What is “YOUR” Writing Style?

Definition of Style

The style in writing can be defined as the way a writer writes. It is the technique that an individual author uses in his writing. It varies from author to author, and depends upon one’s syntax, word choice, and tone. It can also be described as a “voice” that readers listen to when they read the work of a writer.

Types of Style

There are four basic literary styles used in writing. These styles distinguish the works of different authors, one from another. Here are four styles of writing:

Expository or Argumentative Style

Expository writing style is a subject-oriented style. The focus of the writer in this type of writing style is to tell the readers about a specific subject or topic, and in the end the author leaves out his own opinion about that topic.

Descriptive Style

In descriptive writing style, the author focuses on describing an event, a character or a place in detail. Sometimes, descriptive writing style is poetic in nature in, where the author specifies an event, an object, or a thing rather than merely giving information about an event that has happened. Usually the description incorporates sensory details.

Persuasive Style

Persuasive style of writing is a category of writing in which the writer tries to give reasons and justification to make the readers believe his point of view. The persuasive style aims to persuade and convince the readers.

Narrative Style

Narrative writing style is a type of writing wherein the writer narrates a story. It includes short stories, novels, novellas, biographies, and poetry.

Short Examples of Style in Sentences

  1. If it sounds like I’m writing, then I prefer to rewrite it.
    (Conversational)
  2. “I think it’s a good ide,.” said Jenny.
    “You can imagine the outcomes!” retorted Emma, pushing the door open.
    Reluctantly, Jenny followed.
    (Narrative)
  3. The sunset fills the entire sky with the lovely deep color of rubies, setting the clouds ablaze.
    (Descriptive)
  4. The waves waltz along the seashore, going up and down in a gentle and graceful rhythm, like dancing.
    (Descriptive)
  5. A trip to Switzerland is an excellent experience that you will never forget, offering beautiful nature, fun, and sun. Book your vacation trip today.
    (Persuasive)
  6. She hears a hoarse voice, and sees a shadow moving around the balcony. As it moves closer to her, she screams to see a gigantic wolf standing before her.
    (Narrative)
  7. From the garden, the child plucks a delicate rose, touching and cradling it gently as if it is a precious jewel.
    (Descriptive)
  8. What if you vote for me? I ensure you that your taxes will be very low, the government will provide free education, and there will be equality and justice for all citizens. Cast your vote for me today.
    (Persuasive)
  9. The deep blue color of the cat’s eyes is like ocean water on the clearest day you could ever imagine.
    (Descriptive)
  10. The soft hair of my cat feels silky, and her black color sparkles as it reflects sunlight.
    (Descriptive)
  11. This painting has blooming flowers, rich and deep blues on vibrant green stems, begging me to pick them.
    (Descriptive)
  12. Our criminal investigators are famous for recovering clients’ assets, as we not only take your cases but represent truly your interests.
    (Persuasive)
  13. Our headache medicines will give you relief for ten hours, with only one pill – and without any side effects. Try it today.
    (Persuasive)
  14. Tax raising strategy is wrong because it will cripple businesses. We should reduce taxes to boost growth.
    (Persuasive)

Examples of Style in Literature

Here are some examples of different writing styles from literature:

Example #1: The Pleasures of Imagination (By Joseph Addison)

“The pleasures of the imagination, taken in their full extent, are not so gross as those of sense. … A man of polite imagination is let into a great many pleasures … A man should endeavour, therefore, to make the sphere of his innocent pleasures as wide as possible, that he may retire into them with safety … Delightful scenes, whether in nature, painting, or poetry, have a kindly influence on the body, as well as the mind, and not only serve to clear and brighten the imagination, but are able to disperse grief and melancholy …”

This is an example of expository writing style, in which the author describes advantages of imagination with facts and logical sequence, and tells his delight of imagination. Then, he discusses its benefits and finally gives opinions in its favor.

Example #2: Summer Shower (By Emily Dickinson)

“A drop fell on the apple tree,
Another on the roof,
And made the gables laugh,
The breezes brought dejected lutes,
And bathed them in the glee;
And signed the fete away.”

