Every author has a basic writing style. Style is not what an author writes, but the manner in which she writes it. It is an author’s unique way of communicating ideas. One might say that style is the verbal identity of a writer. An author defines her style in word choice and syntax (the order of words in a sentence).
What are some of the elements of style?
Style involves sentence length, be it simple noun/verb sentences or long sentences filled with modifiers. It relates to an author’s liberal or conservative use of sensory details that involve some or all five senses. Use or nonuse of figurative language, metaphors and similes speaks to style. Some authors focus on sound devices such as alliteration, onomatopoeia and rhythm.
While every author has a personal style of writing, that style is not static. The author refines it through reading a variety of writers and through his own writing experiences.
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