Rhetor-Focused Style refers to texts that are
- empathetic to the rhetor’s feelings about a topic
- shaped by the anecdotal experiences of the rhetor
- a mode of problem solving and personal therapy
- a critique of a rhetor’s failure to consider the point of view of the intended audience.
Rhetor-Focused Style is also known as writer-based prose.
The phrase rhetor-focused style or writer-based prose may be used to compliment or critique a text. However, most often, prose that is said to exhibit rhetor-focused style is considered to be
- I-orientated, self-centered, egotistical–i.e., chiefly concerned with the rhetor rather than the audience
- underdeveloped in terms of its diction, tone, subject matter.
Yet there are instances when the phrase rhetor-focused style is used to complement a rhetor’s unique rhetorical stance, interesting and surprising outlook on a topic, and artistic prose.
Rhetor-Focused Style & the Writing Process
Early drafts of a text that could be described as rhetor-focused mature into a topic-focused or a audience-focused style.
It’s commonplace to begin writing what you know about a topic, just freewriting. Later after revising and editing over time, after significant rhetorical analysis a writer-based draft may evolve into something more audience focused topic focused.
Substantive Prose refers to what a rhetor communicates. Substance is information, content, evidence. Substance may be quantitative or qualitative, visual or alphabetical.