This poem gives an example of descriptive style. Ms. Dickinson describes a summer rainstorm in detail, with beautiful images, so that the readers can visualize this storm in their own minds as if it is actually happening.

Example #3: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (By Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

“It is an ancient Mariner,
And he stoppeth one of three.’
By thy long grey beard and glittering eye,
Now wherefore stopp’st thou me?
The bridegroom’s doors are opened wide,

The guests are met, the feast is set:
Mayst hear the merry din.”

In this poem, Coleridge uses narrative style, as he tells a story about the ancient mariner. He uses dialogues, disputes, actions, and events in a sequence, thus providing a perfect example of the narrative style of writing.

Example #4: Dorian Gray (By Oscar Wilde)

“The studio was filled with the rich odor of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden… The sullen murmur of the bees shouldering their way through… or circling with monotonous insistence…”

This is a good example of descriptive writing style since the author gives visualizations, feelings, description of a location and details about bees that could be seen and heard.

Example #5: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (By Mark Twain)

“Pretty soon it darkened up and begun to thunder and lighten; so the birds was right about it … and here would come a blast of wind that would bend the trees down and turn up the pale underside of the leaves …”

Here, Twain has demonstrated a narrative style, as well as used colloquial words in presenting this passage, as expressed through the voice of a young Southern-American boy.

Example #6: The Raven (By Edgar Allen Poe)

“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary…

And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted – nevermore!”

Here, the poet crafts a story of longing and desolation. The poem reads like a tale, containing a proper beginning, middle, and end. It has narrative elements like characterization, symbols, plot elements, and resolution that make it dramatic.

Example #7: Smoke (By Henry David Thoreau)

“Light-winged Smoke! Icarian bird,
Melting thy pinions in thy upward flight;
Lark without song, and messenger of dawn,
Circling above the hamlets as thy nest;
Or else, departing dream, and shadowy form
Of midnight vision, gathering up thy skirts;
By night star-veiling, and by day
Darkening the light and blotting out the sun;
Go thou, my incense, upward from this hearth,
And ask the gods to pardon this clear flame.”

Thoreau describes the intensity of the smoke that helps form a colorful image in the minds of the readers. He uses metaphor to compare smoke to “incense,” or an “Icarian bird.” He also describes “star-veiling” and “shadowy” and let the readers imagine smoke.

Function of Style

A unique literary style can have great impact on the piece in which it is used, and on the readers. When authors write and put their ideas into words, they have many choices to make, which include: words, sounds, logic, sentence structures. However, different authors use different literary styles that depend on their distinct expression, and their utilization of these choices. And their choices create their niche.

The topic of “Autism” is a tough one

What is Autism?

There is no, “One” type of Autism, but, “Many”.

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States today.

We know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, most influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Because autism is a spectrum disorder, each person with autism has a distinct set of strengths and challenges. The ways in which people with autism learn, think and problem-solve can range from highly skilled to severely challenged. Some people with ASD may require significant support in their daily lives, while others may need less support and, in some cases, live entirely independently.

Several factors may influence the development of autism, and it is often accompanied by sensory sensitivities and medical issues such as gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, seizures or sleep disorders, as well as mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression and attention issues.

Learn the Signs of Autism.

One of the most important things you can do as a parent or caregiver is to learn the early signs of autism and become familiar with the typical developmental milestones that your child should be reaching.

What are the signs of autism?

The timing and intensity of autism’s early signs vary widely. Some infants show hints in their first months. In others, behaviors become obvious as late as age 2 or 3.

Not all children with autism show all the signs. Many children who don’t have autism show a few. That’s why professional evaluation is crucial.

