Updated: Aug 8, 2020
If you're here, it would be fair to assume you know what you're writing, but in the interest of sharing on the subject of all things written, here is a quick look at the some of the types of ways a budding writer can express themselves.
Below is a list of 5 of the most common writing styles:
Creative - far different from professional writing, you could say that creative writing is the art of simply making things up. Whether you are writing fiction, non-fiction, biographies, scriptwriting, or short stories all fall into this category. So simply put, if it comes from someones imagination, it’s called creative writing.
Persuasive - this style is trying to convince the audience of something. The author’s personal point of view and opinions will be involved. A good piece of persuasive writing will also include the other side of the topic so that an effective counter argument or opinion can be presented. Whilst it may include the opinions of the author, it should still be written objectively yet appealing to the heart and confidence of the reader with reason, arguments and justifications.
Narrative - this style of writing is used to tell stories. Whether the story is true or not, a great imagination and a lot of writing skill all help the writer to convey a sequence of events that convince the reader to come into that world.
Descriptive - character, event, and place all fall into the subject matter for this style of writing. Thinking of it as painting a picture, the writer strives to reveal the subject by going into detail about the look, smell, sound and feeling of things tangible and intangible.
Expository - used to explain things, this type of writing style is most commonly used for textbooks. It provides information around facts, laws, principles and examples. It doesn’t offer the writer's own point of view and isn’t based on the writer’s feeling. Although sometimes thought to be the same as descriptive writing, Expository writing is more often associated with explaining and describing external processes and situations.
So, whatever style of writing you embark on - we’ve only listed 5 here - knowing what you are writing and having the right tools in your toolkit is going to ensure that your finished piece is going to be something you can be proud of.