What does it mean to write with style? Particularly in an academic environment?
It doesn’t mean:
- Using big words
- Padding your writing to reach word/page minimums
- Picking the right font
Writing teachers joke that “flow” is the “other four-letter ‘F’ word” because students use it as such a grab bag catch-all…
Writing style is difficult to articulate. If you’ve ever listened to a master comedian parse what makes something funny you’re in the right ball park.
The good news? Style in academic writing has some pretty concrete and, honestly, low barriers to entry.