The following may indicate your child is at risk for an autism spectrum disorder. If your child exhibits any of the following, ask your pediatrician or family doctor for an evaluation right away:

By 6 months

  • Few or no big smiles or other warm, joyful and engaging expressions
  • Limited or no eye contact

By 9 months

  • Little or no back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions

By 12 months

  • Little or no babbling
  • Little or no back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving
  • Little or no response to name

By 16 months

  • Very few or no words

By 24 months

  • Very few or no meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating)

At any age

  • Loss of previously acquired speech, babbling or social skills
  • Avoidance of eye contact
  • Persistent preference for solitude
  • Difficulty understanding other people’s feelings
  • Delayed language development
  • Persistent repetition of words or phrases (echolalia)
  • Resistance to minor changes in routine or surroundings
  • Restricted interests
  • Repetitive behaviors (flapping, rocking, spinning, etc.)
  • Unusual and intense reactions to sounds, smells, tastes, textures, lights and/or colors

Indicators of autism usually appear by age 2 or 3. Some associated development delays can appear even earlier, and often, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Research shows that early intervention leads to positive outcomes later in life for people with autism.

Beginning a Brand New Adventure…

So, going on a month, a new adventure began for me. I have taken the position as a Sales Consultant for Power Chevrolet, which is part of the Power Auto Group in the State of Oregon. Power Chevrolet is located in Sublimity, OR. Which is about 12 miles East of Salem, OR, right off Highway 22, take Exit 13 and turn left, then turn left on Sublimity BLVD. We are at the end of the road.

Power Chevrolet – Sublimity, OR

This is all very new territory for me! I have been used to selling trips on private jets, now, selling vehicles to clients who need road transportation. It really has been enjoyable learning this new job. Working closely with people of all walks of life.

Yes, we are a Chevrolet Dealership and we sell both new and used Chevrolets, however, we also sell, pretty much all vehicles that are available to the market place.

We have an amazing selection of trucks.

I have been here for about a month and have been learning alot about the Chevrolet Product and about vehicles and trucks in general.

When a client asks me a question, and if I don’t readily have the answer, I tell them, I’m not sure, but give me a minute and will look into that for you and have an answer for your shortly.

Just being myself, and learning how to sell cars and trucks, it has proven to be a rewarding experience for me. Getting to know people in the local area. And even selling to people at a distance. Sold a Mazda 5 to a lady in Eugene. She saw the car online, called and the next day, we delivered the car to her. It was a great and fun experience.

The two vehicles below, are a couple of little sporty cars that I had the opportunity to sell. The cars were very nice, awesome!, actually and the clients were a blast! They were just all around fun people to work with.

2018 Honda Civic
2012 Dodge Challenger

If you find yourself in the market for the need for a new vehicle, please, keep me in mind, or if you hear of a friend or family member who may need a vehicle, please drop my name if you would, that would be great appreciated.

#powerchevrolet;#findyourroad;#chevroletbyalex

Become an Influential Blogger?! :)

Well… influence is often thought of as popularity. But in reality, popularity is simply the side-effect of another aspect of blogging.

How do we get people to pay attention to what we write?

A blog catches on just like any other idea spreads—it must somehow speak to people in a way that they want to hear.

Your posts must fill a human need, and that will most often be at an emotional level, no matter how practical we think our subject matter is.

The following are five components that I think are essential for a blog to gain traction and influence with its intended audience.

1. Simple

Ultimately, the idea behind your blog must be easy for your target audience to immediately grasp. Your readers must be able to quickly communicate what you and your blog are all about in order for your ideas to spread.

2. Unexpected

Something about what you have to offer must be out of the ordinary. Providing valuable information that seems to be against your own self-interest, like a Realtor blog that details how to sell your own house, may provide that spark that gets people talking (or linking). Or maybe it’s just a completely new perspective on a topic, or a combination of two seemingly unrelated concepts into something fresh.

3. Useful

The information an influential blog provides must be useful to your intended audience. There’s a reason “how to” posts are so popular.

4. Credible

Credibility is crucial to any successful blog, and it’s easier to lose it than it is to earn it. People must not only feel that you know what you’re talking about; they also want to know they can trust you.

5. Story

Here’s how all of the above is communicated and the emotional element that connects with the reader gets added to the mix. The story of your blog must be simple, have an unexpected hook, reflect concrete benefits, and inherently state the credibility of the blog owner, all while triggering an emotional response.

