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Writing style

When you start to put together all the clauses and phrases you are learning, your sentences will become much different, and you will begin to create your own writing style.

You will find yourself using some types of sentences more than others. You will notice patterns in your writing that will differ from others’ writing patterns. You will use certain adverbial conjunctions more often, and you will gravitate toward certain types of clauses, phrases, and sentence types more than the other ones. This is part of your writing style.

There are many other factors, however, of your writing style besides clauses, phrases, and sentence types. Writing in the active voice and maintaining the same tense is also part of your writing style.

Many of the choices you make in terms of what types of words to include–for example, how formal you want the written project to be, or how you use creative aspects of language like analogies and metaphors–will also contribute to your own individual writing style. Many writers wisely choose to avoid using clichés as they detract from the individual nature of writing.

Ultimately, as you reflect on who you are and what you value, you will begin to craft a style of writing that is comfortable and authentic to you. This is important because you want your writing to reflect who you are and be an extension of your individual voice. You are a unique individual, so work to have your writing reflect your personality, individuality, and values. Be yourself.



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