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.

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