Should You Modify Your Writing Style?

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.

One thought on “Should You Modify Your Writing Style?

  1. clarencetwilson April 26, 2015 / 2:21 pm

    I think that this has been one of my biggest gripes against the whole writing curriculum in college. While yes, we do get plenty of assignments that will prepare us for having to meet word counts by a deadline and what not, I’ve felt that it hasn’t really been much of a help in the sense of building personal writing styles mainly because as a student, you don’t have all of the freedom you would have while writing for yourself. So while the intention is to build strong writers, and I believe they are doing so, the creative aspect of it is being stifled by all the rules and guidelines that need to be followed. Even in my creative writing class, there was only so much creativity that was allowed because of the fact that we weren’t able to write genre fiction, everything absolutely had to air on the side of literature and I don’t know how advantages that was as a progressing writer.


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