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#WritingWednesday: What makes me different…


Growing up in a religious family, always attending church and special events, and then having my father answer his calling as a preacher… I feel having this background almost “forces” me to keep things clean. I don’t mean that in a bad sense. I just feel my stories can be told without constant adult language or scenes. (Please note, those types of books do not offend me in anyway. I still read them and usually enjoy them. This is just my preference in terms of writing.) I want my writing to reach multiple generations because I think everyone can enjoy a beautiful love story.

I enjoy realism in a story. Something that allows the reader to connect with the characters, to put themselves in their shoes. I try to bring that to my writing. I make the characters relatable and believable. I write about struggles people go through, emotions that people feel throughout their lives, the good and the bad.

I don’t pay attention to word count. I do in the sense to see what I’m going to end up with – a short story, a novel, somewhere in between. I let the story write itself without the worry of “Oh, I need 10k more words!” I don’t need that kind of pressure. Writing is stressful enough!

What makes you unique? What makes your writing stand out? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below.


8 thoughts on “#WritingWednesday: What makes me different…”

  1. The Oscar Wilde quote is a beautiful reminder. We are all products of our upbringing, ideals, and things we’ve learned throughout a lifetime. What I think sets me apart from other writers is my ability to convey believable dialog between characters. When I’m writing, I can hear their voices in my head and I write exactly what they’re saying. I also try to include some sort of “life” message in my stories. I have found that I can’t write just to be writing. I must have a purpose. 🙂 Great topic, Mar!! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Great post, Marlena:) I love knowing what shapes your writing. I’m with you when it comes to word count. One thing that is in all my stories is hope, no matter how dark it gets. I won’t publish something where there isn’t a glimmer.

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