There’s a difference?

A writer’s style is determined by many factors; the context of the author’s piece, word choice, syntax, the author’s voice/tone, etc. and it is often times hard to differentiate one from the other. Take for example voice and style, on occasion one may assume that voice/tone and style may be the same thing, it is a problem some (myself included) have come across in their writing career. An article from Writer’s Digest online offers a way to help differentiate voice and style to help writers and readers alike be able to understand them separately.

In an article written by Brian A. Klems titled “The Difference Between Voice and Style in Writing” breaks down how the two are different but often paired. He says, “Voice is your own. It’s a developed way of writing that sets you apart from other writers…Style is much broader than voice.” He continues on to give an example in reference to Writer’s Digest, saying although each  author has their own particular style and you can tell each one apart from the other they call work at a common goal for the magazine, “conversational yet straightforward” and in doing so they create a unique yet unified magazine.

One thought on “There’s a difference?

  1. Mike Kassem April 27, 2015 / 3:34 am

    Great post! I have always viewed style as a way of writing. Something that is common among certain writers. “They write with a certain style.” As for voice, I view it as the writer speaking. The emotion of the writer that flows through the words. “You can hear the writer’s voice.” Voice is something unique to each writer where style can be applied to more than just a writer. I can see the confusion.


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