By Rory C. Keel
Style is the quality that makes your writing easy to understand and pleasant to read. Style is different from punctuation and grammar which rarely factor in a writer’s style because they are generally standardized. For example, you could write a grammatically correct piece of work using large amounts of passive verbs with few active verbs and have poor style.
Good writing style is developed with practice. The more you write the better your style gets. Here are a few helpful suggestions to work on:
- Save the most interesting or important words for the end of the sentence.
- Use parallel structure in your writing. In other words, use consistency in sentence structure.
- Avoid echoes. This is a repetition of a word multiple times in a sentence or paragraph.
As you write and revise, your own personal style will develop over time.