Login here for access. Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course. Login or Sign up. Writing style is much like any other type of style in that it helps us express who we are. It is how the writer chooses to express himself or herself through writing.
A little vague, right? Well, let's look at personal style for comparison. Each person has their own personal fashion style, whether they mean to or not. The clothes and accessories that we choose to wear each day can define personal style. If someone throws on a T-shirt and jeans with some old flip flops, they are expressing a casual and laid back style.
On the other hand, if someone chooses a button-down shirt and leather shoes, they are showing the world that they mean business. The same goes for writing. So, should we start wearing leather shoes while we write? It could make it interesting, but no. That's not the point. Just like clothes, writing can express a specific style. There are four main types of writing - expository, persuasive, descriptive, and narrative - and each one has a specific style.
Expository writing is a general category that includes all types of essays with the exception of persuasive essays. The main purpose of expository writing is to explain a concept or idea while including details for support. Such writing is usually based on a subject and therefore requires facts, not opinions, for examples and supportive detail. This type of writing is generally used in textbooks or 'how to' articles and essays.
As such, these essays and articles follow an organized and logical sequence. An expository style of writing is more formal and straightforward, so the casual language or slang that you would use with friends is not acceptable.
Unlike jeans and a T-shirt, this writing is more dressed up. Slightly similar to expository writing, persuasive writing is usually found in article and essay form.
It also relies on specific details and examples for support; however, persuasive writing does not rely heavily on facts. In a persuasive piece, the writer is often expressing an opinion and trying to persuade the audience to do something or to agree with the writer's point of view. It must be clear and concise, but it can also be a bit more forceful and dramatic to help convince the reader. For example, sometimes writers will exaggerate their details to affect the reader in a more emotional way than in an expository essay.
Fiction and poetry are filled with descriptive language, since the purpose is not to inform but to entertain. Someone may read this type of writing to enjoy the beauty of the language and writing itself. Therefore, this style tends to use more adjectives and adverbs, as well as figurative language and imagery, to create detail that allows the reader to envision the scenery and events in their minds.
Like descriptive writing, narrative writing aims to entertain the reader; however, instead of trying to entertain the reader with the beauty of its language, the writer is trying to tell a story. If an author adopts an expository writing style to tell a story, the author can quickly bore the reader. Narrative writing will use more descriptive language and imagery, because the author wants the reader to imagine the characters, scenes, and setting in order to become part of the story's world and to connect to its plot.
Narrative writers can also change their style depending on the type of story. For example, if a writer wants to create a suspenseful story, they might use short, choppy sentences to build up to the most exciting moment. Therefore, the genre or category of the narrative can influence the style of writing as well.
In Savage Inequalities , Jonathan Kozol examines public education in our country and explains the negative role that socio-economic background has on teaching America's children. Here, he discusses East St. Louis - which the local press refers to as 'an inner city without an outer city' - has some of the sickest children in America. Of 66 cities in Illinois, East St. Louis ranks first in fetal death, first in premature birth, and third in infant death.
Since his purpose is to inform as well as to persuade the reader, he is going to use clear and concise language, as well as including facts and examples to support his ideas. In The Bluest Eye , she describes a setting:. Get access risk-free for 30 days, just create an account.
It does not recede into its background of leaden sky, nor harmonize with the gray frame houses and black telephone poles around it. Rather, it foists itself on the eye of the passerby in a manner that is both irritating and melancholy. Visitors who drive to this tiny town wonder why it has not been torn down, while pedestrians, who are residents of the neighborhood, simply look away when they pass it.
Since Morrison is telling a story, she can take the time to describe a scene or setting in the novel. She uses descriptive details like colors black, gray and emotions melancholy, irritating to create vivid imagery for the reader to imagine and become part of the setting. In comparison, Kozol does not describe in detail what East St. Louis looks like, because that is not his purpose. Since he is trying to inform us of a problem affecting the children of the city, too much description and imagery about the city would distract the reader from the information that Kozol wants us to attain.
