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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

What is Formal Writing

There are 2 types of writing that you will come across; Informal and Formal. This post is directed at understanding what entails formal writing.

Formal Writing is a done when you are unfamiliar with your audience or when you are presenting a subject matter that is serious.

Basically your writing style is depicted by who your target readers are and what subject matter you are dealing with and for which publication you are writing for.

Characteristics of a Formal Piece

Direct and to the point. There is no room for beating around the bush to put your point across. This is also known as blunt writing.

No abbreviations are used.

Facts are merely stated with supporting arguments or evidence.

Sources are quoted in order to substantiate the writing and this is expected of the writer.

No personal feelings or opinions are stated in formal writing.

Also, any address to the reader is kept utterly formal and no first names are used.


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