Up until now I really only used (and knew) 3 different styles of writing: academic, the 500-word Web article and personal blogging.
I may be a good writer in those three categories, but now I am facing a potentially unhappy client because I don’t know how to write informational/publicity brochures.
In composition and rhetoric theory, this is called the rhetorical situation. Who are you writing for? Why are you writing? What information, emotion, etc., are you trying to convey? I understand the rhetorical situation for this assignment, and yet it’s really difficult for me to match the language.
Once I read an article that said that when people don’t know a topic in depth, they tend to write badly. This seems too true now.
How would you manage a situation where your style doesn’t fit your assignment? How do you learn new styles, how do you adapt to new rhetorical situations?