Writing Styles, What are they and Why are they Important

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 style.

Expository writing’s main purpose is to explain. 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. This is most commonly used in essays, articles, and textbooks.

Descriptive writing’s main purpose is to describe. It is a style of writing that focuses on describing a character, an event, or a place in great detail.

Persuasive writing’s main purpose is to convince. Unlike expository writing, persuasive writing contains the opinions and biases of the author. To convince others to agree with the author’s point of view, persuasive writing contains justifications and reasons.

Narrative writing’s main purpose is to tell a story. The author will create different characters and tell you what happens to them (sometimes the author writes from the point of view of one of the characters—this is known as first-person narration).

Specific genres can dictate what style is being used in each text. But today in modern writing styles are very often blended to suit the authors’ needs while building his or her story. Every authors’ writing style will develop as the author does. Many authors will try to force style into their writing by being “extra extra” descriptive or artsy. This is where bad habits are formed. Your style should be allowed to develop naturally.

Your writing style is essentially how well you tell your story. Just remember when you are forming your stories keep it as it comes. Don’t force it. Write and re-write it.

Remember to check out JourStarr  FREE New Author’s Writing Guide.

In A World That’s Stranger Than Fiction, Are Americans Still Reading Books? (via HuffPost)

Publishers claim Trump In the Trump era, it feels like book publishing is under siege. But is it really?

Since the November election, the majority of the publishing world ― a mostly white, mostly liberal crowd ― has been reeling, and not just because the Donald Trump presidency goes against the vaunted egalitarian principles of intellectual tastemakers. In The New Republic recently, Morgan Jerkins reported that many authors, editors and booksellers have noticed a significant slump in the market, which many blame on the current administration.

“The disastrous and almost comically incompetent Trump presidency has both frightened the reading market away from popular books and functioned as a kind of mass entertainment with which it is difficult to compete,” she wrote.

But what are readers actually experiencing? Are they reading less and spending more time on activism? According to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, the answer to that is complicated, but it suggests that Trump’s rise has done little to substantially shift the habits of readers. is affecting book sales. The reality might be more complicated.

Nicolas Rapold, editor of “Film Comment” and organizer of the screening of George Orwell’s “1984” novel, holds the novel before the screening at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York, U.S., April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Source: Huffpost https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/is-donald-trump-really-making-us-read-fewer-books_us_599df02ce4b0821444c09106