Nonfictional expository prose writing is an especially important kind of prose;
writing that's written with the sole objective of exposing
information, data, facts, or ideas. It takes its name from the following senses
and forms of the word expose:
Generally speaking, there are two types of nonfictional expository prose writing:
In this type of expository prose writing, the writer offers
data, ideas, opinions or other kinds of material aimed at convincing a
readership concerning the merits or truth of the writer's personal
position about a specific, narrow topic. For this reason, this kind of
expository prose writing is usually written in the first person.
In this type of writing, the writer's views are at center stage. He makes it clear
that his own opinions are being offered. He may back up his opinions by
stating the views of others. He may cite facts, data, or
the opinions of authorities to substantiate his claims and convince
a readership of his personal conclusions or opinions.
Writing style is an important aspect of this type of writing because
good writing has an important role to play in convincing others of a
cause, idea, or fact.
An essay is a good example of this kind of expository writing because
it is a short literary composition on a particular theme or subject,
usually in prose and generally analytic, speculative, or interpretative.
The goal of the objective expository prose writer is to reveal
information, data, facts, or ideas, usually on a narrow topic, without
introducing his own point of view, prejudices, opinions, or himself. For
this reason, this kind of expository prose is usually written in the third
There is no room for the writer's point of view. Indeed, except,
perhaps, for a byline, a writer of expository prose should avoid even the
suggestion that anyone was personally involved in producing the written
material. Good expository prose writing comes across to the reader as if
it wrote itself.
The sole objective of this kind of writing is to objectively covey ideas, facts, and
information effectively and efficiently. The writing style is economical; it
employs enough words to clearly and unambiguously convey its information
content to the reader, and no more. Text or illustrations only belong on
the page if they carry
data or factual information relevant to the topic or if they help organize
and clarify the exposition.
A well-written article in a scientific journal is a good example of
this kind of expository prose writing because it will be objective,
factual, and to the point.