Skip to main content

Using Models 

OWL logo

Welcome to the Purdue OWL

This page is brought to you by the OWL at Purdue University. When printing this page, you must include the entire legal notice.

Copyright ©1995-2018 by The Writing Lab & The OWL at Purdue and Purdue University. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, reproduced, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our terms and conditions of fair use.

One way to develop style as a writer is to read broadly and practice writing often. Make note of what you like and what you don’t. Analyze what makes that style work and try applying it in your own writing. You’ll find as you experiment that some styles sound like you, and some don’t, and that some styles work better in some situations than others. The important thing to remember is that writing is a craft. It takes practice and diligence, much like music, visual arts, and sports. Just as no one is born a concert pianist, but rather rises to that level of talent and prestige through training, so too is no one born a perfect writer.