I poked around, didn’t see a thing asking this specific question. Also, the… topic title may be a tad vague… Thus…
When it comes to films, you can generally tell when you’re watching certain directors’ pictures - once you’ve seen one Wes Anderson flick, you’ll likely recognize others of his body of work even if you miss his name on the DVD case/in the credits. Same with Kubrick, Tarantino, so on.
As a writer, what is it you want people to most recognize about your work - the thing that, even if the cover and front pages of a book are ripped off or muddied up - because you’ve written and published a best seller in this example, you awesome author, you - people’ll go “oh, yeah, that’s definitely by this author?”
I suppose another word for what I’m looking for could be ~style~ but that’s a very broad term and… doesn’t quite express what I’m trying to get at. Maybe another way to ask would be “what’s the favorite thing about your style that makes it yours?”
If it helps to clarify things any… my thing would be word play. Not even the good kind - I want my jokes and such to be the type that might get a chuckle upon reading and then promptly forgotten… until the reader is about to fall asleep and then bam. They remember that pun and decide that they hate me.
So, yeah. Your writerly thing. What do you want it to be? What do you think it is? Y’know, if that other question’s a bit too… out there.