Appropriate Style and Audience Analysis

Personal style is crucial to good writing. As a general rule, bland, static one will not serve an author well.

But there is a fine line between style and writing that is just poor or offensive. A huge part of finding an appropriate style is to carefully analyze your audience.

I’m currently working on a magazine article for Feather Magazine, a very low-key, online publication. Usually, I write in a more professional, distant tone, so I’ve had to start working on a new color of tone to increase my likelihood of publication through Feather.This idea can go two ways. If someone was trying to publish to an academic journal, conversational or casual tone would be lead to a  guaranteed rejection.

Audience analysis and familiarity with the intended mode of publication is such a crucial aspect of being a successful author.

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2 thoughts on “Appropriate Style and Audience Analysis

  1. jesslangone April 21, 2015 / 5:59 pm

    I think this idea of audience analysis is crucial when deciding on a tone for a piece. This also can help in deciding between first or third person POV in a piece. Audience analysis should not stop at article writing though. Understanding the audience of fiction writing is important as well. The audience will depend on the genre of the piece, and understanding the age group and gender of the audience for this genre will improve the reception of the piece.

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  2. allenrowan2015 April 21, 2015 / 11:32 pm

    I completely agree. With no knowledge of who you’re writing for or how you should write it, a piece can’t possibly be as effective as it could be. To maximize its effectiveness, a writer should thoroughly analyze their audience and think about which style best suits the content they are focusing on.

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