“Be warned. This book has no literary merit whatsoever. It it a lurid piece of nonsense, convoluted, implausible, peopled by unconvincing characters, written in drearily pedestrian prose, frequently ridiculous and wilfully bizarre. Needless to say, I doubt you’ll believe a word of it.” (
Elements of Writing Style
- Writing style can be defined as the way a writer writes.
- Writing style is the technique a writer uses in his/her writing.
- Writing style has both objective and subjective elements and varies from writer to writer.
- Writing style depends upon syntax, word choice, and tone and can be described as the voice an audience hears.
- Writing style is an expression of thought in ways characteristic of an individual, period, school, or nation.
- Writing style can be describe as the relationship between writer and reader.
- Writing style can reflect writers habits.
- Writing style exceeds the essential elements of spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
- Writing style is word, sentence and paragraph structure and used to convey the meaning effectively.
- The rules are about what a writer does and style is about how the writer does it.
- A writer has flexibility in how to express an idea.
- Writing style is how the writer conveys a message to the audience as simply, clearly, and convincingly as possible.
- Writing style holds the audience attention and keeps the audience engaged and interested in the message.
- Writing style is not intended to display the writer’s personality or showcase the writer’s skills, knowledge, or abilities.
- Writing style is not about the writer but rather about the message in relationship to the audience.
Traditional Elements of Writing Style
Expository or Argumentative Style
What do we mean by style?
“Have you ever wondered what your instructors mean when they write “wordy” or “awk” in the margins of your paper? Do you sometimes sense that your sentences could be stronger, clearer, shorter, or more effective? Do you often feel that you know what you mean but do not know how to say it? If you sometimes get feedback from your instructors that you need to “tighten your prose” or “look at your word choice,” you may need to work on your writing style—the way you put together a sentence or group of sentences.” (The Writing Center)