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Writing Prose- An Overview of the Types of Prose by Patricia M Hines

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.

Patricia M. Hines invites you to visit her at her new personal web-site about her personal writing experiences, trials and successes. There are also great writing tips and prompts at [http://Patricia-Hines.com]


About jcladyluv

Jimmetta Carpenter is the Editor and Creator of the Free Fall Literary E-Zine and the Spoken Like A Queen E-Zine. She has dedicated herself to the power of the words and given into her passion for writing and has been writing poetry officially since the age of ten. She has a book of poetry titled “The Art of Love” published through lulu.com under the pen name Gemini. She is currently finishing up with her first novel and already working on her second. In 1998 she had her poem “Rest In Peace” published in an anthology put out by the International Library of Poetry and in the Spring of 2007 will have another poem titled “Through The Eyes of an Angel” published in another anthology also put out by the International Library of Poetry. She was also awarded the Editor’s Choice Award for that poem as well. She is looking forward to having a very long and rewarding career in writing and hopes that through living out her dreams she can inspire someone else out there to realize theirs. Her advice to other up and coming authors is to NEVER stop believing N your dreams and don’t ever be afraid to dream big. Jimmetta can be contacted by sending her an e-mail at freefall_lbp@yahoo.com or jcladyluv@yahoo.com.

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