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How To Develop Effective Writing Skills?

Updated on March 10, 2015

How To Develop Effective Writing Skills?

"There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly: sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges."
(Ernest Hemingway)

It means that the ability to write well is not a gift that some people are born with, not a privilege extended to only a few. If you're willing to work, you can improve your writing.

What is effective writing?

Effective Writing is writing which has a logical flow of ideas and is cohesive. This means it holds together well because there are links between sentences and paragraphs. Writing which is cohesive works as a unified whole and is easy to follow because it uses language effectively to maintain a focus and to keep the reader 'on track'.

You need to persuade the reader with a clear and effective presentation. If you cannot persuade through your writing, then it does not matter how good your ideas are. Great writing is hard to learn. Good writing is not. All of us have some bad habits that are easily corrected once we understand what they are.

What Is Effective Writing Communication

To communicate effectively you need to get your point across and relay information clearly. The reader will understand exactly what you mean. Following are some tips for effective writing.

Good writing has a clearly defined purpose.
It makes a definite point.
It supports that point with specific information.
The information is clearly connected and arranged.
The words are appropriate, and the sentences are concise, emphatic and correct.
Word Choice that is specific and memorable. Good writing uses just the right words to say just the right things.

Sentence Fluency that is smooth and expressive. Fluent sentences are easy to understand and fun to read with expression.

Need to Know the Difference Between Good and Bad Writing

For effective writing, it is necessary for the writer to first familiarize himself about the quality in the piece of writing. Because without having knowledge about the same difference between mediocre and better writing will not enable the writer to assess his own work and then bring improvement in it.

Features of Effective Writing?

Focus

Organization

Support and Elaboration

Style

Conventions

KNOW YOURSELF

If you focus and write about the subject/topic that appeals you then it will definitely leads you to better and effective writing.

Develop confidence

Confidence is the most important aspect attached with the effective writing. It is only when the writer is confident about his writing then he can inculcate his thoughts and views and ideas into his readers.

Research

Research is very necessary to enhance the value of your writing

Practicing

Practicing is must because without it you cannot achieve the goal and for it you should spare time which may not necessarily be in hours but even twenty minutes to write each day are sufficient. The more you write, the more you learn about writing and also develop the understanding of the need of practice

Adventurism

Though it is good to write about the subjects/topics that appear interesting to you but do not limit yourself to them only but you should also dabble in new stuff, as well. It is good for your intellectual growth as the more you stretch yourself, the more you grow as there is no alternative of learning.

MAINTAIN ORIGINALITY

You should be guided by your original writing instinct otherwise following the steps of someone else footprints will not lead you anywhere. Keep it in your own mind that your reader is also interested in originality.

Inception may be modest

You may start with the writing of articles and not with the writing of book as the development whether it is physical or mental comes gradually and not at once. You will also get confidence in that way.

Don't leave writing even you don't want to write

For effective writing it is necessary that you should not stop writing even if you are not willing to write because after sometime situation may change for good as inspirational ideas will surround you when you are not expecting them.

Avoid common errors.

Rules of grammar organize communication, and your readers will judge you by your knowledge of these rules. On the reverse side of this page are common errors. Learn to avoid them. Learn other rules of grammar by paying careful attention to comments on your paper and asking questions about comments that you do not understand.

Thought-provoking or emotionally inspiring

Your writing will be considered better if it engender fresh scenario and new ideas in the mind of your reader. Does he close the cover with tears in his eyes or a sense of victory? Meaning thereby it is the response which you get from your reader that matters in the determination of the quality of your work. Effective writing contains clearly identifiable ideas and themes.

Eliminate redundancies. Effective writing avoids redundancies.

Use transitional expressions to help readers understand where your message is going. Common transitional expressions include therefore, consequently, however, then, first, next, and although. Compare the following two paragraphs to see how transitional expressions improve the clarity and cohesiveness of a writer's message.

Eliminate wordy phrases from your writing.

Effective writers add interest to their writing by using all four types of sentences-simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex.

REMAIN CALM

For effective writers it is necessary to remain calm.

References

Bereiter, C., & Scardamalia, M. (1987). The psychology of written composition. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Graves, Donald (1994). A Fresh Look at Writing. New York: Heinemann.

Harris, Karen & Graham, Steve (1992). Helping young writers master the craft: strategy instruction and self-regulation in the writing process. Cambridge, MA: Brookline Books.

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