Four Main Types of Writing…Which One Do You Use?

What is your writing style?

I recently read an article on the four main types of writing which made me stop and thing…am I writing in the best style? Here’s a summary of the writing styles and some examples:

Expository Writing – Used to explain things. Examples: Essays, computer how-to books, textbooks.

Descriptive Writing – Used to describe things, focusing on a character, place or event. Example: Travel article, biography.

Persuasive Writing – Used to convince and may contain opinions and reasoning. Example: News articles, political writing.

Narrative Writing – Used to tell a story through use of characters. Example: short stories, children’s book, novels.

Which writing do you use? I tend to use expository writing for my computer how-to books. I think a lot of us use multiple types of writing depending on our topic or genre.

Read full article here.

Setting Measureable Writing Goals

If you’re dreaming of being an author someday, it’s important to set measurable goals.

Goals like “I want to write a book!“, or “Someday I’ll write a book about that.” are a good start, but they are too general. Instead, write realistic, measurable goals that you know you will be able to accomplish. Start with small goals and once you have accomplished those, move on the bigger goals. I have listed some short-term and long-term examples of measurable writing goals below to get you started.

Short Term Writing Goals:

  • Today, before I go to sleep, I will write 10 book ideas.
  • By the end of the this week, I will research writing groups and I will join at least one online writing group.
  • I will visit a library next weekend, and I will spend at least 1 hour reading a new and interesting book.
  • In the next 30 days, I will spend at least 2 hours a week working on a short story.

Long Term Goals:

  • In the next 6 months, I will enter at least 3 online writing contests.
  • By the end of the year, I will write an outline for a new book.
  • In the next year, I will visit a new place, anywhere in the world, near or far, where I have not been, and I will write a diary about my travel experience.
  • I want to see a book I have self-published on amazon.com in 6
    to 9 months.
  • From now until my first book is published, I will spend at least 2 hours per week researching a marketing plan for my new book.

What are you writing goals? Stop what you’re doing right now and write your goals!