How you say it is important.

But what you say is critical.


If your blog is not performing at the level you desire, or even if you’re simply trying to maintain the success you have and perhaps take it to the next level, keep these five elements in mind.

The Different Types of Customer Service

The Different Types of Customer Service

With so many different ways to offer customer service, whether it be via email, live chat, social media, phone, or self-service, it might seem like there’s an overwhelming amount of types of customer service your business can offer. Each channel could be considered a different type of customer service, but in reality, there are only two types of customer service your business can offer: proactive and reactive. This article will cover various types of customer service, from different support channels to offering proactive and reactive support.

Email

Email is the classic, common, and widespread way customers communicate with companies. With the right software, email can be one of the easiest ways to organize, prioritize, and delegate customer support interactions in one place. What’s so great about email? It’s hard to find someone without an email account, and People can reach out anytime to log an inquiry. Email is also usually the first form of support a business will offer.

Email can also often serve as an internal form of support. Instacart, for example, dedicated internal instances to better support their employee base. The Human Resources, Payroll, and IT teams also use Zendesk Support to handle issues or answer questions for full- and part-time employees.

Live Chat

Live chat

Offering real-time communication as a channel can create a personal connection with customers looking for immediate support. With chat and messaging abilities, agents can engage customers over websites, mobile apps, and even popular messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, Twitter, and LINE. That means you can build the best customer experience on the channels that your customers actually prefer in a fast and effective way—without interrupting their experience.

Chat as a channel can help businesses anticipate customer questions and offer help when—and where—they need it most with chat support. In fact, The number of U.S. online shoppers who use live chat has increased from 38% to 58% over the last five years. More than 2.5 billion consumers use messaging apps, and according to a 2016 Nielsen study, 56 percent of Facebook Messenger users would rather message a business than call.

Instant communication is trending in customer support—especially when more than 53% of shoppers abandon their online purchase if they can’t find a quick answer. Real-time communication in addition to traditional email support can help prevent customers from churning, and, it enables agents to help more customers in less time, which means happier customers.

Customer Service – Social Media

Social media

Social media customer service is the practice of providing consumer support through social media channels like Facebook and Twitter. If your customers are writing about you in social media and those interactions are falling through the cracks of your support infrastructure, it’s time to invest in a solution—because these days an unhappy customer is likely to lodge a complaint on your Twitter or Facebook. Not investing in a solution, or treating social media as outside traditional customer service, can cause companies to lose out on opportunities to engage or respond to public complaints.

The success of social media customer service, like all other types of customer service, depends on the quality of care provided. However, it’s important to remember that social media customer service often takes place in public or near-public environments. Extra care must be taken because these interactions can be broadcast to a customer’s friends and followers, and even their friends and followers. Communications from agents should be timely, accurate, sensitive, brief, and friendly. For more social media tips, read this.

Customer Service – Phone

Customer Service Support Assistance Service Help Guide Concept

Phone

A phone conversation remains a powerful way to solve problems—even in the age of email and social media. When customers get help over the phone, agents can resolve complex issues faster and deliver detailed, personalized support.

Phone support can be expensive when it comes to agent time—however, software with integrated insights can help you better understand how to staff, how many calls agents take, and how ticket volume from your phone channel compares to other channels. With the right software, you can also have the benefit of full customer history, automatic ticket creation, call recording and other time-saving tools.

To offer the best phone support, you’ll need to consider the hours your agents are available to answer calls, greetings and hold music, and routing rules. You can conquer any fears you might have about phone support here.

Customer Service – Self Service

Self-service

Support teams know a lot about customer issues—and the best way to solve them. Unfortunately, more than 20% of agent time is spent looking for info. A collective knowledge base can help tap into that institutional knowledge and aid agents with the information they need to better serve customers. It can also help your business to understand and fill the knowledge gaps your company might have.

