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Do you copy your favorite authors?

Do you mimic passages from your favorite authors?  Here’s a link to a Write To Done post I heartily agree with and that advocates doing just that.


I think some of us worry too much about originality and a unique voice.Your own recognizable and mature voice comes from a lot of writing–miles of digital paper. That and only that. Write enough and your own unique voice is inevitable.

Meanwhile, learning some stylistic ways and means from your favorite authors and copying the ones you particularly like can provide you with a few potentially-quantum boosts on the learning trail.

It will not– repeat: will not–damage your originality, even if you slavishly copy another’s words, word for word for a time. Even then, with time, your own personalilty will have its way. You’ll wind up writing like you.

It’s a good article, Check it out.