Different Styles of Writing

There are different styles of writing.

There are different types of writers.

Anne Jackson, a friend and fellow blogger, writes in a more stream-of-consciousness, conversational style.

Nick Kristoff, a New York Times columnist, writes serious, journalistic articles and books on human rights issues.

Rob Bell, a provocative pastor and author, writes sometimes in incomplete sentences, as if he were speaking to a church group.

Your writing is unique from that of the above writers. So is mine.

But the trick is knowing when to use what style of writing. The trick is not getting pigeon-holed as a certain type of author. The trick is knowing your audience and writing in a way that is authentically “you,” while still being relevant and sensitive to your readers.

Failing to utilize different writing styles will greatly limit you in your opportunities to reach people with your message, whatever that may be.


4 Comments on “Different Styles of Writing”

  1. Heck, I created my own genre; physician bluegrass fiction. I figured you couldn’t get any more unique than that.


  2. Everyone should try a different style and find out what works for him or her. Maybe someone could take a smattering of qualites of all styles and write! That’s what is so fantastic about this art!

    Keep on writing!


  3. Jeff Goins says:

    Thanks, Tom and Ceylan, for the feedback!

  4. […] don’t want to be disingenous here; I’ve said before that there are different styles of writing. Some writing ought to be simple. You shouldn’t write pretentiously or with complicated […]

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