Style is something that is easier discussed than mastered. Many famous authors have their own personal writing style, a specific flavor that makes the words jump off the page. As college students, writing assignments are meant to help prune away the excess and begin to shape the student’s specific writing style. Becoming comfortable with one’s own writing style is difficult enough…but what happens when the young writer has no say in their topic? This is something that can plague freelancers, who often find themselves writing for a specific audience. Why bother to identify a writing style at all, if it only gets tossed aside?
The answer? Having a specific style helps to set the written work apart. Think of J.K. Rowling, who so frequently uses the same expressions and reactions over and over again. Her work is highly recognizable, something which all writers should aspire to mimic. Here are a few tips on writing for a specific audience while still staying true to a given writing style.