Hello! I'm back again for another writing help article. One of my goals on this platform, and now even more so that I am apart of the We Heart It Writers Team, is to offer other writers motivation, positivity, and also advice that I wish I would've been told. It has been such an honor to be able to write for this community, and I hope you guys have been enjoying my articles even half as much as I've enjoyed writing them.

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Today I want to talk to you guys about writing style. Every writer has their own, unique style that makes reading exciting. In my experience, I've learned that you never really stop developing your writing style; it is a combination of every book you've ever read and every author you've adored. When I first discovered my writing style, I was reading The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern. I just got so lost in her words, I thought to myself "This is the kind of writing I want to do." I encourage you all to read intentionally and take note of everything you liked and disliked about the writing and in turn those things will flow through your own work. Below I've listed a few different styles of writing, to give you a bit of an idea or even recognition of the kind of writer you are!

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different styles of writing:

Concise, Straight-to-the-Point

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famous writers with this style: Hemingway, Willa Cather

In this style of writing, there is a lack of prose. It is strict, lacking details. Hemingway was kind of a revolutionary in this style of fiction writing. He is known for the Iceberg Theory, meaning that he gives a very simple story that has a much deeper meaning. If you have this kind of writer you do not write with flowery phrases, but your words can still be just as powerful.

Philosophical, Ponderous

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famous writers with this style: Mary Shelley, Lewis Carrol

This writing style is one of whimsy. It's blissful and curious. It's one that questions everything, and causes questions to be asked while reading. If you have this writing style, you see the world in a different way, and you are interested in why things are the way they are. There's a certain magic in the way your phrases are crafted.

Romantic, Lyrical

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famous writers with this style: erin morganstern, anthony doerr

Some of you who have been following me for awhile might recognize that this is my style of writing. Though don't get confused, a romantic style of writing does not mean lovey-dovey, relationship style romance. It means that anything and everything can be sculpted into a beautiful sentence. If you have this style of writing you write like there's a song in your mind, as in you take note of the flow and the rhythm of the words.

Ironic, Dark Humor

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famous writers with this style: Vonnegut, Joseph Heller

This style takes a certain wit. If you have ever read Kurt Vonnegut, you know he has a very eerie sense of humor that's almost hidden beneath the words. If you write with this style, you aren't exactly lyrical, but...bold. Your words are powerful. You add a lot of details that seem pointless to the story, but they actually strengthen your point and make those witty one-liners memorable.


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famous writers with this style: Markus Zusak, Leigh Bardugo

This style is so extremely, amazingly, wonderfully detailed. Thought goes into every single word that goes onto the paper. This style of writing causes the scenes to be so vivid in the readers mind, and often leaves them speechless at just how deep even one sentence can cut. If you have this style of writing you are a very focused writer and your imagination is boundless. Almost like an architect but in the writer world, you are able to build worlds and lives from nothing.

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Did you see your style on the list? Let me know! I hope this article was helpful and enjoyable to you. As always, feel free to message me with any comments, questions, or requests for future articles. Thanks for reading!

elodie iver
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