Posted by Cecily Miniaci
In my years at Drake, I have encountered all types of writing styles. From formal theory essays, one act plays, news stories, poems, to news releases, I’ve done it all. At times it became difficult to keep the two styles separate. Especially when the journalism and writing departments don’t always agree on the use of the oxford comma. Thankfully, I have learned how to balance both styles to develop my overall writing skills.
The following 3 tips are for those of you who are attempting to juggle these spinning plates as well.
Find your voice(s)
Don’t write a cold, lifeless manuscript for a creative essay, and no cliché, fluffy press releases. Find your voice for both, and use them accordingly. Once you distinguish your separate voices, feel free to play around with them. They’ll become your new best friends!
Even in journalism writing, it is important to take risks. If you always write the same way for a feature story, your writing will never grow. With creative, try a new perspective or tone. How about a story told from the point of view of a couch? Sure! It’s like trying a new dish, you’ll never know unless you try it.
Reading different types of writing will make you appreciate them and want to try out that new style. On my desk I currently have a public relations publication, Moby Dick, a poetry anthology, and my AP stylebook. Reading different types of writing is like pumping iron for my brain. Who wants a wimpy brain or wimpy writing? No one.
Since I recommended consuming different types of writing, I’ll give you all some links to some unique writing styles I have encountered. Enjoy!
After reading/viewing these, what are your immediate thoughts? Does this seem like a writing style you would try out? Is it important to you to write and read different styles?