I came across an interesting article about forensic linguistics–a technique used to identify a writer’s style–in light of J. K. Rowling’s use of a pseudonym. As a fiction writer, I like to think my style varies from piece to piece, to fit the voice of the story. But does it? Something (else) to ponder!
I came across this still timely quote the other day.
Writing ought either to be the manufacture of stories for which there is a market demand—a business as safe and commendable as making soap or breakfast foods—or it should be an art, which is always a search for something for which there is no market demand, something new and untried, where the values are intrinsic and have nothing to do with standardized values.
– Willa Sibert Cather, 1873-1947