Prose is the name of what most of us do, in one form or another, every day. If you think that you don’t write prose, think again. If you wrote a note, a letter, an email, a report for work, or wrote in your journal, diary or blog or even made a post on the web, chances are that you have written prose. Unless the writing you did was exclusively a poem, you have written prose.

Prose is writing that resembles everyday speech. The word “prose” came to us from the Latin word-“prosa” which literally translates to “straightforward”.

We use prose on a daily basis it is the normal writing that we read and write.It is meaningful and grammatical, written or spoken language without metrical structure or the rhyme characteristics of poetry or verse.

The only writing that is not prose is poetry of all types. Written prose does not contain rhyming, and consists of very little embellishment.

Examples of prose are:

  • Short Stories
  • Factual or Non-fiction Prose
  • Letters
  • Novels
  • Diaries
  • Plays
  • Newspaper Columns
  • Articles
  • History
  • Biography
  • sermons
  • Journals
  • Personal Essays
  • Technical Writing
  • Legends
  • Fable
  • Myth
  • Epic

Many technical writers object to having their detailed and exact writing classified as prose right beside Fairy Tales. Although the writing styles are greatly different both types of writing are prose.

General Guidelines for writing are:

  1. Be concise, brief: say what you want to say
  2. Be precise, specific and avoid ambiguities; be clear use personal pronouns and do not write in general terms. The reader should feel confidence that he has read factual information and not be in doubt of what he just read.
  3. Prefer the active voice; it is much more useful and easier to apply the information that uses the active voice.
  4. Prefer the Present tense; try to avoid the passive voice, except where it is absolutely required.
  5. Avoid being too technical, even in technical writing, the reader’s ability to understand and apply what he has read is your priority.
  6. Follow rules of writing (grammar).

The following types of publications use prose:

  • Books
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • E-zines
  • Encyclopedias
  • Broadcast Media
  • Films
  • Letters
  • Philosophy
  • Text Books
  • Non-fiction Books

In conclusion, prose is the customary style of writing that we normally use in both writing and speaking. The writing style varies from formal or casual, business or personal, creative or factual even academic or technical.

Relax, enjoy reading prose, writing prose and even speaking prose. It is our usual form of communication.

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