In the last article we explored the four major styles of writing – Expository, Descriptive, Persuasive and Narrative. Each style is defined by definite characteristics that sets them apart from each other. For e.g. the expository and persuasive style of writing explain facts, but one only does the job of conveying the author’s personal opinions. The descriptive and narrative style are largely similar, except only one makes it a point to elaborately detail out the subjects in the book while the other concentrates of telling a story.
There is no way you can confuse one from another, though there are overlapping concepts. You can use more than one style, but it’s always good to know which is which. So here are a few but helpful ways in which you can use the four styles of writing:
This type of writing aims to be factual, research based and without personal opinions. The job is to convey, as much in detail, information and insight on the subject. Your aim to inform your reader about a particular topic.
There are guidelines to follow expository writing
The magic of the descriptive style of writing is in getting your readers to visualize your piece like they are experiencing it firsthand. The more descriptive you can be with your words, the more relatable your story will be to the reader. Fiction, memoirs, lyrics, journals and poetry are a few examples of descriptive writing.
This is what you need to keep in mind:
Persuading your readers into taking action is what this style is all about. It is the exact opposite of the expository style of writing. Though research and facts are also a necessity, the author can insert their own opinions into the piece and convince the reader to believe what the author believes. This style of writing is best seen in advertisements, political speeches, certain kinds of non-fiction, brochures, essays and more.
If persuasive is your style, this is what you should know:
Is far more complex than descriptive writing. This is the complete picture. It does not only consist descriptive paragraphs but details out characters, situations, plots, sub plots, conflicts and resolutions. The narrative peace will have timelines that go in a flow with a start point and an end. Mostly all fictional novels, sagas and longer epic poems come under this.
Guidelines to write a narrative piece include:
With these clear distinctions in place, you are free to choose your style, or styles, and set out to pen down your ideas.