Writing is a skill and a talent. A lot of people think they'd make good writers and then a small fraction of these people make it as one.
There are a few key pointers in play that really define the writer's ability. It's not just a communication, it's a sculpture of personal energy. A word is an abstract symbol in sound for a concept. Our minds can interpret the sound into its concept without us thinking. If you've ever learned a foreign language you may remember when the words didn't flow for you and you needed to think about them. It's this thought about our words that actually makes a huge difference when we write with purpose. Here's a few key points to think about while choosing your words.
Pick the right words. Are you sure that what you are writing means what you want it to mean? Sometimes we fall into habits of using phrasing and skewered meanings because it's what those around us are doing. Cliche and slang appear everywhere and we don't always recognise it straight away. Be clear and concise. Say what you mean and say it with words that point the right way.
Read more often. We learn words by hearing them in use. Sometimes we forget words until we hear them. When-ever you find a great word, write it down so you can use it sometime. The way other people write can really helps us to see where we can improve. When we read techniques of information delivery and objective description then these concepts and styles can be transferred into our own works. Our vocabulary is like a selection of paints. When we learn a new word or a new way of writing it's like being given a new colour or a new brush.
Pay Attention. Surrounding ourselves in stories and actions gives us a huge array of ideas and prompts that can help us to frame our writing. We respond better to information when it is made to feel relevant to us. If we can frame our writing in a way that communicates its relevance then more people will pay attention to us.
Be Imaginative. Where as finding common ground with the world in general is vital for relevance, for originality we have to think creatively. Why listen to you when the same thing is being said elsewhere? We have to bring something new to the table, something imaginative and brave.
Don't Stop Writing. You need to write and write. Every time you write you'll be using the parts of the brain that are needed. This mental exercise will improve your ability over time. You will find a natural groove that becomes automatic and habitual. Once we learn great habits with effective purpose, these will translate into our end results.
Learn To Be Your Own Critic. No-one likes to be criticised, it feels horrible unless it's done positively. When you want to be a great anything, you need to be able to see what makes it less than great. In normal situations then we don't need to be perfectionist or highly critical, however in professional and purposeful situations then we have to iron out all the creases. We need clean, pressed clothes.
Have A Clear Mind. You need focus and direction with your thoughts. Having a calm and clear direction towards your point of purpose means that we don't want to sidetrack or twist the rhetoric around. Everything we communicate has to be pointing the same way. The sequence of information matters too, there has to be a reasonable transition from one point of reference to another. We may already know the whole picture but the readers may not. So make sure that things are put in the right order for everything to make sense.
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