The audience is comprised of readers, and the purpose is what you are trying to accomplish as a writer. Just like fashion style may change depending on the audience or purpose for the day, so does writing style. Someone would not show up to a business meeting in flip flops and jeans because the audience is comprised of professionals and the purpose is to be taken seriously.
Likewise, with expository or persuasive pieces, writers want their audiences to take them seriously and believe their facts and details, because the purpose is to inform or to convince. Therefore, the style has to be concise, clear, and straight to the point. Descriptive, flowery language would distract the reader from the purpose, which is to inform. On the flip side, if a writer is trying to describe the main setting in a short story, they don't want to start spouting facts and statistics about the changes that have occurred in the town's population and the weather patterns over the last decade because the audience will become confused and probably bored.
Unless it is directly related to the characters or main plot in the story, that information will not help the reader imagine the setting, but it will distract from the story.
Therefore, the style of a piece of writing is vital in determining the author's main objective as well as what type of writing one is trying to accomplish. Writing style is how the writer chooses to express himself or herself through writing. It also relies on specific details and examples for support; however, persuasive writing does not rely heavily on fact. To unlock this lesson you must be a Study. Did you know… We have over college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1, colleges and universities.
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What is Writing Style? Many people struggle to answer this question, because the answer can be vague. By evaluating several main types of writing and examples of each, we will try to answer this elusive question.
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These are the four different types of writing that are generally used. There are many sub-types of writing that may fall in any of those categories. A writer must know all these styles in order to identify the purpose of his or her own writing and make sure it's something the audience wants to read. Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. It was really useful! Thanks for sharing your information.
I hope it will help me in my FCE exam. At the risk of needing forgiveness, I thought Elmore's comments in this blog were interesting. Here is what an editor might have done. I've never thought about general basic writing styles. I look to understand an article. If an article's description is too wordy, it becomes difficult to read and grasp. If you can say it in 10 words, use 10 words. This is communication efficiency. Some writers would rather try to impress you with complicated words as opposed to simply communicating an idea or concept.
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Here are the categories and their definitions: Usually explains something in a process. Is often equipped with facts and figures. Is usually in a logical order and sequence. News stories not including opinion or editorial pieces. Business, technical, or scientific writing. In good descriptive writing, the author will not just say: It is often poetic in nature It describes places, people, events, situations, or locations in a highly-detailed manner. The author visualizes what he or she sees, hears, tastes, smells, and feels.
Poetry Journal or diary writing Nature writing Descriptive passages in fiction Example: Persuasive writing is equipped with reasons, arguments, and justifications. In persuasive writing, the author takes a stand and asks you to agree with his or her point of view.
It often asks for readers to do something about the situation this is called a call-to-action. Opinion and editorial newspaper pieces. Reviews of books, music, movie, restaurants, etc. A person tells a story or event. Has characters and dialogue. Has definite and logical beginnings, intervals, and endings. Often has situations like actions, motivational events, and disputes or conflicts with their eventual solutions. Conclusion These are the four different types of writing that are generally used.
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Style Definition of Style. The style in writing can be defined as the way a writer writes. Types of Style. There are four basic literary styles used in writing. Short Examples of Style in Sentences. If it sounds like I’m writing, then I prefer to rewrite it. Examples of Style in Literature. "The pleasures of the imagination, taken in their full extent.
Video: Style in Literature: Definition, Types & Examples In this lesson, you'll learn what style means in literature and how to identify the four most popular writing styles.
Aug 31, · It is a subject-oriented writing style, in which authors focus on telling you about a given topic or subject without voicing their personal opinions. These types of essays or articles furnish you with relevant facts and figures but do Reviews: There are four main types of writing: expository, descriptive, persuasive, and narrative. Each of these writing styles is used for a specific purpose. A single text may include more than one writing style.
In literature, style comprises many literary devices that authors employ to create a distinct feel for a work. Some types of writing are required to have a certain style, such as academic or journalistic writing. Authors are often known for their distinct styles, such as the direct and simple style of Ernest Hemingway or the stream of. In literature, writing style is the manner of expressing thought in language characteristic of an individual, period, school, or nation. Thus, style is a term that may refer, at one and the same time, to both conventions that go beyond the individual writer and to singular aspects of individual writing.