Your writing style is unique to you – if people choose to read what you write, it will be because they like your style and the personality that shines through. William Zinsser, author of On Writing Well, says that “all writing is a journey; you the writer are asking someone to go on a trip with you”. This could apply to any piece of writing whether it be a poem, a book, an essays or a blog.
If you wouldn’t normally say something out loud, don’t write it. Also the moment you start to add or replace words just because you think a longer word would be better or you’ve heard someone else use it, you may be unknowingly changing your style. A Daily Writing Tips article by Maeve Maddox called ‘What’s Your Style’ explains that “we all strive to create a style that will result in a distinctive ‘voice’ that will distinguish our writing from that of others”.
According to Ginny Wiehardt in her article called ‘Developing your writing style’ on About.com, your style may take a while to evolve and she gives eight tips to keep in mind including: writing clearly, writing concisely, and avoiding cliches. She also suggests that great literature is your best teacher.
Just remember to be yourself and be unique.
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