I made a stark realization about myself last week. See, I did a post on The Unnameables, a fantastic book, and the agent who sold the book, Kate Schafer, quoted from my blog. What'd she quote?
"Holy blazes, the woman knows how to use words the right way."
I almost died.
Here's why: (OMGOSH, I'M DOING IT RIGHT NOW!)
I realized from that quote that the writing style and voice from my novel had bled into my blog post. And it's not the first time.
My ten-word Tuesday post contained the same style. As did that "Here's why:" up there.
Now that I'm aware of the problem, I realize I've been doing it for months. Whenever I'm writing, the style and voice creep into ALL my writing. This blog. My chats (sorry guys!!). My tweets. Facebook updates.
Holy blazes! (DANGITALL!)
See, my (OH. MY. HECK.) MC says "blazes" and "blazing" as a curse word. I find myself saying it out loud now. And, she starts sentences with "See," to explain things to the reader (OH FREAK. I DID IT IN THE SECOND SENTENCE OF THIS VERY POST!). And I use the writing style like Problem: the tattoo flowed over his face. with the colon and everything.
That's it. I can't write blog posts anymore.
Holy tornadoes, (ACK!) tell me you guys do this too! Does your character voice and writing style sneak into your other writing? Your freaking conversations??
**Note: When I was revising CI, most of my blog posts started with "Yeah," something characteristic of that novel. Shoot me. Shoot me now.