What is a writing style?
A WRITER’S STYLE IS WHAT SETS HIS OR HER WRITING APART and makes it unique. Style is the way writing is dressed up (or down) to fit the specific context, purpose, or audience. Word choice, sentence fluency, and the writer’s voice — all contribute to the style of a piece of writing. How a writer chooses words and structures sentences to achieve a certain effect is also an element of style. (source)
In the beginning, like everything else, I had no idea I was creating a writing style. I just knew I liked to write and there was a certain way that I liked things laid out in my writing. But, the more blog posts I created, the more patterns I saw.
I like to get personal in my blog posts. I want y’all to feel like I am having a conversation with you instead of reading an informational article. I want y’all to feel a connection with me, so I try to write like I talk. Minus the umms and likes. I might need to work on those two areas if I decide to put myself on camera.
Remember, you have a voice and you want your voice to come across correctly through your words. Your approach may be totally different than mine and that is ok.
I will read and reread a single post at least 3 times before hitting Publish. I want to make sure my sentences aren’t choppy and they flow nicely. I want them to be easy to read.
I am by-no-means a grammar expert, but I try my best not to make a grammatical error. I know it happens, though. Which is the reason I read and reread my posts many times. If I am confused about a sentence’s structure or how to spell a word, I will look it up. Professional work shouldn’t contain errors! So, I try my best to avoid them.
How do you structure your writing? This is also part of your writing style.
Do you like to write in one single paragraph? Do you like to make multiple paragraphs? Are you a heading person?
For me, I like things to be spaced out so they look neat and orderly (imagine that, huh). I like to use headings and information underneath them because I think it looks clean and is easier to read.
When it comes to making lists, I like to use numbering and bullets because (once again) it looks neat. My brain works with lists better than large blocks of information, so that is how I write.
You may work completely different and that is ok. Everyone’s content structure is different, so you have to find what works best for you.
I’m using the word images because pictures aren’t the only visual aids you can include in a blog post.
I like to use photography to tell a story and sometimes, I like to throw in some clipart and quotes as well. You may be a person that doesn’t like images to tell a story. Just remember to think about how you will use them, if you use them at all.
Short and sweet post for y’all today. If you missed my other Blogging Basics posts, check out the links below: