On the other hand it's perfectly possible to strive for this:
Are you scared yet?
But I don't actually want to get into a long debate about prose styles today. I want to know about you.
What does your writing look like? What do you want it to look like? And do the two match yet? Do you think you're trying to write against your grain because of advice you've received? Or do you try to let your creative brain take over completely and do what's natural? Are you happy with your prose?
For myself, I think I'd like my writing to look like this:
with a bit of this:
and maybe some of this:
But I'll admit, I'm NOWHERE near there yet. I know I've got a long way to go and the only way to get there is practice, practice, practice. (Just one reason I like joining blogfests that make me write something. The challenge really stretches my writing muscles.) I may have a long way to go to get where I want to be (and since I'm a perfectionist I'm not exactly making it easy on myself. See photos above) but I know that I am making progress every time I sit down an write. That thought makes me happy and keeps me going. As well as the encouragement I've received here every time I post something I've written. (Writing bloggers rock!) One day I'll have Sophia Loren writing. I just know it.
So how about you? Feel free to make your own post on the subject if you want to include hot pictures. ;)