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Finding Your Writing Style

Updated on January 3, 2014

An author chooses how much or how little information he wants to share with his readers. Ultimately, his writing style will reveal his knowledge about the topic.

Nowadays, there are many people who are starting to write online. Some of them build their own websites and set up their own blogs. But mostly, people who started writing join other sites that invite people to write.

As a web content contributor, an author’s writing style reveals a lot about himself. It is paramount in content writing. It shows the personality and the mood of the writer. This is a major part of how the writer wants his voice to be understood. The style, the content, and the way the article is written are necessary in producing good content. Effective use of it will send the message of the content clearly to its readers.

One of the most important writing styles to consider is the use of correct pronouns when narrating the topic. They are as follows:

  1. First person — the use of me, myself, and I or we
  2. Second person — the use of you
  3. Third person — he, she, or whoever or whatever is the subject


First Person Pronouns

For many bloggers, the use of first person is often visible in their articles. That is because they are basically sharing their knowledge, experiences, and opinions to their readers. When writing tutorial articles, it’s also appropriate to use the first person pronoun. Using the first person allows the author to cite their experiences. It also allows them to inform their readers and to give suggestions and give advice about the possible outcome of the subject usually citing their own experiences and opinions as examples. It gives a more personal tone for the writer.

Second Person Pronouns

For many online writers, the use of second person writing is also common. Using the second person can be personal both to the reader and writer because the writer is seemingly talking directly to the reader. However, this style, when not used properly might give a preachy tone to its readers. Words must be carefully chosen when using this kind of tone. Using the second person allows the writer to give suggestions, advice, and tutorials to their readers. The advantage of using the first and second person is that they allow the writer to be more personal with their articles.

Third Person Pronouns

The weakest tone of writing style is probably the use of third person pronouns. Unless the writer is trying to report an information or news to his readers, third person pronouns signify a weak tone in an article. Suggestive and how to articles cannot use this tone effectively. Writers who use this style rarely share their own opinions, thoughts, and experiences. Delivering information and news is probably the most effective way of using this tone. It gives the writer a tone of objectivity.


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      DabbleYou 3 years ago

      Hi DDE, thanks for reading and for your nice comment. :)

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great tips here and writing is such a pleasure if you let it be. With your helpful tips it all sounds too easy.

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      DabbleYou 5 years ago

      Hi Billybuc, agreed. A writing voice that isn't awkward to use is probably the most important craft a writer should have. Thanks for coming by. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It takes time; my writing has changed so much over the past three years. I barely recognize my writing from years ago. Now I have found a voice that I am comfortable with, which is so important for every writer.

      Good job with this one!