One of the things that I love about the Café is that it makes me think about my writing.
This is not the first question that we’ve answered that has been difficult to answer, but I think it’s the most difficult to date.
Here’s the simple truth: I have no idea how similar my writing is to my favorite author’s.
A major problem with writers and our work is that we become unbelievably attached to it. (At least most of the time.) This makes it incredibly difficult to look at our works objectively, to see what we meant to do versus what we actually did.
I would love for my writing to be similar, in some ways, to my favorite authors, but I can’t do that on my own.
I can’t tell you if my writing flows, sounds, or mimics my favorite authors in any way. But I don’t want to be exactly like them. I want my writing voice to be different.
I would love if my writing can make you feel the rollercoaster of emotion that John Green’s newest book, The Fault in Our Stars, does. But I’m not you, so I can’t know that.
What I’m trying to say, is this:
You’re asking the wrong person. Ask my readers.
But I’d appreciate it if you told me what they say. There’s always room for improvement.