Perennial Favorites: What’s Your Style?

Brilliant piece by Daryl L.L Houston, Courtesy of The Daily Post!

The Daily Post

Daryl L.L. Houston, former Daily Post oracle for all things grammar, hasn’t written here for a while but is far from forgotten. Here’s one of our favorite of his pieces, on writing style  — something many of us constantly play with as bloggers.

Style is the quality of a piece of writing that sets it apart from other pieces of writing that might otherwise be considered similar. Given the same subject matter and a directive to explain the same facts or tell a story whose details are substantively the same, different writers will set out to do the telling in different ways.

For example, one author might write very descriptively, using lots of imagery and adjectives. Another might favor a less ornate approach and simply convey the information. Often, authors for whom style is an important concern will adopt several styles. James Joyce wrote Ulysses in 18 very distinct styles. Another, perhaps…

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