Style is a very personal thing. How we dress speaks volumes about our personality, priorities, moods, and perspectives. Our language works the same way, revealing more about us than we can imagine. For example, sophisticated language might suggest we are intelligent, well informed, and eloquent. Terse sentences might suggest we are serious and efficient. Strong, forceful words might suggest we are angry or frustrated.
Unfortunately, many young writers mistakenly embrace fads rather than style, opting for mundane or exaggerated language that confuses readers and audiences. When it comes to writing style, we want to avoid the "Nicki Minaj effect"; in other words, we want to avoid gimmicky words, cliched expressions, careless sentences, and sloppy delivery.
When thinking of writing "style," we should remember Beyonce's sense of fashion. Like her choice of dress in the picture to the left, we want to strive for clean, clear, and elegant language.
The Style Boosters section provides lessons to help you improve your writing through clarity, conciseness, word choice, and sentence variety. You can view the video lessons, read tip sheets, and complete revision and editing exercises. Just click on the links below to access the lessons and exercises.