Besides, 76% of customers prefer self-service because it offers the least amount of interaction friction. By letting customer help themselves through a help center, online community, or customer service portal, you can reduce customer friction while also improving efficiency and faster resolution. Offering self-service is the new baseline for customer service and a great self-service experience can boost customer satisfaction, reduce support costs, and increase internal agent engagement. According to the experts at Gartner, setting up self-service can reduce support costs by up to 25%.

Omnichannel as the ultimate customer service solution

As seen above, there are various types of customer service your business can offer, and these days it doesn’t cut it to just offer one channel. Now more than ever, companies are offering omnichannel support as their customer service solution. When channels are connected and conversations are seamless, agents are more productive, and information can be shared across your company—and customers have the option to reach out on the channel they prefer most.
In a recent study by Dimensional Research, 28% of customers said multiple communication options are part of a good customer experience and 27% said not being able to contact customer service with their preferred channel contributed to a bad customer experience. Furthermore, 85% said they will use a different contact method if they don’t receive a response from their initial inquiry and 51% said they wait less than an hour before trying another contact method if they haven’t heard back. Customer’s, especially Millennial’s, needs are changing, and good customer service organizations should respond. This means providing current and future customers with the right self-service tools and communication channels.

Proactive vs. reactive support

Channels are important, but the mindset your business has around customer service is more important. Do you wait for customers to come to you with problems, or do you get in front of those issues and proactively solve them?

Reactive support has been the standard: you wait for a customer to contact your business with an inquiry or issue. Proactive engagement, however, is becoming a crucial type of customer service—it means anticipating your customers’ issues and addressing them before your customers do. This can be done through FAQs and self-service pages to emailing your customer about a delay in their shipment. The results? Your customer satisfaction doesn’t dip because your customers stay in the know. See a customer hesitating with items in their cart? Offer help via live chat on your checkout page. Proactive customer support is about identifying and resolving customer issues before your customers have to reach out and before their satisfaction dips.

Customer service is more than the channels you offer

The type of customer service your business offers is more just than just the types of channels on which customers can contact your company. The type of customer service a business can offer has grown to mean how seamlessly connected your agents and your channels are and if you’re offering support before your customers know they need it. In reality, the future of customer experience and the type of customer service you offer is a support team that’s empowered to deliver proactive service on any channel.

Pondering a great many things!

“‘Yet even now,’ declares the Lord, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.’ Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.” Joel 2:12-13

Whether the elements that batter your heart come from someone else suddenly ripping apart your roof of protection, or from your own tearing off of those tiles, there is a helplessness that comes from exposure. That same helplessness often renders us unable to see how to even navigate the storm, let alone cause it to subside.

It is rare that a marriage hits a crisis point as the result of one move of one person. The dance of a marriage is not a dance of one. Intentional or unintentional, malicious or thoughtless, planned or impulsive, both partners are continually making moves and taking steps that either add to the beauty of the dance or choreograph chaos.

When we are at the point of crisis — analysis of moves, assigning blame or demanding change are generally without effect. When the roof has been removed, there is one place to go for covering, to the Lord.

While returning to the Lord rather than facing into the circumstances may feel counterintuitive, it is the covering of His grace, compassion, patience and love that steadies us and gives us wisdom and hope.

In Joel we see the call to come to Him “with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” If the storm within us, the brokenness and repentance, is not commensurate to the storm without, we are unlikely to know or to seek the shelter we need.

Father, sometimes I want to fight, sometimes I want to fix everything, sometimes I just want to run away. Give me the wisdom and the strength to run to You, You who stand in the midst of the storm with me. Give me a heart that is willing to repent and be instructed, and give me the grace to trust Your heart.

A hopefilled Prayer to Heal Broken Marriages

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:2-3, NIV)

These verses and our marital promises look perfectly applicable and fulfillable in the gold script of our wedding programs and pictures that hold the smiles and love that permeated the day we said, “I do.” Though no one walks down the aisle intending for it all to fall apart, marriages are shattered daily. Paul’s advice to the Ephesians is hard to live out in daily life, especially when reality doesn’t align with the pages of marital bliss we read through while planning our futures.

