Writing style is what makes each writer unique
Writing style is what makes each writer unique. Obviously there are not enough writing styles that every author can have an absolutely unique style, but every author will have a particular tone to their writing that will make it distinguishable from someone else’s tone.
An author will also have a different tone for different types of writing. For instance writing for the internet, children’s books, cookery books and a novel would each require a different style, but it is not inconceivable that one author would write a book in more than one category.
The writing style should fit the context, purpose, and audience of each project and by choosing certain words, sentence structures and flow of words the writer will develop a voice.
Style is not only for writers such as P.G. Wodehouse, F. Scott Fitzgerald and James Joyce who are well known for their distinctive writing styles but also for journalists, historians and all other informational writers. Another famous writer to add to this list is e.e. cummings who never used capital letters in his writing, including when spelling his name.
Elements of writing style
There are three main elements of writing that contribute to an author’s style:
• Word choice
• Sentence fluency
1) Your writing should be concise so you should choose the exact word to convey meaning
2) Use adjectives sparingly and adverbs rarely. Let nouns and verbs do the work
3) Chose words that contribute to the flow of a sentence. Construct sentences that roll off the tongue and make reading easy
4) Use romantic or long words (languorous, pearlescent, meandering) to slow down the pace
5) For a feel of adventure use staccato words to give an impression of haste
6) Use short breathy words to calm down and provide a more more dreamy feeling
7) Long sentences using descriptive words will expose readers to unfolding scene
8) To instil a sense of urgency use short sentences. Words should be quick-fire with no commas
1) Sentence fluency is the flow and rhythm of phrases and sentences making them easy to read
2) Vary sentence structures to achieve different effects and avoid monotony
3) Arrange ideas within a sentence for greater effect by choosing your words carefully, delete extraneous words and making vague words more specific
1) Voice is an essential element of style as it reveals the writer’s personality
2) Voice conveys feeling and is aimed at the audience of the work
3) Some of the feelings conveyed can be authoritative, reflective, objective, passionate, serious, funny, impersonal or chatty.
There are also four different types of writing:
• Expository writing
• Descriptive writing
• Persuasive Writing
• Narrative Writing
For each of these types of writing you would use a different style of writing which would fit in with the feel of the document as follows:
Expository or Argumentative style:
1) Subject-oriented style.
2) Author does not express own opinion on the topic
3) Furnishes relevant facts and figures
4) Found in text books, instruction manuals and ‘how to’ articles on the internet
1) The author focuses on describing an event, character or a place in detail
2) Often poetic in nature and describes an event, object or person
3) Usually incorporates sensory details.
1) The writer uses persuasion to win the reader over to his point of view
2) It contains the opinions, bias and justification of the author
3) Advertising copywriting is a type of persuasive writing,
1) The author narrates the story as if he were the character
2) Narratives are works that provide an account of connected events
3) It is used for novels, dramas, short stories, poetry, etc.
Developing your writing style is a unique art that requires a lot imagination, creativity and dedication. With practice you can write about any topic and present your work to readers in a way that will have them hanging on every word.