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DEFINITIONS/PURPOSES
FOR THE
MODES OF WRITING

Modes of writing, forms of writing, types of writing, domains of writing. Whatever you want to call them, there are different categories for writing. Each mode has a specific purpose. There are four basic modes, descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive. For the intent of this page, I have added a fifth mode for creative writing. These basic modes can then be broken down into subcategories. I have tried to list subcategories here as well, but I am still in the process of collecting them. If you have some ideas or suggestions, please send me an email message.

BASIC MODES:

Creative Writing

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The primary purpose of creative writing is to entertain the reader.

Descriptive Writing

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The primary purpose of descriptive writing is to describe a person, place, or event so that the topic can be clearly seen in the reader's mind. The writer must use vivid details that paint a picture for the reader.

Expository Writing

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The primary purpose of expository writing is to provide information such as an explanation or directions.

Narrative Writing

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The primary purpose of narrative writing is to describe an experience, event, or sequence of events in the form of a story.

Persuasive Writing

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The primary purpose of persuasive writing is to give an opinion and try to influence the reader's way of thinking with supporting evidence.

SUBCATEGORIES:

Argumentative Writing

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This form of persuasive writing has a primary purpose of making a statement that the reader will disagree with, then supporting the statement with specific details that will convince the reader of the truth of the statement

Business Writing

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This form of expository writing has a primary purpose of communicating with others in the work place.

Comparison and Contrast Writing

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This form of expository writing has a primary purpose of showing the similarities and differences between two subjects.

Expressive Writing

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This form of creative writing has a primary purpose of sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings on the topic.

Informative Writing

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This form of expository writing has a primary purpose of providing information in a clear, concise manner.

Literary Response

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This form of expository writing has a primary purpose of providing a personal reaction to a piece of literature.

Personal Narrative Writing

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This form of narrative writing has a primary purpose of sharing an experience or event from the author's own life.

Poetry

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This form of creative writing has a primary purpose of imaginatively reflecting on a subject, idea, or event. This is usually done in stanzas rather than paragraphs.

Process Writing

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This form of expository writing has a primary purpose of explaining the steps or procedure of something.

Reaction Writing

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This form of expository writing has a primary purpose of providing a personal response to something.

Research Writing

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This form of expository writing has a primary purpose of reporting new information that has been learned by studying available resources.

Technical Writing

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This form of expository writing has a primary purpose of conveying technical information in a simple, no-nonsense manner.

 

 

 

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