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Good Writers Make Purposeful Stylistic Choices. Style:. The way that different factors come together in a piece of writing. Style can be displayed through use of:. Voice or Persona : the reader’s impression of the writer projected from the page. What’s My Style?. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Good Writers Make Purposeful Stylistic Choices

Good Writers Make Purposeful Stylistic ChoicesStyle:The way that different factors come together in a piece of writing.Style can be displayed through use of:Voice or Persona: the readers impression of the writer projected from the page.Whats My Style?

What Style Choices are Being Made Here?

What style messages do you see here?

Factors that Affect StyleWays of Shaping SentencesTypes of WordsVoice or PersonaToneLong/short

Simple/Complex

Many modifiers vs. Few Modifiers

Normal word order / interruptions Abstract/Concrete

Unusual/Ordinary

Specialized/General

Scientific/Literary

Expert/Layperson

Outsider/Insider

Liberal/Conservative

Neutral observer/active participantIntimate/Distant

Angry/Calm

Browbeating/Sharing

Informative/Entertaining

Ironic/LiteralIdentify the Style of this poem:From childhood's hour I have not beenAs others were; I have not seenAs others saw; I could not bringMy passions from a common spring.From the same source I have not takenMy sorrow; I could not awakenMy heart to joy at the same tone;And all I loved, I loved alone. By: Edgar Allan Poe

What is the writers voice/persona here?When I walk in the spot, this is what I see, okEverybody stops and they staring at meI got a passion in my pants and I ain't afraid to show it, show it, show it, show it

I'm sexy and I know it[x2]

When I'm at the mall, security just can't fight them offWhen I'm at the beach, I'm in a Speedo trying to tan my cheeks (what)This is how I roll, come on ladies it's time to goWe headed to the bar, baby don't be nervousNo shoes, no shirt, and I still get service (watch)

Girl look at that body[x3]I work outGirl look at that body[x3]I work outInflated Voice Versus Natural Voice:For most college assignments you should use your natural speaking voice to give your writing a conversational, academic style.

By natural, we mean that you should use a voice that tries to be plain and clear while retaining the quality of a person who is enthusiastic about the subject.

Trying to imitate a dense academic style can seem pretentiously stilted and phony what we call inflated voice.Inflated or Natural Voice?

Inflated Voice Ends Up With you Sounding like this

In your natural voice dont be afraid toUse a thesaurusits good to try out words like substantiate instead of prove or chronicle instead of write. Even a wrong choice is a learning experience.Write authoritatively about what you know and admit what you dont know.

Limit each sentence to only one ideathe inclusion of too much material in a sentence sounds rambling or disjointed.Get someone elses help. Using a quote or paraphrasing an expert can give you the material you need to confidently express what it is youre trying to say.

Questions?