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A 5 Rule Guide To Effective Writing

Updated on February 26, 2014

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How To Define Effective Writing


Writing is essentially an art which requires a sincere combination of skill, ingenuity, imagination, foresight, and a keen sense of knowledge on topic, places and things. Understanding how the element of human emotion and expectations are commonly entwined to form the catalyst of anxiety and hope. Invariably this requires about 80 percent of the requirements; the other 20 represents basic or advanced knowledge on how to combine words into phrases and paragraphs, to fulfill the building of content on a subject matter. (My Definition). The Concise Oxford Dictionary describes the term as: 1. “the activity or skill of writing. 2 written work, especially with regard to its style or quality. 3 a sequence of letters or symbols forming coherent words.”

When one considers the fact that a writer without much imagination is not really going to get very far, then one has to wonder how inspired would he feel if all he had to go on was what was quoted from the Dictionary. A former high school teacher once told me that writing was one’s ability to capture feelings, thoughts, and imaginations, and express them in words that truly reflected their original state and intent. However you decide to define it just be clear on one thing; the power of the message or content is only potent when it relates to and bears witness with real people, who possess real feelings with imagination.

Rules of Engagement:

1. No matter what the subject matter is, and no matter how knowledgeable you may be on the content, please do not talk down to your readers. I have often said it and will say it again; people don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care. You are not the solitary authority or informer on any given subject, your audience are not a devoted bunch of students looking for a lecture, you must relate to them; sincerely. You are not better than your readers, besides they are largely responsible for the validity and sustenance of your article and therefore deserve your respect. You want to stimulate thoughts and motivate imagination, you want them to feel as though you understand exactly what they want to read, and you are prepared to deliver just that to them. Bear in mind even if you have done all the research and spent time consulting before the final product, you are still largely the servant and not the master of information.

2. Never Plagiarize:

Copying or editing some one else’s work before passing it of as your own is strictly prohibited, if you can’t produce content that is original, then at least ask for help, your readers will always appreciate what is coming from the heart. Besides; honesty is one of the foundational virtues of building a true relationship. They need to know you and trust you for who you are, and would appreciate you understanding how valuable the relationship between reader and writer is. "The moment there is suspicion about a person's motive, everything he does becomes tainted" Mahatma Gandhi.


Never attempt to pad up an article or fill it up with endearing terms to explain your content matter, you need to write only based on information you have first hand knowledge of, or you have thoroughly researched. Your readers are no fools, and they deserve at least your very best simply because you have their attention and time; something all writers need to fully appreciate. The best articles are the ones that would have cost you the most in terms of time and effort, this can be displayed by the formatting and wording of your content. Your entire layout must appear as a dish you have taken pains over preparing before delivery, and now that you have delivered, you are eagerly anticipating the comments as your audience tastes and savors your dish. Never have doubts about any part of your delivery, it will show, do not be vague on any point but if it must be there, then enhance it with a quote or a directive leading your audience to a place of learning.

3. Show Passion and Pride:

When you write consider that in some ways your work reveals a little or a lot about your personality; it all depends on your style, therefore it is incumbent on you to set a standard, and ensure that what you deliver is presented professionally with passion; pain staking accuracy and pride. Feel good about your final product as it must reflect the time and effort you have put into it for your audience.

4. Second Opinions:

Before you publish any written work, try as best as you can to ask for a second opinion; especially from someone who is neutral maybe with some knowledge on the subject and therefore may render an opinion that is clear and objective. If for some reason you can’t do that, then look into your email list and send it to a couple of people you trust, let them know how much you value their opinion.


When you write you are sharing some of yourself with an audience of readers; most of them you don’t know, and who don’t know you. Therefore your opening content must not sound like a news report, but much rather like an introduction to who you are, your audience need to connect with you in the first few words or sentences of your article. This is highly vital especially when your content is calling for action, or you are seeking to inspire introspection and imagination, people must feel the motivation that you feel, or the sadness you encountered. Inwardly you want them to put themselves in your shoes and see the information through your eyes, they must be led to a place that only you can take them and bring them back. In establishing this kind of relationship you are laying the foundation for a long lasting and fulfilling mutual experience where they continue to look for more from you, and you are now certainly looking forward to writing more for them. It is also important to whet their appetites with information that would lead to a part two, or a second article on the same subject matter. The main reason for this is to gauge the interest of your audience, and ensure that they will return in anticipation of a finale or a continuation. Ultimately, what matters most is the comments that will follow as they read your article, pay attention to all that they may say good or bad, follow the path of all criticisms before dismissing them you may have missed something important. Respond to all comments encouraging them to be honest, and let them know how much you appreciate what they may have to say, additionally thank them for helping to keep you earnest and committed to pleasing them. It may be wise to include some comments and observations in your follow up or part 2 article, this will certainly encourage your readers to support a forum where their opinions are highlighted.

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Keys To The Final Product

Knowledge of Subject
Proper Structuring
Stronger Content
Seek Opinions
Do More Research
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Display Passion
Separate Sections
Be Concise
Court Experts
Value Reader's Time
Be Conversational
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  • andyacharles profile imageAUTHOR

    Andy Anderson Charles 

    4 years ago from Fyzabad, Siparia Trinidad and Tobag.W.I.

    Thanks Jenny that means a lot; encourages me to work harder.

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    4 years ago from Canada

    great article! Lots of valuable info here!


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