Wednesday, June 8, 2011

But, But.... This Is My Style!

Some writers can't help themselves and instinctively fight back whenever anyone suggests they make adjustments to their writing style.

They argue that their style is their style. Not only do they refuse to change it, they consider it inauthentic to do so.

I'm sorry to say this, but these are the anemic excuses of a college-level writer. All writers should cultivate a range of writing styles and voices, depending on the requirements of their writing task and the needs of their audience.

Yes, we all have our own writing voice. But is clinging defensively to that voice more important than helping your readers understand you?