Thursday, February 25, 2010


I recently read that you can identify a writer by his/her choices in paragraphing.

The choices - where to begin, where to end, and what to include within the paragraph - are said to follow a writer throughout his/her career.

I found this fascinating and was intriguing. I pulled out two books by two different authors and in deed there were distinct difference between the two.

Other aspects that can identify a writer are his choice of words and her sentence structure.

Each writer has a fingerprint left upon their works.

I'm sure this is old news to some. I've heard the comments on this made in the past, but never looked into it. I feel as if I've gained a little knowledge by becoming more aware of this aspect of writing.


Aubrie said...

I'm getting better at making paragraphs that have one consistent flow of ideas, but at first I think I was a little random in where I would start and end. I love the idea of a writer fingerprint!

Anonymous said...

I believe I have also followed this pattern.

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Anonymous said...


Thanks for the mention.

Terry W. Ervin II said...

Paragraphing, I think, isn't as unique as sentence structure/patterns used, but it is a way that one writer sets himself/herself apart from other authors.

Kim Smith said...

Wow that's interesting... wonder what mine is like? I never thought about this before!

Anonymous said...

Terry, I believe it all comes to gather to mark us as individuals.

Kim, I had not thought of it either. I was listening to the book "Read Like a Writer", I found this to be the most interesting chapter of the book. Although the others were also eye openers.

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