There are four general stylistic categories that writing falls into. Knowing which type you fall into is essential, as it will support your writing goals.
These different types of writing styles are differentiated by their purpose. Writers will use one of these available styles while also incorporating their writer’s voice:
A descriptive style uses figurative language and sensory details to paint a picture in a reader’s mind. Poets use this type of writing style in their work.
An expository writing style is used for delivering facts and information rather than storytelling. Examples of expository writing include nonfiction books, scientific writing, technical writing, and news articles.
A persuasive writing style influences readers to adopt the writer’s point of view. Examples of persuasive writing include letters of recommendation, academic writing, and cover letters.
Narrative style has a plot, characters, and setting and is used in creative writing. It is the style writers use to craft a fiction story, such as a novel, novella, or screenplay. Examples of narrative writing style include Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Virginia Woolf’s Orlando.
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