4: Subtleties of Reading and Writing - Author’s Style
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We have been working with text on a basic level simply figuring out how the author has communicated directly (how they organized their work, and what it is they are trying to convey.) This is an important set of reading skills, and you will use this in many areas of your life, including academia. Writers also use this understanding of basic communication in order to reach their intended audiences. There is another quite important role here for using basic comprehension and composition strategies; these form a vital skill set as the basis for higher level thinking skills such as analysis, evaluation, and creativity.
The important thing about author’s style is that we need to pay attention to the author’s use of subtleties in order to better comprehend. English language is filled with nuances. Authors get their meaning across by using a number of tools –inference, word choice, use of facts, and use of opinions. This section focuses upon these.