when it comes to style – the pieces that define artistic expression – writing has libraries worth of books on the subject. i recommend stephen king’s ON WRITING.
when it comes to my personal style, in an age past a necessity for handwriting but from a time before crossing that singularity, i believe in a visual signature. the structure of sentences, paragraphs, and pages all come together to give the reader a sense of the writer’s voice. of course, context also plays a huge role: short- or long-form, poetry or prose, tweet or blog.
and we live in a time with exposure to more styles than ever, distributed more readily and with less censorship, rendering grammar laws obsolete.
obsolete, but not dead.
i’ll save a post about the inherent racism, sexism, and classism of policing language for a dedicated space (and it will come up a lot), and for this post just talk about the elements of style that make up my writing (and, therefore, the voice of scaryridge).
i’m sure most readers will have noticed that scaryridge content is written in minuscule (lowercase). this is a statement on those listed topics of oppression; a reclamation of the written (and typed) word by a world of informality; a shunning of those who look first for adherence to code. this is a dialect of internet and texting; a choice to be a part of a shifting language; a breaking out of the box.
the one exception to this rule is with titles, such as with our upcoming project, THE VIOLET SANCTION, or king’s book, above. i’ve used underlined majuscule (uppercase) to draw the eye and highlight pieces that i recommend, encourage others to look into, or have drawn inspiration from. i also tag these references, as they’re likely to come up again.
italics signals thematic writing, flavor text, direct story content, or quotes from cited materials.
bold highlights features, adds definition, or provides clarity.
speaking of which, i believe grammar and syntax serve one purpose: to provide clarity. language is an evolving art form, often weighed down by too many rules and constraints and laws. when the audience understands the message, it is successful.
and because of all this, i believe resolutely in the oxford comma. it never obfuscates intent, whereas its absence spawns endless memes.
everything else? just trappings of oppression meant to gatekeep the tools of power.
break the rules. your voice doesn’t have capital letters, anyway.