ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

4 Styles of Writing: Effective Ways to Use Them as a Content Writer

Updated on June 3, 2020
Arnaba Saha profile image

Arnaba is a professional content writer. She is here to share her experience in impressive and effective writing skills and strategies.


Several factors contribute to your growth as a writer. Becoming a writer is easy but becoming a good writer requires the quality of capturing the attention of your readers. If you cannot grab your reader’s attention then they won't read. If no one is going to read your write-up it won't matter how much hard work you have devoted to your writing. Therefore, always seek the scope for your growth as a writer and nurture your skills.

One of the pivotal elements of writing that can help you evolve as a good writer is the style of writing. There are many ways to write the same thing and each serves its own purpose. Though broadly, there are 4 styles of writing: expository, narrative, persuasive, and descriptive.

Each of these writing styles has a distinct goal and follow a different approach to writing. Whether you are writing an argumentative essay, a column for magazine, poetry, or a novel; practically these four styles of writing together cover all sorts of writing.

In this hub, we will discuss the aim, purpose, and objective of each of the writing styles along with examples and usage.

Let’s get started with the 4 styles of writing that will help you find your writing style as well:

1. Expository Style of Writing

Expository writing focuses on the factual presentation of information. The main objective of this style of writing is to explain subjects or information excluding any form of your personal opinion. Your job is to present facts and information in their purest form without the intention to influence your readers or change their minds. The expository writing style is to-the-point and easy to understand. You can use charts, illustrations, tables figures, quotes, links, citations from sources to explain your points.

Usage of expository writing style:

  • Newspaper and magazine articles
  • Self-help books
  • Textbooks
  • Instruction manuals
  • Non-fiction books
  • Cookbooks
  • Scientific and medical research
  • Business writings
  • Encyclopedia
  • Technical writing
  • Academic journals
  • How-to guide books and articles


Pic 1 : Example of Expository Style of Writing.
Pic 1 : Example of Expository Style of Writing.

2. Persuasive Style of Writing

Persuasive style of writing, as the name suggests, focuses on being persuasive. This style of writing is used to influence the readers to consider the writer’s point of view. The writing style is backed with facts, information and evidence to provide a genuine argument or opinion to the readers. You can use this persuasive writing when you want your reader to take some action or believe in your point. As you want to convince someone of something, you have to do your research and present your arguments in a logical sequence. Don’t hard sell your point rather take an emotional approach to sound more convincing.

Examples of Persuasive Style of Writing:

  • Editorial
  • Advertisement
  • Company Brochures
  • Political Speeches
  • Business Proposal
  • Copywriting
  • Cover Letters
  • Opinion Articles
  • Letters to Editor
  • Book, Movie or Restaurant Reviews
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Speeches
  • Letter of Complaints
  • Critical Analysis
  • Business Ideas


Pic 2 : Example of Persuasive Style of Writing.
Pic 2 : Example of Persuasive Style of Writing.

3. Descriptive Style of Writing

The descriptive style of writing focuses on visualization. You need to describe the characters, events, and places in a detailed manner, which will help your reader to see what you have written. Not only see, but the point is also to describe a scene that allows your readers to experience in terms of all five senses. You can write poetry or simply be poetic in your write-ups by using all the tools of literature ranging from metaphors to alliteration.

Examples of Descriptive Writing Style:

  • Personal Journal
  • Lyrics in songwriting and music
  • Poetry and prose
  • Travel diaries/ travelogue
  • Plays
  • Diary writings
  • Journal writing
  • Novels


Pic 3 : Example of Descriptive Style of Writing.
Pic 3 : Example of Descriptive Style of Writing.

4. Narrative Style of Writing

The narrative writing style is mainly used to tell a story. It is definitely more complex, intricate, and lengthier than descriptive writing. Narrating writing follows two key factors: plot and character. It includes dialogues and descriptive narration to tell a story. A narrative is based on conflicts, themes, plot, and settings. As a content writer, you need to be self- expressive, imaginative, and personal in your approach to your readers. Try to tell a story to make your point.

Examples of Narrative Style of Writing:

  • Novels
  • Biographies
  • Creative non-fiction
  • Magazines
  • Mythology
  • Screenplays
  • Memoirs
  • Epics poems
  • Moral stories/ essays
  • Journal or diaries


Pic 4 : Example of Narrative Style of Writing.
Pic 4 : Example of Narrative Style of Writing.

How to Find Your Writing Style?

To find your writing style, you have to consider certain factors such as the purpose and objective of your write-up. If you are writing for a magazine then your obvious choice should be the narrative style of writing. If you are writing poetry then go for the descriptive writing style. The topic, subject, or genre of your write-up is pivotal in choosing your writing style.

Your preference and choice of words and expressions are equally important. Some writers stick to one writing style from start to end. However, other writers like to experiment and mix styles of writing in the same write-up.

Based on the type of article or blog you are writing, you can use the expository style of writing entwined with the narrative writing style. In persuasive writing, you can blend some descriptive or even narrative paragraphs. You can use the expository style of writing in a persuasive article to make your arguments more pertinent.

Keep trying your hands in all kinds and styles of writing to find your own. With time, practice, and perseverance you will find your style of writing.


The best way to evolve as a writer is to keep trying and experimenting with new tools, styles, and genres of writing. As a content writer, you mostly have to stick to your clients’ briefing. But as a blogger (if you write for your own blog), you can pick topics and subjects that will allow you to experiment with different styles of writing.

All these styles of writings have a distinct purpose and usage. Learn how to use them properly to make your writing style more effective.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Arnaba Saha


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)