In my local writing group, we explore the science and art of writing. We examine how other people write, and we take a close and honest look at our own work.
Here are a few lists we drew up to help us better understand ourselves as writers. There was some hilarity when we compared them around the group, but we found the exercise interesting and enlightening.
Here is my own list. It is not finished, but it was what I came up with in one writing session.
CHALLENGE TO MY WRITER FRIENDS: Do the same exercise, post the result on your blog/website/Facebook Page, and let us know.
What adjectives/Adjective groups would you use to describe your writing “voice”?
Identify Recurring Motifs which appear in your work
Following the unknown
Relationships between people (especially man/shadow; woman/light)
Positive personal and social values
Identify Recurring Locations
Planets (whole planet awareness, with individual countries on a secondary level)
Centres of technical enterprise
Centres of political/social power
Centres holding mysteries
Identify Recurring Figures
The Wise Woman
The Likeable Adversary
The Powerful Leader