Major Types and Various Styles of Writing
- Building Blocks of Writing: Vocabulary, Spelling and Grammar
- Writing Process: Planning, Organizing, Writing and Reviewing
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- Communications (Interpersonal)
- Communications (Organizational)
- Interpersonal Skills
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Major Types of Writing
Four Main Styles
There are four main styles of writing, including:
- Expository – to explain something to your reader
- Descriptive – to describe key points or certain images to your reader
- Persuasive – to convince or influence your reader
- Narrative – to tell a story to your reader
The style that you choose depends what you want to accomplish with your audience. Thus, before writing, it is very important that you carefully plan and organize your writing before you start the writing itself. See Planning and Organizing Your Writing
Here are more descriptions of the major styles of writing.
- Understanding the 4 Writing Styles: How to Identify and Use Them
- What is Writing Style? – Types & Examples
- What Is a Simple Breakdown of the Four Different Writing Styles?
Other Styles of Writing
Examples of additional styles include formal vs informal, concise vs detailed, commercial vs literary, and factual vs opinioned.
Various Styles of Writing
Academic writing is usually about research and theories and, thus, is written in a formal structure that is concise, orderly and specific. If it is in regard to research, it can include specific references to other writing, as well as citations to specific pages or quotes in the other writings. Academic writing also conforms to certain style guides, including the American Psychological Association style guide.
- Definition of Academic Writing
- What is Academic Writing?
- Academic Writing (Wikipedia)
- Academic Writing Style
- Why Is Academic Writing So Academic?
Business writing usually includes proposals, memorandums and email, as can also include various sales publications, such as brochures and catalogs.
- 4 Types of Business Writing [And When to Use Them]
- 87 Advanced Business Writing Tips [That Actually Work]
- Improve Your Business Writing Skills (A Step-by-Step Guide)
- How to Improve Your Business Writing
- Business Writing Tips for Professionals
Creative writing is intended to express the original thoughts of the writer. Examples are poems, plays, songs and personal essays.
- Creative Writing
- Professional vs. Creative Writing
- Creative Writing 101
- What is Creative Writing? – Definition, Types & Examples
- Short Story Tips: 10 Ways to Improve Your Creative Writing
Scientific writing is a highly technical form of technical writing that is intended primarily for other scientists. It is very similar to academic writing and those types are sometimes used interchangeably. However, scientific writing is primarily focused on research and experimental terms, such as hypothesis,
methodology, findings, recommendations for further research. There are often numerous references and citations in scientific writing.
- Scientific Writing (Wikipedia)
- What is Scientific Writing?
- How to Write Like a Scientist
- Scientific Writing and Publishing
- Scientific Writing Made Easy: A Step-by-Step Guide to Undergraduate Writing in the Biological
Technical writing is usually in regard to planning, developing, providing, maintaining and fixing technical equipment. Examples include schematics, instruction manuals, help files and procedures.
- Technical Writing (Wikipedia)
- How I Broke Into Technical Writing
- 15 Tips to Improve Your Technical Writing
- These Five Techniques Will Transform Your Technical Writing
- 5 Tips to Help Become a Better Technical Writer
- Defining a Technical Writer
- Contents of a User Guide
- Tips To Get Your Document Read
- 13 Tips For Technical Writers
- Technical Writers = Business Analysts = Usability Expert
- Creating Test Plans
- To Train Or Not To Train A Technical Writer
- A Global Technical Writer
- Steps To Become A Technical Writer
- The Cloud And Mobile Tech Writing
- Social Media For Technical Writers
- Technical Writer’s Dilemma – Images Or Text Only?
- The Technical Writer Project Manager
- Build Your Technical Writing Templates
- Key Words Technical Writers Need To Understand
- The Flexible Technical Writer
- Gamification And Technical Writing
- Tables And Technical Writing
- Technical Writing And Work Instructions
- Getting To Know Your Technical Writing Department (Part 1)
- Getting To Know Your Technical Writing Department (Part 2)
- What Are Functional Specifications
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