When people said the pen is mightier than the sword, we might have thought how untrue it was. Not all of us who write get noticed and what changes can it make? We might not know. A revolution starts small. Starts with one and moves through the crowd. With writing it is just the same. You don’t need all the strong ties in the world to support your piece or make it popular. But, we should know what goes in and what should not with the context one is talking about. When writing a revolutionary article it should make the reader cry, cringe at the unfairness and create a spark. If not, it is just a stagnant piece penned. In comparison, a child scribbling on a paper. If the reader cannot relate, it is of no use because we tap into the relatable and emotional (let’s not get scientific as this is written for the general public who don’t like reading tedious passages about the anatomy of the brain) areas of the brain. One wouldn’t read a piece if it is no relation to them in whatever forte they work in.
I’m an amateur blogger and writing is just my hobby. The language isn’t my first language and neither am I spectacularly proficient at this job. But to captivate a reader one must keep the habit of writing intact. With flaws, we learn. Remember to start anything one must make it into a habit. That is how you perfect it. The key to being a good writer is reading all kinds of literature. Read the hits and misses and analyze what the crowd wants. This is one of the best kind of work we can do to know our work.
HOW TO WRITE (ACADEMIC AND ANYTHING):
- Know your content
- Plan it. Keep a scratch paper and draft the things you want to go inside your literary piece.
- Brainstorm your ideas.
- Keep your facts up to date ( no one likes reading assumptions without facts laid down, I DON’T). An incoherent piece of information is better off in the garbage than in the hands of the reader. To prove your assumption quote something similar that happened previously and where you derived your opinion from. WORKS.
- Organize your content. (sometimes what we think is important isn’t for the other person, for that read through related papers and essays). Scientific articles need more work on this aspect. Unless you know the subject you cannot pen it. NEVER.
- Start writing in the simple language. (The simpler, the easier to understand, we can connect with people having language barriers as well)
- Don’t write in your dullest or happiest of moods. (NEVER, this gives you satisfaction but NO, it never gels). Writing needs its fair share of time, it’s not something to do in absolute extremes of your mood.
- Always remember to write, edit and post an article as simple as this takes up to 2 hours. So allocate your time.
- Workaround the content. Writing is like playing around but with words. Write to please yourself and to resonate with the reader. Read your content like a reader and write passionately like a writer. That’s how it works.
- This might not be true for academic articles but otherwise, try to oscillate with your reader’s emotions. Remember any article for a cause or change should resonate with an emotion of the person, it triggers them to feel you. The brain is complex and tapping into emotions with writing is an art that one can master by writing constantly. Otherwise, just seek out for a writer. Tip: The more you tap into emotions the more people tend to remember things.
- DON’T plagiarise. Many of us do it unintentionally but DO NOT TRY copying sentences and pasting them. We all are capable enough to write grammatically incorrect sentences, though it’s not appealing at first with constant help and practice we can get there.
- Acknowledge your sources. No ARTIST, WRITER, SCIENTIST or anyone for that matter like their work going up without being cited. We all work for credits at the end of the day.
- Many people try to read half-baked information and like pulling it up in their articles, do not do this. You need not know it all. You don’t need to show off. It’s okay to learn. Make sure with whatever you write you can answer from any nook and corner of the information you’ve given.
- Make sure you give a proper introduction to your piece, I personally hate skimming through the whole piece when it sounds relatable and it isn’t. It is just time waste and time is more precious than any diamond in this world. KNOW THAT.
- Don’t use complex words. Do your basic research as to who your readers are. We all like showing off our thesaurus skills don’t we? What use is it when the person who you’re communicating cannot relate to it? The whole thesaurus is trash in that case. Do your research on which group you’re targeting to write to.
- Last but not the least. PROOFREAD, once, twice and thrice. We find errors, we find our own loopholes by going through the same piece or anything over and over again. Even I miss out on this because for me my piece is too good to be criticized.
- When someone says it’s wrong listen to their opinion. Accepting or declining that suggestion is your call at the end of the day. Don’t get disheartened. At the end what we feel is right is what gives us satisfaction. It’s okay to be open to perspectives. At the end that is what shapes us to be better.
Also, whenever you spot someone writing, don’t consider their work to be unimportant( to someone of another field some other field of work is irrelevant but RESPECT THAT). Writing is difficult. Creative writing is more difficult. Respect their space. Don’t be harsh with criticisms. With better writing and with better clarity of thoughts, we can move crowds. Writing is an art by itself so RESPECT IT.