Sharing Some Thoughts on Writing Styles

Article Title: Sharing Some Thoughts on Writing Styles

Author: Craig Lock
Category (key words): Writing, Creative Writing, Writing Hints/Tips, Creative Writing Course

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The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at and

Other Articles are available at: and
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig!)

We hope that the following article, which is an extract from our online creative writing course (the “original” one from “many moons” ago) may be informative and helpful to your e-zine readers, or on your web site. If it helps others “out there” in any way, then we’re happy.

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”





The best style is the style you don’t notice.

– Somerset Maugham



This article (a “shorty”) is an extract from one of the lessons on our online creative writing course… so thought I’d share.

Your writing style can vary from time to time to suit the subject.

A good writer is able to vary their style to suit the subject matter and the publication concerned.

For example, use short simple sentences when writing for very young children.

When writing articles for magazines, keep them strictly factual and to the point. No room for my flowery sort of language!

Style varies from publication to publication.

Some prefer to stick strictly to the facts of the matter, while others allow their writers to digress.


That for me is good style.



This reveals your unique personality.

It means “how are you coming across” ? #

# Can I end a sentence with a “preppie”?

Is your tone angry, arrogant, breezy, sarcastic, bitter, ironic, cynical or informal?

What do you think is the tone of this lesson (article)?

Tone may be used to inform or instruct.

You should use variety in your choice of rhythms.

In my non-fiction works, I try to write in a simple and unobtrusive style, with the odd “whacky” bit of humour thrown in to keep the reader entertained, as well as informed.

I believe anyone can improve their style by reading and writing more.

Look at how successful authors do it and make a mental note of their varying styles. Read more (heed that one, Craig)!

Practice your own writing regularly, stand back dispassionately (hard that one) and look at it. Objectively???

Read the words out aloud, or preferably get someone else to read your work out to you. Words have
such power in them.

Ask yourself this important question:

DO THE SENTENCES FLOW NICELY (ie. do you have good rhythm)?

Look at the flow: Is there variety in the length and structure of the sentences?

Correct awkward phrases or obvious repetitions.

Check that your meaning is clear – with no waffling (must heed that one!).

Then rewrite and rewrite to improve the quality of your work.

Top writers rewrite many many times over.

Be aware that style can be changed to suit circumstances.

Style is very individual – it is your own style…and is YOURS alone – your unique personality “shining through” your words.
The right words can uplift, inspire, even heal… and create endless joy and love in our lives, as well as in many others.

Style may be simple, formal, and even utilize slang, or be more complex with long sentences, sub-clauses and paragraphs; but it should never lose its essential clarity.

The essence of good style, I believe, is SIMPLICITY.

In writing articles for say, newspapers, your preference will largely depend on your market.

For example in the UK, British newspapers like ‘The Sun’ generally have a short and sharp style – to appeal to the masses. ‘The Times’ usually has longer and more demanding prose to stimulate “more edu-ma-cated” readers.

I’ve written this article in a “short, sharp, snappy, punchy” style; but also have a serious, yet simple style for my novels on South Africa. They are written “from the heart” In a totally different style to this lesson/article’s “brief, punchy and to the point” style. I wrote ANGOLAN DAWN in a different style to my other novels to portray the way an un-sophisticated big word!) Angolan migrant labourer would see the world, think and speak.

In my non-fiction works, like this article and my self-help books, I try to write in a style that will best accomplish my writing aim: to “inform, entertain and hopefully even inspire people to reach out and become all they are CAPABLE of being”.
When I write articles for “the international market” of the net, I don’t target particular countries and try to adapt my writing style. I write what I want to in a particular “voice or spectrum”.

I’ve found that people around the world don’t seem to mind the fact that I may use “funny” words or spelling – small details, like “s’s” instead of “z’s”, color or colour…as long as the grammar is reasonably correct.

I just try to write in my “natural style with the odd bit of whacky and zany” humour – one in which I feel comfortable
(seeing I was brought up in South Africa with British English) and suggest you writers do the same.

My advice is just find your “natural style” by writing as you
SPEAK – as practice writing in your “natural style” breeds confidence.

Write “till you drop” and play the music in you through the power of the written word…
in your own unique style.

I hope this article may be helpful to you in learning more about your own “natural style”.

Craig Lock (Eagle Productions Books:”Information and Inspiration Distributers, Incorrigible Encouragers and People-builders”)

They say that if enough chimpanzees were put in front of enough word processors for enough time, eventually one of them would write Hamlet

About the author:
Craig is a writer, who believes in (and loves) sharing information with a touch of humour, as well as encouraging and helping others to find their talents and gifts, to strive for and accomplish their dreams in life – whatever they may be. and

The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at:


Craig’s novel ‘Angolan Dawn’’ is available at (paperback) and (e-book)

A family struggles to survive through the bitter war torn strife of Angola. A father makes the decision to travel far from home to work in the gold mines of South Africa only to have a terrible accident occur which leaves him unable to return home.

All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – MINE

What’s the definition of an aspiring author?
A waiter!

What’s the difference between a writer and a family pizza?
The pizza can feed a family of four!

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at and



Picture: beautiful and deserted Wainui beach, Gisborne, East Coast , New Zealand…a place where I often get my dose (“fill”) of upliftment and inspiration


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One Response to “Sharing Some Thoughts on Writing Styles”

  1. craiglock Says:

    Reblogged this on Craig's Writing Articles.


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