Once a reader identifies a style they enjoy, they are more likely to go back over and over, and also look for other writers who share a similar style of writing. Look for stories from established writers who share a similar style to yours. Do you have a simple but dramatic style like John Grisham? Or maybe a witty and educated style like Zadie Smith? Perhaps you have the ability to reach out to young people in the way of J K Rowling, or nail a romance like Danielle Steele?
I am not suggesting you should be as good as these authors when you first begin, but by identifying the style you aim to achieve you know your outcome when it comes time for producing your book. You can model yourself on these people instead of trying to re-invent the wheel. Of course we wouldn’t just mimic other writers (and this would be noticeable to our readers), but you can study the basis of their writing which gives you a good starting point. Then you can weave your own personality within.
Reading these novels continually puts the tone into your subconscious. By doing this your style doesn’t jump around all over the place – going from intelligent and quirky, to romantic and dramatic at every turn of the page. Your audiences choose your stories because they expect a particular style, don’t try to show off everything in the one go, as you will make things more difficult on the reader to stay tuned.
Creating your own style requires practice. By writing as often as you can … about anything and everything … you will develop a natural and organic style which is true to yourself. The more you write the more you will begin to see your natural tone emerging, and you will discover your strengths.
To expose your best style, write freely and naturally in your first drafts. When writing a novel always pick topics and characters that mean something to you, intellectually, or even better, emotionally. This will make sure your writing is sincere, rings true to your readers, and most importantly, highlights the very best of the artist within, as we all have our own unique, distinct styles of writing.