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BEING A GOOD WRITER
Transcript of BEING A GOOD WRITER
You may prefer to write in long or short sessions. Write a short paragraph or an entire page. See which works better for you.
Write a lot every day.
Regular reading will influence your style, taste, background, and ideas. It will also help expand your vocabulary and improve your grammar.
Read all sorts of things.
Jot down all the ideas that occur to you, including the ones that will probably never work.
Have 2 notebooks.
Join online or neighborhood writing groups.
You will become a more proficient writer as you help people.
Read the daily newspaper. Purchase a reliable dictionary and thesaurus. Your short story will not be nearly as exciting if every character walks everywhere and says every line of dialogue. A comprehensive vocabulary can help bring your stories and poems to life, enabling you to better describe the world around you.
Good grammar can mean the difference between a sentence that is graceful and translucent and a sentence that is awkward and ambiguous. When you first put your ideas on paper, you should try to write quickly so that you do not forget any of them. Be sure to focus on proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation in the revision process, though. Dangling modifiers and faulty parallelism can reduce clarity as well as the overall quality of your writing.
Use good grammar.
In your "Vocabulary Notebook", write down new words and their meanings as well as mnemonic devices (memory aids) to help you learn them. You may also want to write down some example sentences.
In the "Inspirational Notebook", write down bits and pieces from your daily life, such as a fun conversation that you overheard in the mall, or a joke that you were told by a friend. This can also be a diary or a journal. When you read something that makes you laugh or think, or tempts you to read aloud, look at what makes it effective.
Brainstorm before starting to write.
In order to focus your writing, begin with the main idea. While thinking about what to write, put down any idea that comes to you, even if it seems far-fetched or unlikely to be successful. One not-so-good idea may lead to a better one.
Plan your writing.
Use whatever technique works best for you. You can make an outline, put a collection of notes on cards and arrange them until they are in order, or draw a tree or map. It is possible to rapidly organize a broad topic with a tree or map structure. Try writing nonstop for ten minutes and see how many ideas you can think of.
Write as quickly as you can for
the first draft.
Try typing without looking at the keyboard. Do not pause to correct grammar, spelling, or punctuation. Write at least a few paragraphs before going back and correcting or editing.
Be well-informed about your subject.
Your research will make your fictional or nonfictional writing seem that much more real. You can use reading materials such as books, magazines, and online articles and also interview knowledgeable people. You may even be inspired by something that you see on television.
Avoid implying or
At the same time, try to include only the relevant details; say all that you need to say without wasting space.
Tailor your writing to your purpose and your audience.
Just as you change your clothing for the weather and the occasion, you should also change your writing for your audience and your message. Flowery writing!
Edit Your Writing Once you have
a first draft.
Reread it then rewrite it. You are looking for errors in grammar and spelling as well as style, content, organization, and coherence.
Ask someone else
to read your writing.
If at all possible, have a second person read your writing. Choose someone whom you trust to be forthright and frank.
Make sure that people understand and interpret
the way you intend.
Try it on a test audience and see how they react. Also try taking suggestions from peers and family to help you refine your idea.
You can do it!
Perhaps some day you will become a famous writer, teacher, storyteller, or whatever your dream may be,
but the important thing is that you love what you do.