as long as it’s your choice. But style and voice isn’t easy to change by force, so I suggest you work on maybe toning down parts of your style without feeling like you’re sacrificing. If you sacrifice too much to get published, then what’s the point? But again, this is just how I see it. I’d rather risk being unpublished than change too much.

I’ve had many people point out their “issues” with my style. And that’s okay if they don’t like it. You can’t please everybody. But I’ve also had people compliment me for it and make more suited suggestions. So I’m confident that it’s likeable enough to not sacrifice it. 

I decided long ago what style I was heading towards. Whether I’ve achieved it or not remains to be seen, but I know my voice and how I want my words to come across. If you know this, then you’re already a writer with style.

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For more information on finding your style… here’s something from Self-Publishing School

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