Writing styles

What Is Your Writing Style

The writing style of a writer is an image of their character. Every writer has a distinct way of approaching their audience. Though, every single piece that a writer imagines, serves a particular purpose. Some write to persuade people and some write to explain how things work.

Four Types Of Writing Styles

There are four different types of writing styles which a writer can use to make a creative piece of work. The four types of writing styles include:

  • Expository
  • Descriptive
  • Persuasive
  • Narrative

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Expository Writing Style

This is one of the four types of writing styles in which an author will try to explain a concept and convey information to a broader audience.

Key Point:

  • It is written in a logical manner using proper sequence
  • The writing style is filled with facts and figures
  • Author normally explains something in a process

Example of Expository Style

The advancements in science and technology have made use of green energy possible. Places where climatic conditions allow, people are capable to use solar energy or wind energy for power. People are now able to harness the energy by the sun by installing solar panels on their homes”.

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Descriptive Writing Style

This type of writing style is often found in fiction, although it can appear in non-fiction as well. With this writing style, the author tries to explain everything in detail. He might use metaphors or other literary devices to describe his impressions.

Key Points:

  • Usually poetic in nature
  • The author explains people, places, and event in a comprehensive way
  • The author imagines the things they see, smell, feel, and observe.

Example of Descriptive Style

Instead of, “The vampire killed his lover”

“The blood-spattered vampire dig his teeth into the delicate skin of his lover and drained the life out of her”.

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Persuasive Writing Style

Persuasive writing includes the views, biases, and explanation of the author. In this style, the writer takes a stance and asks readers to consider their point of view. It is mostly used in academic papers, cover letters, letters of recommendations, and advertisements.

Key Points

  • Equipped with reasons and judgments
  • Call-to-action

Example of Persuasive Style

Children continue to use mobile devices despite the obvious risk to their health. Mobile phones emit a dosage of radiation, which is harmful to the user and cause severe brain damage”

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Narrative Writing Style

This is a type of writing in which the writer sees himself as a character, or not, and describes the story.

Key Points

  • A person tells an event or a story
  • Logical start, interval, and ending
  • Situations like motivating events, disputes or conflicts

Example of Narrative Style

“I don’t think this is the best clue.” said Karen.

“You never used to be such a boy!” responded Orin, opening the door.

Hesitantly, Karen followed.

Cursive Writing Styles

Different handwriting styles are carefully designed and are an effective way of creating letters and numbers. Every style has its own appeal or fits a definite need. The most popular cursive writing styles include:

New American Cursive

This is simple without any kind of manuscript, though, the capital letters such as Z, T, and Q are made like manuscript capital letters.

    Without Tears Cursive

    This is a basic style, lacking a slant, and has a somewhat blocked feel to it.

      Modern Manuscript & Cursive

      This begins with slanted manuscript letters with the intent to change simply to cursive writing style.

        Zaner-Bloser Continuous Stroke

        This style is neither too challenging nor too simple. It was a prevailing handwriting style in the United States.

          Writing Formats

          While looking at different kinds of writing formats, it is critical to remember that a format is different than a style. It is the citation style that is being used within the structure of the writing. The five major writing formats include:

          1. APA –It includes name, year and page number, for example (Smith 2018, p. 24)
          2. MLA – It includes only the last name and page, for example (Smith, 24)
          3. Chicago – It includes footnote which corresponds to actual reference, for example (Smith, 2018, 24)
          4. Turabian – Information in footnotes (Smith, 2018, 24)
          5. IEEE  Same as Chicago, for example, Smith et al [2]

          Powerful Writing Techniques

          Here are some of the most powerful writing techniques which can help you engage your audience. These writing techniques include:

          • Invoke numerous senses
          • Create fascinating and difficult characters
          • Induce strong sentiments
          • Use an ironic character voice
          • Pull the reader into action

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