Mastering the ability to write effectively is a big deal. On a daily basis, different individuals the world over are making money just for writing. Some write for newspapers and magazines, others write for the internet. Some write fictions, others make money by writing non-fiction articles. There are those who make money too from writing for political office holders while others earn their living by writing few words as advertising copy writers.
The level of achievement you record in the writing world is derived from the level of skills you have been able to acquire as a writer. This article is meant for greenhorns who are new to writing and for professionals who are not tired of learning.
Understand The Language
Being educated is not the same as understanding a language. While you may go to a university in Russia and understand the Russian language, you have to learn and master English language if you want to communicate with people speaking it. Even if you know little or nothing about the language you want to write with initially, your interest will make you learn how to communicate effectively in the language.
Aspiring writers who feel they have acquired the basics of the language they want to write with, can go a step further by grooming themselves on the grammatical construction. They need to know the punctuation and how they can be used in a sentence. When a punctuation is not properly placed in a sentence, it could give the whole paragraph a different message from what the writer intended.
A good writer is a good reader. The more you read, the more you broaden your horizon. You have to be interested in everything that goes on around you. Reading wide will help you master the language you are writing with and help you stay updated about current trends.
Reading wide can serve as a mental exercise that helps to boost your creativity. It can also serve as muse when you run out of ideas. When you read wide, you will be able to adopt different styles of writing that you have gleaned from different authors.
Learn to do Research
Research here does not necessarily have to be the scientific survey that social scientists engage in. It is about searching for the truth on the subject you are writing on and presenting it to your audience.
It is necessary that you understand the subject of writing, else you will become a subject of derision from readers who are versed in it. Your aim of writing is not just to feed the readers with words, but to let them know things that they were probably unaware of prior to your writing. Readers come to you to learn, so do not disappoint them by writing shallow materials that is not well researched.
Even if you are writing a fiction, you must present a true to life situation that your readers can find believable though interesting. They will be inclined to progress with reading your article when they see that you are making points that are undeniable.
Outline Your ideas First
The best way to know if you can develop a topic is by outlining subtopics from it first. If the subtopics are reasonable enough, you can go ahead to develop the main ideas underneath each of them.
When you outline, you will not quickly derail from the central idea you are trying to develop and you will be able to carry your readers along with you easily.
Be Sequential in Arrangements
Irrespective of the genre of writing, it is advisable that you develop your points sequentially. This means that every paragraph written must contain ideas that the next paragraph will complement or continue.
Haphazard arrangement in writing will only get your readers confused at best. It will tell them that you do not know what you are writing about, that they can do the writing better.
When you write under duress, you will not be at your best. When you have become worn out and tired as a result of writing or some other activities, it is best you quit writing and rest before you continue. Your mental ability and capacity are best restored when you have become refreshed after sleeping.
So, take sometime off even if you have a deadline to beat. A nap of few minutes will not slow you down, it will only make you work faster and better.
Welcome Up-building Criticism
An article that appears impressive to you the writer may not be that okay to other readers. The only way to determine this is by seeking the opinion of others who have more experience in writing than you do. When they tend to criticism your writing, see it as an opportunity to better your work, do not look at it from the negative perspectives.
Even when you believe that you have been meticulous enough in scrutinizing your work, there may be errors that you might have overlooked while writing. Sometimes, such errors can only be seen by a neutral individual.
Even experienced writers still have to consult editors to ensure that their work is void of grammatical and other errors as much as possible.
Just like any other skill, the art of writing can only be made better through consistent writing. When you write frequently, you get to flow faster each time time you put your pen to paper to write a new article.
As you ascend the ladder of professional writing, hard work, persistence and open mindedness will surely get you to your destination. You will come to agree with many others who believe that writers can be made even if they were not born writers.