Word Choice, Creativity, and Style in Writing

Fashion is the most dominant style in a particular society at a given time. Fashion relates to new styles: it refers to familiar ways of dressing throughout a particular era. The fashion industry also takes into account the current prevailing trends.


Certain terms are often used interchangeably to describe different styles. These terms are described below:

The most common term that describes a style is “wear.” This simply means that clothing is designed to be worn. The term is widely used throughout the industry; however, there are some differences among various writing styles. Some style manuals specify the style as the word choice instead of describing a style as the actual content of a garment.

Some manuals specify the style or type of clothing when one author describes it as a type of wear and then another author uses the word choice to describe it as a style. For instance, an article may be written as follows: A dress is a popular style. That means that the article is designed for wear by either a man or a woman. If one author chooses the term dress and another author chooses the term casual, then the article is technically a casual style, even though it is written under the heading of a style. The use of such a word choice distinction enables the two authors to take their descriptions of different styles and apply them to the same piece of writing.

Creative writing styles differ from each other, just like many subjects, in the way that people perceive them. Different styles or sub-styles exist within our culture and those who write under various labels (such as humorous, creative writing, etc.) tend to move away from being identified as part of a “creative” sub-style. Many readers can identify a humorous writing style simply because of its use of language, while some may not consider humorous writing styles to be “creative,” even if they share the authors’ use of words.

Creative writing styles are constantly changing, evolving, and at times breaking all the rules that have been in place for years. These changes sometimes surprise both the writer and the reader, who can sense a certain change in the language and in the meaning of a sentence only after the writer has written it. However, many of us continue to read word choices, spellings, and phrases (even word choices within words) in order to determine whether a writing style can be described as creative or not.