Login
Copyright

Objective Writing: Definition & Examples

An error occurred trying to load this video.

Try refreshing the page, or contact customer support.

Coming up next: Reflective Writing: Definition & Examples

You're on a roll. Keep up the good work!

Take Quiz Watch Next Lesson
 Replay
Your next lesson will play in 10 seconds
  • 0:00 Definition of…
  • 0:51 How To Write Objectively
  • 2:00 Examples
  • 4:53 Lesson Summary
Add to Add to Add to

Want to watch this again later?

Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course.

Login or Sign up

Timeline
Autoplay
Autoplay
Create an account to start this course today
Try it free for 5 days!
Create An Account

Recommended Lessons and Courses for You

Lesson Transcript
Instructor: Bryanna Licciardi

Bryanna has received both her BA in English and MFA in Creative Writing. She has been a writing tutor for over six years.

Literally meaning 'uninfluenced by personal feelings in representing facts,' objective writing strives to do just that. This lesson will discuss the purpose of objective writing, as well as show you how to both identify and use it to your advantage, through examples and quizzing.

Definition of Objective Writing

Objective writing is writing that you can verify through evidence and facts. If you are writing objectively, you must remain as neutral as possible through the use of facts, statistics, and research. This type of writing is best used when you as a writer need to present unbiased information to an audience and then let them determine their own opinion. News reports and school textbooks often use objective writing.

It's important to differentiate objective writing from subjective writing, which is writing that you cannot evaluate, calculate, or verify. Subjective writing might express feelings, opinions, and judgments. This would come in handy for writing a personal essay or an opinion column for a paper, but should not be used when the goal is to simply inform the audience.

How to Write Objectively

To keep your writing objective, try to follow these tips:

  • Be specific instead of vague or general. Rather than writing: 'almost everyone voted for him,' write: '82% of the company voted for him.'
  • Do not use opinionated, prejudiced, or exclusive language. Rather than writing: 'men and girls,' write: 'men and women.' Keep both equal, and keep both genders listening to you.
  • Avoid using first person to keep it more professional and less about you. Rather than writing: 'I believeā€¦' try using a fact or credible source to prove your point like: 'According to Smith (1999).'
  • Try not to over exaggerate your writing. It can help to never use words such as 'really,' 'always,' 'never,' or 'very.' These words can make your writing appear falsified or weak. Rather than writing: 'the race was really close,' be more informational by writing: 'the race was close enough to demand two recounts.'

Examples

Because it's important to understand the difference, and because some writers often use both subjective and objective writing styles, you should be able to distinguish which type of writing is which. To make it easy, let's simplify it to:

  • Objective writing is fact-driven
  • Subjective writing is opinion-driven

For objective writing, you should be wondering: Can you prove it? Has the writer proven it? Is this the writer's opinion, or is it factual information? Consider these questions for the following example: 'The company's president is an idiot. Anyone can see that.'

This example is subjective because the writer is not providing any information that can be supported. 'Anyone' can't see it because the writer didn't provide evidence. The statement is based on the writer's opinion of the president and, if anything, can be argued in the same manner by someone who favors the president.

It's important to understand the strength in writing objectively. When leading with facts and information, it makes it hard for your audience to disagree. Why claim the president is an idiot if you can't prove it? People will be less inclined to listen to you, and you will lose your credibility. Since credibility is essential for any writer trying to present a point, let's consider how we could show the company president is an idiot through evidence.

'In one year, the company's president has fired 60% of his leading executives, received 25 sexual harassment complaints from female staff members, and lost the company's number one ranking in the state.' This sentence is now objective because it gets the same idea across, that the president is an idiot, but rather than making the claim and calling him the name, the rewrite lets the facts speak for the writer. An audience will be more inclined to support and believe the writer because the writer has used evidence instead of making the word 'idiot' do all of the work.

Here are a few more examples of how to make a subjective statement more objective:

To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member.
Create your account

Register for a free trial

Are you a student or a teacher?
I am a teacher
What is your educational goal?
 Back

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 10 million people use Study.com

Become a Study.com member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 95 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 2,000 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it free for 5 days!
Create An Account
Support