How do Visuals Add to Your Writing Style?

When we think of style, we almost always think of syntax, word choice, formality and so on. But what role does visual rhetoric play in the development of your writing style? Can it even be considered an aspect of your style?

While writers do use words to paint pictures, sometimes it’s important to incorporate actual imagery into your writing pieces. Consider the writer profile we all created for this class. The style of the piece would have changed completely if it weren’t for the visuals. It added to the message we were trying to convey. Some of our visuals may have been clean and formal, some of them may have been loud and creative; it was all dependent on our audience and on our style.

I can’t for the life of me remember the title or author, but I once read a young adult book that used different types of graphs and charts throughout the book to make points. It was both humorous and exclusive to this one author. Some writers become well-known for their quirky illustrations or their poignant sketches throughout their pieces. There are even some authors who illustrate their own work, like J.R.R. Tolkien, who drew each map featured in the Lord of the Rings novels.

While our words are clearly very important when it comes to our writing styles, it is important not to completely ignore visuals as a form of rhetoric and style.

2 thoughts on “How do Visuals Add to Your Writing Style?

  1. stephaniebaur April 23, 2015 / 11:12 pm

    I think I have undervalued visuals in my writing until this class. I have always thought of them as time consuming distractions that I have to struggle to make the text fit around precisely. However, when visuals are done well, they definitely add. I think of the sketches within A Series of Unfortunate Events, or the pictures in science books that help me finally understand. Pictures are important.


  2. Mike Kassem April 27, 2015 / 3:45 am

    Visual rhetoric plays a huge role in style. When I see a depiction of a character in a book, it helps me visually see what the characters are depicted doing. Even though it is small, I believe it still plays a role in style.


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