Write it now part 31: the style and the rhythm

Matthew Wright

One of the distinct skills of writing is styling. Styling is key to any writing because it gives identity – the fingerprint of an author’s writing, unique and distinctive – and obvious, to those who know what to look for.

It’s from that sort of analysis that we know William Shakespeare’s works weren’t written by Shakespeare, but by another playwright with the same name.

Joking aside, it was from a statistical analysis of word pattern and distribution that one study associated ‘Robert Galbraith’ with J K Rowling, shortly before she was revealed as the actual author. But you don’t need a computer to analyse style; it’s a long-practised human art.  If you’ve read enough material – know enough about the mechanics of written English – it’s not difficult to figure out whether a particular author wrote something.

The reasons why that’s possible run to the heart of styling as an…

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