Contrast In Writing by Prudence Hayes

Being that I am a newbie in the writing world, I am still in the process of finding my own style; the way that I write to differ myself from everyone else and solidify myself as an individual. I have not perfected this yet, but I am slowly finding my way.

But along the way of finding who I am as a writer, I am finding out more and more about myself personally. A major aspect about me that I have found out is that I like contrast. It rings true in a lot of things in my life, but it is very apparent in my writing.

In my writings, I tend to jump from something that is emotionally traumatic making the reader sad or miserable and then jump to something funny in the next page or so making the reader laugh or crack a smile. Or, at least that is what I hope I do…

I don’t believe I do it on purpose, though; it is just how it forms in my head and leaks out onto paper, probably because the saying, “write what you know” is true. I write a lot about emotions and mental issues. I am an internally emotional person and have dealt with a lot of things with the help of humor. So, it is only natural for me to form stories in my head that way.

I hope I keep this aspect with me along the way of finding my true style because I think it keeps it interesting and natural.
From tears to giggles, anger to happiness, grief to euphoria; it’s the contrast that I find appealing.

What’s In A Name by Prudence Hayes

Some people use a pen name and some people don’t. I do. Prudence Hayes is not my true name that my mom gave me. It is merely my pen name. A name I use to give myself the confidence I need to put my books out there. To be honest, if I didn’t have a pen name my words wouldn’t form into books. My stories would still be hidden away in my spiral notebooks under my bed. I can shyly hide behind it and become Prudence for the world to see.
The process of picking it was all quite simple. ‘Prudence’ came from one of my favorite songs, “Dear Prudence” by The Beatles and ‘Hayes’ is my Me-mom’s maiden name. I put them together and it just clicked.
I began using it when I was writing my first book “Back into the Sunshine”. That book was my ‘coming out party’ in a way. You see, my family had no clue that I loved to write. I have always hidden that fact along with my feelings and built up emotions. I wrote that book as a venting mechanism and when I was done I was frightened at the thought of them reading it. So, my plan was to pick a pen name, write it and never speak about the book. No one was going to know about it. And, no one did until I finally worked up the nerve to bite the bullet and tell them.
The name has stuck with me. In the writing world, I will forever be known as Prudence. Every book and story will be branded with my alter ego and I am fine with that because I feel more like Prudence Hayes than the other me most of the time.

Good Writing Is In The Eye Of The Beholder by Prudence Hayes

I will not deny that I don’t handle criticism well, especially in my writing.  Outwardly, I say ‘okay’, but inward there are flames galore and my heart is twisted in knots.  I have a few reviews on Amazon for my book and most are great. There is one, though, that has been chasing me ever since it was posted.  It’s like someone holding a chalkboard in their hands and following me throughout the day dragging their long nails across it.  I try and push it far back in my mind, but it has the strength to pop up and show its appearance at the most inopportune times.  Typically, it’s when I’m writing, which I then, throw my pen across the room and a downward spiral is kick started, during which I tell myself that I suck. Then, I have to talk myself off a ledge and push that bad review to the way back again.  I know; I’m a mess.

During my crisis negotiations with myself, I constantly say that good writing is in the eye of the beholder.  Just because this one person doesn’t like my writing doesn’t mean that it is horrible, it just means he doesn’t like my style.  There have been plenty of books that have been between my hands and I have had to place them right back on the shelf because I couldn’t get through them. We all have different ways in writing. If I wrote like you, I wouldn’t be me and my books would be yours not mine. 

There will be a day when a professional editor will read my books and they will probably have a field day.   I will try and take the constructive criticism in stride, even though I will be fuming inside.  I will take all the editing help that is thrown my way, commas and punctuation are a pain in my a**, but what I refuse to do is eliminate myself from my writing.  I don’t want to disappear in words that aren’t really mine and I don’t want those words to come out the way that they weren’t intended to by me. 

To some, it may be overly wordy and extensively adjective-infused writing and to others it is poetic and beautiful.

To some, it may be stark and bland and to others it is concise and to the point.  It all depends on the beholder of the book.  To each his own, I say to that bad reviewer.