Writing Style And Creative Writing

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CHAPTER - VI A. STYLE AND TECHNIQUE: IN THE WRITINGS OF JOHN STEINBECK Creative writing is "greatest human excitement, it is observation to speculation to hypothesis. This is a creative process, probably the highest and most satisfactory we know" (Ricketts1939: vi). Style is a literary method which a writer adopts to infuse force and liveliness into his writings so that a reader may connect himself to the writer and have an access to what he reads. It tells as to how an author’s word choice, sentence structure, figurative language and sentence arrangement work together to establish mood and images in the text. It is "a means by which human being grains contact with others; it is personality clothed in words, character embodied in speech" (Lucas1974:49). In fact, "Style is the man" (Buffon.www.britannica.com/.../topic/.../ Georges-Louis-Leclerc-count.Web.Nov2013). It is a reflection of author’s personality. "As a man is, so is his speech" (Socrates. www.Britannica.comtopic/.../Georges-Louis-Leclerc-count-de.Web.16Nov2013). In literature, "style is the image of character" (Gibbon, Edward. www.quotessays.com/edwardgibbon.html.Web.16Nov.2013). It is not only outer but also inner, "physiognomy of the mind" (Schopenhauer."Style Brain Pickings": www.Brainpi ckings.org/2014/03/20/schopehaueronstyle/Mar20.2014.Web15Oct.2014). It is ‘Style’ which ensures whether a writer is great or not. "Elevation of style is the echo of a great soul" (Longinus.www.askives.com/what-was-the-romantic-ideaof.Web.2Feb.2012). It varies from author to author and depends upon one’s syntax, word choice and tone. There are four basic literary styles which distinguish the authors from one another. The first is 'Expository or Argumentative' - a subject-oriented style. The focus of the writer in this style is to tell the readers about a specific subject and in the end, the author leaves out his own opinion on the topic. The second is 'Descriptive'. By using this style the author focuses on the description of events, characters or places in detail. The third one is 'Persuasive' by which the writer tries to give reasons and justification to make the
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