You will be surprised when you are asked to actively look over something you do on what feels like a semi-regular basis. It doesn’t have to be a serious reflection. It can just be a quick glance, and something will catch your eye. Since that is what we had to do in regards to the style of our writing, I was given the chance to look back at my writing and focus on something I had never really considered examining. While I thought I already had an idea about my style of writing, I never really thought about it in detail. Unsurprisingly, I learned something.
After going through the process of examining my writing style, I have realized that in most papers, articles, blog posts and other writing I have done all have very similar. I am very contrarian in my writing. I have a tendency to provide one side to the story at the start of my papers and other works, and then I take it into another direction. Thanks to words like however, although, and yet, I feel as though it is easier to present one argument, make a coherent and thoughtful statement, and then break that argument down for the rest of paper.
What is interesting, is that this style of writing is actually pretty common in a lot of the online articles that I read. In the influential writing gallery, I posted an article from the Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coates, an writer who focuses on race and the underlying structures of racism that can still be found in the United States. In my opinion he is by far one of the best modern day writers, and if you pay attention to his style, he is constantly dismantling arguments after he brings them up. However, it’s not just him. Plenty of other articles I read online, ranging from sports to politics to posts about the newest Marvel movie, seem to have this style.
I wonder if that is because most of these articles write in the form of someones opinion while they are also stating the facts. In other words, even though they use plenty of factual information, most online writers still seem to write about one side of an argument, which indicates that they have an opinion on the topic. I guess when you think about it, that’s all that academic essays and blog posts seem to be. Maybe my style isn’t contrarian. Maybe I just like to write about my opinion.