“Don’t forget—no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.” -Charles de Lint
Charles de Lint has an extremely good point. A lot of new authors forget this. They feel like they must fit into the stereotypes of their genres and they must copy the style of famous stories and best-selling authors. That is a complete lie. Now, I am not saying to not learn from these stories and authors. Absolutely not. You should learn from them. That’s the foundation of your story going from average to absolutely amazing. Learning is always good. You should learn. Following their style and fitting yourself into their mold without adding your own flavor to your writing is wrong. No one gets to know the real you. They miss out on an important part your story.
Your story will always be yours. No one else can see into your head. No one else can ever write the stories you can. You have your own unique imagination and your own style. Don’t be scared to let it show. Learn as much as you can from the best-sellers and their authors. But do not copy their style. Let your own flavor come through.
Instead of being Strawberry ice cream be Neapolitan. Write your own awesome stories. Be amazing. Be you. Be unique.