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No one is born a phenomenal writer; it takes time and practice to become someone who is excellent with words and who has developed their own writing style. In the meantime, a writer-to-be can learn from the best examples of phenomenal writing, the writers of the past who are still taking our breaths away with their outstanding ability to draw us into their worlds. Of course, every writer out there wants to be special, to have their own unique sense of writing and be recognizable for that.

That is still not an excuse to read other writers’ work. To read means to become an exceptional author yourself, because other people’s words resonate differently in every individual’s mind. 

Therefore, if you are someone who is creative, and wants to improve their writing skills to work at PapersOwl UK, or come up with a unique writing style, then you’re in the right place. Regardless of whether you’re going through a writer's block, or you simply want to progress, reading is always the best solution. So, in order to help out our fellow writers of the world, we’ve come up with a list of authors and their works known for phenomenal wordings and out-of-this-world writing styles. 

Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

The man himself, Ernest Hemingway is an indispensable name in the history of the written word. Hemingway is one of the most well-known authors ever to walk this planet, and to this day, continues to influence people around the world. And of course, Hemingway continues to influence and inspire the writers of the future, with his exceptionally concise and objective prose. A Farewell to Arms is also Hemingway’s best work, which I would always recommend to anyone trying out creative writing. The novel is the epitome of all things considering the Hemingway writing style, from the extensive use of juxtaposition to the most unexpected twists and endings. 

A Farewell to Arms is a novel that came out of World War I, and to this day is probably the only novel that captures and grasps accurately what this war in reality was. This piece of prose manages to present the life of the protagonist Frederic Henry in the darkest, most unadorned way possible. Hemingway succeeded in his attempt to lure us into such a saddening string of events, only to show us the ease and beauty with which he describes and lays out a story. Probably because of his past in journalism, we can see in A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway being heavily influenced by the informative, descriptive and symbolic language, which further proves that even the most celebrated writers were influenced by something.

James Joyce, Finnegan’s Wake 

Just as Hemingway is American pride and joy, James Joyce is the same for Ireland. Joyce is known worldwide for his experimental style, which has made him the primary influence in the modernist avant-garde writing movement of the early 20th century. His writing style usually relies heavily on the elaborate stream-of-consciousness, which many readers find hard to follow. The style is characterized by an in-depth recount of every single thought and action of the narrator in the novel known as Ulysses. However, Finnegan’s Wake is recognized as one of the most challenging books ever written, which makes it utterly unique in the world of the written word.  

According to Barnes & Noble, Jamey Joyce is famously a challenging writer, but that shouldn’t scare the readers away, especially if the readers are looking into becoming writers themselves. While Ulysses can be enjoyed on a superficial level due to the use of understandable words and structures, Finnegan’s Wake is simply a league on its own. It will be hard to understand anything in the novel, but still, it is a must-read for any serious writer out there. You can be sure to at least expand your vocabulary and sentence structure skills to the max. Just take a look at Finnegan’s Wake’s opening sentence: “riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.”, and bear in mind that this sentence is probably the most easily understood in the whole novel.

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Mary Shelley was undoubtedly a brilliant writer. Surrounded by brilliant writers herself, like her mother Mary Wollstonecraft, or her husband Percy B. Shelley, she managed to blossom in one of the most famous and most important female writers of all time. No wonder her writing style was heavily influenced by romanticism, as she did spend her time by her husband’s side, observing his writing. In addition to romanticism, Mary also added a touch of the Gothic literature, only to create a masterpiece known as Frankenstein.

Her writing style in Frankenstein is beyond fascinating. Shelley has shown her exquisite and beautiful word manipulation and an endlessly eloquent language. The narrative point of the novel is so concise that the majority of her readership tends to forget that Robert Walton is the true singular narrator. Frankenstein is a frame story, a narrative within a narrative, a story that begins and ends in the same place. Shelley wrote in accordance with her emotions, from fear and sadness to the feelings she couldn’t even comprehend. One could say that she was a master when it comes to dealing with emotions and the sense of unfamiliar, strange and the familiar self. Therefore, any serious writer out there should grab this novel as soon as possible and dive in Shelley’s world wholly and entirely. There is a lot to learn, but also a lot to experience.

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