The style of a piece can be described in a number of ways, such as balanced, logical, succinct or convoluted.

Definition and effect on reader

Style refers not to the tone or look of a piece, but what type of writing is being employed. For example, a piece can have an authoritative or outraged tone while being written in a formal or formulaic style. Different styles are more appropriate for certain formats and audiences.

The format of a piece relates to its style, which can be another useful analysis tool in describing why a piece is the way it is and how it persuades readers.