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Types of Writing Styles

The writing process is a dynamic process which develops on many different levels. You cannot simply jump into a style and then think you have created something special. Each writer begins with a certain point in mind and as they develop their own style over time they incorporate new styles and take the best parts of other writers work and refine it to create their own unique style. Here we will examine some of the different types of writing for different purposes and different types of readers.

Narrative writing

It typically starts out as a story, diary or even a novel in some cases but more commonly will start as a series of incidents and then slowly progress into the main plot. Narrative writing is very personal to the writer and is often used to convey a particular message to a specific audience.

The prewriting phase is essential because it establishes the framework of the writing and decides the general direction. You may choose to start writing with an idea in mind and then develop it over time into a fully fledged story, but you should always start with a strong framework.

Expository writing

Is one of the three main types and is generally used to present important information in a way that builds tension, enlivenes the text and leaves the reader wanting more. This is an excellent example of different types of writing pieces and is also an excellent example of how not to use the outline. Expository writing should be used to build and support the main plot and should never be allowed to dethrone or overshadow the main characters, or worse yet, the theme of the story. An expository text should always be written in the third person and should use the passive voice.


However, it must always be in the form of a “hook”. In order for an expository to be effective, it must provide a strong hook that makes the reader instantly want to read the full text. As with all other types of literature, expository writing requires that the writer creates and develops plot-relevant facts. In most cases, expository writing skills involve the student looking to find facts contained within the text and using logic to support the facts they find. There are some proven ways to do this, such as proofreading and editing the text for grammar and spelling errors.

Persuasive and argumentative writing

Both are very useful when it comes to creating compelling documents. The format of a persuasive document resembles a documentary and it uses primarily two forms of writing: documentary style and persuasive style. The format of a persuasive document relies heavily on presenting data and providing reasons why the facts contained within are true. The last two types allow for a greater degree of argument and discussion and can often be the key to success.

These are three of the more common writing styles and they serve as good examples of how the format of a certain document should be constructed. Every type has its own benefits and drawbacks, but these three provide an excellent place to begin.

Each style can be used effectively in all kinds of documents but it is important that the student explore all three so they can gain as much insight as possible into how best to document their topic. With a little investigation, anyone can become an expert in no time at all.