One Internet hit likened style to POV; another source listed various genres as if style was synonymous with genre. Yet another source stated that using proper grammar was the key to having a good style (ya think that’s necessary, do ya?), and another talked of increasing your creativity through figurative speech (I’ll be damned!). The lack of a cohesive definition had me wondering if another source would refer to style as font.
In short, I don’t think anyone has a definition of writing style.
If two police detectives, partners, are discussing the case, they can interact in a staccato of dialogue—finishing each other’s sentences, interrupting or sparking ideas in each other. A seventeenth-century character has slower, more elegant speech un-bastardized by modern slang (although he may have a few belonging to his own time) or mechanization. My main character, a contemporary American woman in her early thirties, thinks in simple declarative sentences stating her logic while revealing her emotion in her actions. She can be terse when under duress.
My writing “style” isn’t mine so much as my character’s voice that includes attitudes, thought patterns and rhythm. If that is so, then I conclude that the agent didn’t like my characters. But I’m not sure if I’ve defined it correctly. How do you define writing style?