RAYMOND CRANE ON STYLE

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A review of style factors relating to genre and literary fiction.

Submitted: August 24, 2018

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Submitted: August 24, 2018

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RAYMOND CRANE ON STYLE

 

Genre writers of fictions may be masters or mistresses of their craft and yet know nothing about having a personal style in the writing of fictions in general. They may be well read and have chosen their genre to best suit their personality but the world of genre writing and the world of literary writing rarely coincide. Take a great contemporary literary stylist such as Javier Marias, or an older writer of much fame, Virginia Woolf, or that much acclaimed but perhaps unfashionable but not without great reading pleasure, author, Henry James; these writers predominate with their own personal literary style; they are innovators, not copiers of formulas.

It is imperative to be a successful literary writer, in one’s own terms, or in the view of the critics or the public to be extensively and compulsively a reader of all kinds of written material.

As one progresses as a writer it usually occurs that one becomes set in one’s ways, not to say within a genre. This is the breeding ground of a personal literary style, and this is what all lovers of fine literary writing cherish about their own favourite stylists. Anyone can be a writer, even a writer of fictions and with a little training, a genre writer. It takes a great soul willing to put their personalities, even their very lives in the line of fire where all the world will stand up as one and condemn them if they express one single word without appropriate literary justification to lay down their heart and mind, unified; for one cannot be a literary writer without aligning the two; to express their exceptional passion, the views, the feelings, the hidden beliefs that most of us could not in a thousand years put a single word to.

That is, I cannot justify they who take few risks in order to obtain some instant commercial gain as against they who sacrifice their very existences for the greater eternal good of humanity. In short, my sympathies are towards literary writers and not the most currently fashionable of best sellers. Justice will not reign in my life-time, if ever, and yet I celebrate those brave souls, writers and readers who are willing to step apart from themselves . . . into the unknown, but nevertheless a truer reality than we think appropriate to our everyday existences.  

These days of commercialism bestselling authors employ punctuators, who call themselves editors; it is they and not the writer their self who finely hones their works with all the skills of a specialist. I do all my own editing, and if anyone is to blame for a comer out of place, it is I, myself; without any loss of intended meaning, although it may only be my own distinct sensibility which is in question and not the rules of grammar. – And this I am not willing to sacrifice in order to call myself, commercially professional.

Furthermore, in these days of commercialism, professional reviewers are paid thousands for glamorous favourable reviews, so what hope do I have. I just have to believe in myself.

Thanx – Raymond Crane.


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