Every writer has their voice and style that sets their work apart. While the intricacies of style can be complex and diverse there are two elements that consistently contribute to every writing style: Content and Delivery. Let’s explore each of these components.
This forms the essence of what a writer wants to express. Whether it’s a narrative or a profound philosophical argument the ideas serve as the foundation, for the content.
b. Development of Characters and Settings;
In fiction how, writers shape their characters and the worlds they inhabit can establish the tone and style of their piece.
In non-fiction, research and accurate representation are factors. The way a writer approaches sourcing information and presenting it contributes to their style.
d. Emotion and Tone.
The emotional tone is an aspect of any piece whether its melancholic, joyful, cynical or optimistic. Some writers may be recognised for their perspectives while others consistently delve into themes.
a. Language Choice and Vocabulary.
The selection of words ( elaborate, informal or formal) plays a role, in delivering the message effectively.
Different writers employ writing techniques to convey their ideas. Some may choose to use poetic language while others may prefer an uncomplicated approach.
b. Sentence. Rhythm:
Writers have the freedom to craft sentences that’re either lengthy and flowing or short and impactful. The rhythm of the prose can greatly influence the pace and overall atmosphere of the writing.
c. Narrative Voice:
The choice of whether to tell a story from a second- or third-person perspective well as employing an omniscient or limited narrative style can significantly impact the intimacy and breadth of a story. Furthermore, the reliability of the narrator can add layers of complexity.
d. Formatting and Structural Choices;
A writers decisions regarding formatting—such as using stream of consciousness epistolary format or traditional narrative—and how they structure paragraphs and chapters can reveal their style.
e. Use of Literary Devices;
Writers often use metaphors, similes, alliteration or other literary devices to enhance their writing style.
While these categories—Content and Delivery—encompass aspects of writing it is crucial to acknowledge that style is also shaped by how each individual writer blends these elements in their distinctive way.
Two writers may explore themes or concepts yet express them in distinct manners resulting in individualistic styles. As they progress and reflect upon their craft each writer creates a blend of these elements ultimately shaping their unmistakable voice.
Eight Strategies to have an Effective Writing Styles
Sure! Writing is a blend of art and science that can elevate your work by making it more captivating, coherent and impactful. Here are eight effective strategies to help you develop a writing style;
1. Expand Your Reading Horizons;
The more you read, the styles you encounter. This exposure allows you to grasp the subtleties of language and adopt techniques that can influence your unique style.
2. Regular Writing Practice;
Consistency is key. Dedicate time each day even if its just, for journaling to improve your voice and refine your writing style over time.
3. Embrace Sentence Variation;
Incorporate a mix of sentences with complex ones to establish a rhythmic flow that captivates readers.
4. Word Choice;
Every word should have purpose. Avoid jargon, clichés or complicated terms when simpler alternatives suffice. However, don’t shy away from using specific language to add color and engagement, to your prose.
5. Conveying Concisely;
Get to the point by trimming words and phrases while ensuring clarity remains intact.
Here are some tips to enhance your writing.
6. Be direct and engaging by using voice. Of saying “The ball was thrown by the boy ” say “The boy threw the ball.”
7. Remember that writing involves rewriting. Take breaks. Come back, to your draft later for clarity, coherence and style improvements. Editing is where the magic happens so don’t hesitate to cut, rearrange or rewrite sections for flow and clarity.
8. It’s valuable to seek feedback from peers, mentors or editors. They can provide insights. Catch things you might have missed. Embrace criticism as a tool to refine your style and enhance your skills.
Always remember that your writing style is unique to you. While its beneficial to learn from others stay true to your voice. With effort and reflection, over time you’ll develop a style that resonates with readers while effectively conveying your ideas.
David Alssema is a Body Language Expert and Motivational Speaker. As a performer in the personal development industry in Australia he has introduced and created new ways to inspire, motivate and develop individuals.
David Alssema started his training career with companies such as Telstra and Optus Communications, and then developed Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) within workplace training as principal of Paramount Training & Development.
As an author/media consultant on body language and professional development David has influenced workplaces across Australia. He contributes to Media such as The West Australian, ABC Radio, Australian Magazines and other Australia Media Sources.