Styles of Writing (or, Style of Writing) is
- the way a writer writes or how writers from a particular historical period or discourse community write.
People use a variety of criteria to describe a writer’s style. For instance, people could focus on
- the modes of writing, aims of discourse, or genre of writing that the writer employs.
- the writer’s use of stylistic elements.
- the writer’s use of grammar or mechanics
- the writer’s diction
- the writer’s use of rhetorical elements
- the writer’s use of point of view
- For example, does the text use first person or second person?
Prior to writing a text, writers are wise to take the lay of the land: rather than working harder, they can work smarter by conducting a rhetorical analysis. One important step in rhetorical analysis and rhetorical reasoning is to analyze the styles of other writers working in the same space—the same scholarly conversation.
Also, it hopes to engage in some self-reflection about your own writing style. For instance, Joe Moxley, one of the authors of this article, is well aware that he tends to write really wordy drafts. Thus, he knows, based on past reader feedback, that before submitting a work to an audience, he needs to to cut it in half.