One day, you decide to write a blog post or an article. To begin with, do you know what ‘flawless writing skills’ means?
In early years of school, we had definitely learnt about the basics of English Grammar, with our sole reference guide ‘Wren & Martin’. But, as we grow up, we reduce the practice of writing as a result the lessons learnt tend to fade away. As it is truly said, ‘Practice makes a man perfect’, so keep writing on a daily basis. Similar to a physical workout routine, the discipline of writing 100 words daily is a good practice.
#1 – Accurate grammar: Unfortunately, text messages like SMS, Whatsapp, etc has developed acronyms such as FYI, ROFL, LOL etc. However, in professional writing you need to brush up your vocabulary and grammar. So, go back to your Wren & Martin. Emphasize on punctuation, parts of speech, and most importantly, tenses.
#2 – Proper flow: An article comprises of three major sections: Introduction, Body, Conclusion. Further, the body can be divided into various sub-sections that support the viewpoint of the writer. Often, you might be distracted by external environments or too many different thoughts at a single instance.
#3 – In-depth research: You must be familiar with the concept of beg, borrow, steal. Writers sometimes apply this technique. You may conduct a secondary research through articles already published on the Web. But, the secret of a good writer lies in how he/she blends the content, from multiple sources, to create a distinct article. Ideally, you must refer to 4-5 top resources on a single topic and then write.
#4 – Unique point of view: With a sudden rise of bloggers across the globe, huge amount of content is available to readers. Avoiding plagiarism is the first key to success in writing a good article. Secondly, maintaining a unique writing style establishes the writer’s brand.
#5 – Short, crisp concise paragraphs (not exceeding 4 lines): In a fast-paced life, people do not like to read long paragraphs. Instead, you must practice writing short paragraphs that communicate the meaning clearly. Avoid using jargons, because readers do not have the time to refer to a lexicon. Ideal length of a reader-friendly paragraph is 4 lines. Try to stick to it.
My advice to first-time writers: Read more to become a better writer. Reading gives you different perspectives of the same topic. Moreover, it expands your vista of knowledge which helps you explore your creative writing skills. Try to connect with the reader through your writing.
Devika Das is Senior Content Writer at Kellton Tech Solutions Limited.
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