Written by Craig Lock

What is style and how do you acquire it? We all have a natural style. Style is simplyrepparttar way in which you put words together when you are writing. It is a reflection of your speaking and thinking habits. Clear, muddled? Some people write in short staccato sentences, sometimes even without using verbs. I believe style can reflect your personality, eg. serious, brusque, friendly, chatty, "whacky, breezy"... and so on.

In some ways, people can write differently torepparttar 129660 way they speak.

I don't usually speak much...but I use plenty of words in my writing!

Good style is essential in any writing.

You won't get published without good style.

It means writing with clarity and precision.

Writing is a craft which needs to be learned and practised, so be self critical.

I try to write simply and with little doses of my 'weird' or ' bizarre' (not bazaar) sense of humour and have written this article in a "short and sharp, punchy" style.

I also have a serious, yet simple style for my novels on South Africa. They are written "fromrepparttar 129661 heart" In a totally different style to this lesson/article's "brief, punchy and torepparttar 129662 point" style. I wrote ANGOLAN DAWN in a different style to my other novels to portrayrepparttar 129663 way an unsophisti- cated big word!) Angolan migrant labourer would seerepparttar 129664 world, think and speak.

In my non-fiction works, like this article and my self-help books, I try to write in a style that will best accomplish my writing aim: to "inform, entertain and hopefully even inspire people to reach out and become all they are CAPABLE of being".


Your style can vary from time to time to suitrepparttar 129665 subject.

A good writer is able to vary their style to suitrepparttar 129666 subject matter andthe publication concerned.

For example, use short simple sentences when writing for very young children.

When writing articles for magazines, keep them strictly factual and torepparttar 129667 point.

No room for my flowery sort of language!

Style varies from publication to publication.

Some prefer to stick strictly torepparttar 129668 facts ofrepparttar 129669 matter, while others allow their writers to digress.


That for me is good style.

TONE This reveals your unique personality. It means "how are you coming across" ? #

# Can I end a sentence with a "preppie"?

Is your tone angry, arrogant, breezy, sarcastic, bitter, ironic, cynical or informal? What do you think isrepparttar 129670 tone of this lesson (article)?

Tone may be used to inform or instruct.

You should use variety in your choice of rhythms.

In my non-fiction works, I try to write in a simple and unobtrusive style, withrepparttar 129671 odd "whacky" bit of humour thrown in to keeprepparttar 129672 reader entertained,as well as informed.

I believe anyone can improve their style by reading and writing more.

Look at how successful authors do it and make a mental note (I have no time for reading these days!).


Written by Craig Lock

Writing articles can provide you with enormous amount of exposure onrepparttar Web. You are branding yourself on a shoestring budget - it hasn't cost you a cent, but a little time and effort Writing a free content article is simple and follows a similar professional approach as an article for a standard, paying market.

People want quality content : for their ezines and their web sites .; however,repparttar 129658 competition for content is fierce. Every Web site owner wants content and hundreds of writers want their content visible onrepparttar 129659 Web It's FREE promotion through your signature file atrepparttar 129660 end of your article* Articles that give good information or explain how to accomplish something are usually best, and will be read most often.

Here are some pointers in writing articles forrepparttar 129661 www:


1. Accept that writing forrepparttar 129662 web is different to writing forrepparttar 129663 off-line world. People tend to skim and scan (note alliteration) when reading online. They read quickly scrolling downrepparttar 129664 page.

2. Identify your target audience.

3. Give your article a catchy title that will grab attention and make people want to read.

4. Keep your title reasonably short. Put some thought and effort into your heading - again to get your reader's immediate attention.

5. Be professional and take your article writing seriously. Write about something you know professionally. Don't be overly casual in your writing (ie. don't write exactly as you speak) 6. Keep your paragraphs short.

7. Get torepparttar 129665 point quickly (enough waffle with maple syrup, Craig!).

8. Target your article to your audience with "focussed information".

9. Be brief, if you are a "waffler", like this writer. People want immediate information online and have limitedtime usually - it'srepparttar 129666 "instant coffee, sorry generation.

10. Write briefly and concisely (redundant words, meaningrepparttar 129667 same thing, Craig!) Try to keep your article under 1,500 words. Most paying markets usually only accept between 500 and 2,000 words... and with a bit of luck they may even "pick up" your great article. Try to be concise in your wording. Brevity isrepparttar 129668 hall-mark of good writing...or so say many ofrepparttar 129669 teachers of writing!

11. Userepparttar 129670 OCCASIONAL exclamation mark (!) to get your readers attention. Forgetrepparttar 129671 ALL CAPITAL LETTERS and exclamation points!!!

12. Be credible (big word, eh?) at all times.I try to write my articles in a "conversational style with dashes of my funny humour".

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