Writing style is one of the phrases that were taught when I first encountered writing and reading. When writers were asked to present the same information or tell the same story, different writers will have distinct ways to explain the simplest idea without giving any opinions. This distinction creates writers’ unique style which is usually consistent throughout their writing career. Although I have studied basic writing style, style masquerade that we have done in class still turned out interesting to me in the sense that writers can be actually recognized through their writing style, and no matter how time changes and theme of writing changes, style stays the same in most of the cases, and that is what attracts readers to go back to the same writer again and again.
In this way, style is like a tattoo that represents the writer, and it is difficult to remove once it was adopted. However, as for beginners of writing, we try to imitate famous writers’ style to get on the right track and to gradually develop our own style. Imitating is a quick way for me to start, but I still believe that only those who have dedicated style could keep readers from losing interest.
Preference of reading will also likely to influence the style. Should we take examples from the influential gallery, we could observe a variety of reading such as books, poems, magazines, and new media writing. Readings that we have done in the growing process as writers more or less impact on what we write today. Style, for me, is the control of language, or how we play around with words and sentences. We choose certain words or use specific sentence structure to build upon the style. Word choices and syntax of writing seems easy and fast to learn from imitating other writers, but the soul of writing is always obtained in the development of our own writing style because that is where our thoughts flow out naturally. It can also be translated into my reason of writing. I write to find my style, to develop on it, and to be a better writer.