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

Updated on June 3, 2020
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Arnaba is a professional content writer. She is here to share her experience in impressive and effective writing skills and strategies.

Introduction

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

Example:

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

Example:

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

Example:

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

Example:

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.

Conclusion

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

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    • Arnaba Saha profile imageAUTHOR

      Arnaba Saha 

      13 months ago from New Delhi

      Thank you, Poonam Ji, for your appreciation. Yes, I strongly believe every writer should have written. Moreover, I think, every writer already has a writing style, all they have to do is find it.

    • Arnaba Saha profile imageAUTHOR

      Arnaba Saha 

      13 months ago from New Delhi

      Yes, Nikhil, as the expository style of writing covers all technical writings like academic, scientific, research, or technology.

      Glad to know that I was able to contribute to your understanding of writing styles.

      I would also suggest that you can combine narrative and/or persuasive style of writing in your write-ups if need be. Let me know if you would like to follow my suggestion.

      Also thanks a lot for your time and appreciation.

    • Poonam-Malik profile image

      POONAM MALIK 

      14 months ago from Faridabad

      Had never thought about writing in this way. Clearly this is a novel topic for many budding writers and important too. We shall be consciously working on our writing styles too. Thanks, looking for more from you.

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      Nikhil Sharma 

      14 months ago from India

      When I started my writing career in 2017, I had no idea about the scale of writing or blogging industry. And I even didn't know anything about the various styles of writing. Even today, I believe I'm not completely aware of all the styles. However, with your article, I came to the four basic styles of writing.

      When you're a writer, you should know about the different writing styles. I'm interested in technical writing so I think it comes under the expository style of writing. Thank you so much for educating us on this essential topic, Ms. Arnaba.

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