Rhetor-Focused Style, Writer-Based Prose

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.

Related Concepts

Sustantive Prose

Substantive Prose refers to what a rhetor communicates. Substance is information, content, evidence. Substance may be quantitative or qualitative, visual or alphabetical.