SHORT: Does Our Writing Define Who We Are?

Nicholas Lucchetto
The ESSAYER
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A lot of the authors and poets I know from the books I’ve read have a specific writing style. From science fiction to mystery to contemporary, everyone has their own favorite genre. Of course, this doesn’t mean we have to stick with that one forever. As explained in my Adaptation and Experimenting post, the writing process has the possibility to evolve, just like all living things. Keeping this in mind, should we judge someone’s personality based on their writing? Do the short stories or long essays we tirelessly produce define who we are?

In my opinion, the answer to this question starts at your personal taste. What you like, what you do, and what you want to do are all influenced by who you are and how you act, and vice-versa. For example, if you are really passionate about seeing movies, you probably spent a large part of your childhood in the theater. Or if you write stories about strange childhood experiences, you might have had a few of those, as well. It doesn’t always mean so, but being attached to just one subject or activity may have been influenced by one or more life experiences.

Nonetheless, no writer was born to only write about one thing. I used to be kind of into fantasy writing, but as time went on I realized that it wasn’t really my strong suit. Just one reason out of many that focusing on another writing style or even mix-and-matching two or three together is great for any writer.

To wrap it up, wanting to experiment with writing styles or change a tried-and-true practice of yours doesn’t necessarily mean your entire personality has changed in any way. For some people, that wouldn’t be too bad anyway. Although writing can have outside influences, such a free form mean of storytelling is in no way always dependent on the writer’s personal experiences.

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