This is a kind of primer on the style which is the main skill of any good writer. Style is defined as writing conventions or tenets. Some of these conventions are well accepted, while others are a writer’s own touch. Oftentimes certain style conventions are recommended or even required by the publication to which a writer is submitting work and can be found in the publication’s own style guide.
In my own writing, if a convention makes good sense to me, I’m likely to try and include it in my writer’s arsenal regardless of the style guide it comes from. Developing your own style is particularly important when you’re not working with an editor. For example, if you are writing a post for Virily or your own blog, then, feel free to use your own style.
With style, writers make their writing clear, cohesive, comprehensible, concise, and correct (the five cs). Ultimately, all writers can use style to their advantage. Keep in mind that style is different from voice. A writer’s voice is the distinct fashion in which the writer pieces together words. Although all good writers adhere to conventions of style, each good writer has an “own” distinct voice.
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