When the bottom falls out, and our trust is wiped off the map of our marriages, these verses look like impossibilities and unrealistic expectations. Putting another person in the light of this verse knocks if off-skew. We were never meant to worship another person, nor seek safety and completion in one. Two become one in marriage, but marriage itself is a reflection of God’s love for His church. His love for us. Christ in us comes first, and when it doesn’t, the rest of our relationships are set up to derail.

There are no perfect solutions to fix broken marriages. We live in a broken world full of broken people, broken promises, and broken trust. But there is One who can be trusted. One Whose promises are always fulfilled. One who loves us for who we are, right where we are …brokenness and all. In moments of marital agony, heartbreak, and suffering, we are never alone. One day at a time, one prayer at a time, He will pull us through to the future we cannot see.

Don’t be quick to write the conclusion before He’s finished speaking, and know that even if the worst happens, He is still God. He is still good. And we are still loved.

Let’s pray.

Trust and Worship God

Father,

Sovereign, omnipotent, all-knowing. These are the big and complicated words that describe who You are. Never fully able to grasp how deep and wide and long Your love is for us, we humbly praise You today for who You are. Whether or not we meet you in moments of clarity or confusion, You are God. You are good. You are sovereign, omnipotent, all-knowing. When the world is unfair to us You are fair to defend us. As we unravel, You rewind the spool. What we cannot see, You have already gone before and prepared for us.

So good are You God, that even when no words or feelings of joy are flitting to the surface or permeating our minds, the Holy Spirit is faithful to stir in us three words of hope: “Don’t give up.”

Be Honest with God

Father, we understand that we live in a broken world, and sometimes marriage doesn’t flesh out in the way You purposed it to. We fail each other and fail You, so often. But miraculously, You love us no less. You never give up on us. It’s never too late, even when we feel it’s too late for our marriages. We’re feeling that way, today, Father – like it’s too late. We are ready to throw our arms in the air and give up. We feel given up on, misunderstood, and hurt beyond repair.

When trust has been broken into too many pieces to glue back together, how do we come back together?

The hurt and pain in our hearts threatens to squeeze our eyes dry of tears, and the misery of loneliness fills the air even when in good company. Chipped and stripped, lost and lonely, we revisit our wedding vows and weep for what has been tainted and torn. Peace seems to elude us. Harmony is on the run. All we have left is to run to Your capable arms and weep at Your feet for what to do next.

You have to Surrender Your Heart and Your Marriage to God

Today, we give our marriages to You. Forgive us for putting them and our spouses before You. Forgive us for putting ourselves as well as our desires and plans for the future before You and Yours.

Search our hearts, Lord. Convict us and clear out all the hardness and ick that is clogging up the flow of Love in our lives. Reset our relationship with You. Restore our hope in Jesus Christ and open our minds and hearts to the healing truth that only He can rush into our lives in these moments of madness.

Give us the strength to be brave. Replace the fear of what might happen and what the future might hold with Christ-centered courage. We can’t be strong right now. We are broken and barely breathing. But You, the living God, in us, are our strength.

Through the Holy Spirit of the One True God, empower us with humility, gentleness, patience, peace, and unity (Ephesians 4:2-3). Curb our anger from morphing into bitterness and hatred. Forgive us for the times we lose our tempers and our sanity towards our spouse.

Have Faith in God

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:2-3, NIV)

Father, these things in Ephesians seem impossible right now. All of the things these verses say are things we cannot do apart from You. But we vow today, to have faith in You. We promise to trust You through the brokenness and heartbreak, trusting that it will not last forever. The process of forgiveness will begin in our hearts this very moment, but we will leave restoration and reconciliation in Your hands.

Take it all – our marriage and our lives. We have come to the end of ourselves and the ability to repair what has been broken in ourselves, our spouses, and our marriages. We are taking a backseat to Your sovereignty. Break it all if you must, in order to restore completely what has been lost. As we walk through the unknown state of our futures, we are believing You for who You say You are.

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’” (Jeremiah 29:11-13, NIV)

Come Lord Jesus. Into our lives with miraculous healing.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.