In a writing workshop yesterday, we did a free write to the prompt: Writing is as difficult as ...
The purpose was to reveal our natural diction. In seven minutes, my words, according to L. McKenna Donovan, revealed:
I write about relationships.
I write in the abstract.
My themes are absolute.
I write like a person in her 20s with experience beyond that age. (Translate: I cuss. Probably lean toward sarcasm.)
Now, to be a better writer, the idea is to *not* write characters using your natural diction because they aren't you. Okay, fair enough. I'll work on it.
BTW, if you want to know what I wrote, I might consider emailing that directly, if you ask nicely. I'm not posting it here.