Writing Styles

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.” (Jonathan Barnes)


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.

(Literary Devices) (Wikipedia)


Traditional Elements of Writing Style

  • Expository or Argumentative Style

  • Descriptive Style

  • Persuasive Style

  • Narrative Style

(Literary Devices)


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)

“Don’t go into great detail describing places and things, unless you’re ­Margaret Atwood and can paint scenes with language. You don’t want descriptions that bring the action, the flow of the story, to a standstill.” (Elmore Leonard, Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing)

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