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If only writing were as easy as many people think it is.

In this post, let’s talk about style. There are many styles of writing used for specific purposes.

A few of the styles writers use:

AP – Associated Press

AP style writing isn’t an actual style, but is a set of guidelines created by the Associated Press for its journalists.

Freelance writers use the AP guidelines business as well as journalists. The AP style is a formal type of writing found in newspapers, and deals with the rules for using terminology, phrasing, and punctuation.

APAAmerican Psychological Association

Scientists and psychologists developed the APA style in 1929 to make reading of papers easier: by the way headings, tone, tables, and more. The sciences use APA style in the writing of scientific and psychological papers. The citations are different from other styles.

Chicago – Chicago or Turabian

The Chicago or Turabian style of writing is the standard many writers use for writing from the Web to stories, although it is a less formal style of writing.

The Chicago Manual of Style contains the guidelines for citation, capitalization, punctuation and more. For my blogs, I tend to follow the Chicago Style.

MLA – Modern Language Association

Research papers in the humanities use the MLA Style of writing, and uses parenthetical citations in the text, which refers you to another place such as a bibliography or other sections of a paper.

Widely used by instructors, academic departments, and schools for more than fifty years, the MLA style is also found in many countries from around the world, and found in many commercial and university presses, as well as newsletters.

Style, tone, and voice are components of effective writing.

As Nathaniel Hawthorne said, “Easy reading is damn hard writing.”

Writing is hard work to make it readable. There are many components writing.

In the next post, I will talk about voice.

Robert Medak

Writer/Editor/Reviewer

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