A Few Writing Tips...
Writing may seem a laborious task to some of us; however, it helps you to communicate and reach out to a large audience. Adopting a few simple writing tips can help attract maximum attention.
- Know your audience: The first step would be to determine your target audience. Is the topic of your writing specialized or generalized? If specialized, you would not have to elaborate much, as your targeted reader would already have some background knowledge about the topic. But if you wish to reach out to a larger audience that may not be totally familiar with your subject, you would need to provide more context, avoid jargons, and ensure that your writing facilitates the understanding of a broader audience. You also need to consider whether your readers would be native English speakers or those for whom English is a second language.
- Maintain a formal tone: Informal language is mostly used while speaking. Ensure that you avoid casual and informal language in your writing. The use of contractions (e.g., shouldn’t, can’t), emojis, slang, and beginning sentences with short co-ordinating conjunctions (e.g., also, but) is considered informal. You can use a thesaurus to find formal synonyms.
- Write short sentences: Long run-on sentences are confusing. Shorter sentences help in retaining the reader’s interest and convey ideas more precisely and directly. They thus facilitate better understanding.
- Avoid redundancy: Words that have the same meaning (e.g., basic fundamentals) and sentences that repeat the same thoughts are said to be redundant. Avoiding redundancies would make your writing concise, which again helps to retain reader interest.
- Create white space: “White space” refers to the absence of text on a page. Lengthy blocks of text can overwhelm and tire the reader. White spaces are used as fillers to offer relief to the reader’s eye. Using lists and paragraphs helps in breaking down information, which has a calming effect on readers and preserves their interest.
- Edit your writing: Once you have a final draft, go through it several times; edit what you have written in terms of grammar, punctuation, redundancy, and conciseness. Put yourself in the reader’s shoes and check if this is an article you would yourself want to read and whether you find it engaging.
- Get feedback: Request your friends or colleagues, who are proficient in the English language, to review your writing before publishing. They may identify errors that you have missed, and their suggestions and feedback would help you further improve your writing.
While these tips would certainly help, to be a successful writer, you need to keep learning, keep, growing, keep going.