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The Fine Art of Writing

Updated on January 4, 2016
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John Huynh is a writer from Melbourne Australia. He graduated from business school at Victoria University with majors in information systems

The six vital aspects to engaging writing

Here are my 6 key vital aspects on how to become an engaging writer. I have been awarded the Engaging Writer Accolade by HubPages in 2015 with 30 featured hubs on HubPages. I will share with you these 6 key concepts which has helped me develop my style in writing and give you an insight on how to do it. I will break down these 6 major concepts so that you can have an idea of what you need to be an engaging writer and hopefully this will help you in your own personal writing and professional writing.

Aspect number 1 - Wisdom writing.

When it comes to wisdom writing the key is to use personal experiences, wisdom from the bible and life experiences from other people such as stories. Also, use simple and easy to understand words and sentences that a child would understand. When it comes to wisdom writing biblical scriptures is a thing I like to use. Scriptures from the book of Proverbs, Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, Psalms and Corinthians, for example speaks truth and wisdom unlike any other. The Henry Cloud and John Townsend influence is a classic example of incorporating scriptures into your writing and the use wisdom from other people’s life experiences, for example. There is an acronym called PEARLS (People, Empathy, Audience, Relationships, Language and Stories) and you want to use PEARLS when you write as an engaging writer. Understand the people reading, use empathy in your writing, understand your target audience, getting a feel of the kind of relationship you have with people, using simple language and telling stories is what PEARLS is all about. You must be able to tell stories to be a successful writer. PEARLS is very effective when applied to writing and engages the reader on all levels. Life lessons is another very important part of wisdom writing. It is the greatest part of wisdom writing and the most rewarding. It is the most difficult one to develop as a writer unless you have many years of life experience behind you where you are old enough to speak truth and wisdom in life. Learn from those who have failed in life and never make the same mistakes and you become wiser so you become a better writer.

Aspect number 2 - Emotive language. Putting emotions into writing and moving the reader with your words.

Key number 2 is about moving people’s emotions with words and meanings. Emotive language is a very powerful because it can touch the heart and soul of any person. By using stories or personal stories you can put feeling into your writing. The art of emotive language is being able to make people feel happy, sad, laugh and cry when they read your writing. Once you get them on the hook they will want to read it over and over again. The key is to try to and touch people’s hearts and emotions with your words. Be a feel writer and write with feeling and emotion. Keep the focus on strong words that bring out emotions when you write. Adding power and emotions to your words to create the desired effect can really move the reader. If you can make readers laugh or cry when they read your writing, you are a pretty good writer. The key to achieving this is by getting a feel of the different tonality with different words. Writers are wordsmiths, and words are very powerful; words can also hurt people’s feelings. The secret is to be able to feel what the other person is feeling when they read your writing, that’s the art of emotive language.

Aspect number 3 - Engaging the reader and being an engaging writer.

Engaging writing is about being able to catch the reader’s attention every time by the way you write. You can do the ‘get them on the hook’ or use different voicings from different people. For example, I like to use Eric Johnson’s voice when I write, but add my own words so I get something quite different. You can also use their buzz words and write with their tone of voice to engage the reader. Also, you can amalgamate many voices to try and create your own style. Being an engaging writer means you can write off-the-cuff, use throw-ins, substitutes and compensate different things to engage the reader. For example, I might do this by substituting different words; I might try to spice up my writing with my own personality by being eccentric and putting funny and wacky ideas into words. These are just some of the examples you can use to engage the reader. Just remember, the trick is to grab attention and excite the reader. The engaging writer has the ability to write interesting things that readers love to read and they will read it from the start to finish. Being an engaging writer is a gift and it is one which you can also learn to develop with practice and lots of patience.

Aspect number 4 - Adding your own personality into your writing. Throwing your own style and your own voice into your writing.

Developing your own personality and style in your writing which readers can feel is one of the hardest things to develop as a writer. From personal experience what I might try and do is use certain words, sentences and signature phrases from certain people when I write. For example, I might pick 3 or 4 people that I like and admire and copy different aspects of them and apply it to my own writing. I might do this by doing the Henry Cloud and John Townsend influence with the use of biblical scriptures in my writing. I might also try and imitate Eric Johnson’s approach that he takes in developing his own style, but do it in my own way that has my own style and my flavor when I write. Also, I might use certain buzz words from certain famous people that is common to them. It’s about forming your own amalgamation with all the life influences that you have as a person to develop your own unique personality and style so that you can write with a unique voice. One good trait to have as a writer is to be eccentric, this will help you become a good writer so when you write people can really feel your words. It’s a bit like the words are jumping out of the pages as you are reading. Being an eccentric person and quirky really makes a big difference to your style.

Aspect number 5 - Keeping your writing fresh by adding a twist to what you write.

Key number 5 is to keep it fresh so that you can always rewrite old things and make it new again. By doing this you are able rewrite an article over again and make the old become new and more exciting to read. If you do this, then you will add a fresh twist to what you write and you will add a certain feel to your writing. The key to adding a fresh twist to your writing is to stretch words, ideas or even sentences until you have something new to write about. You want to keep the reader excited as they read your articles with your own unique voice by writing like you are speaking to them. This is an insight into some of the tricks I like to use when I write as an engaging writer.

Example number 1 (Adding a fresh twist): There is a short video by Dr Henry Cloud called: the wise, the fool and the evil. The trick here is to add a fresh twist and I might do that by writing about the good guy, the stupid guy and the bad guy, for example. Adding a fresh twist can also be done with any essay or article which has already been written, but written from the ground up again. This is where you can add new things such as add-ons, substitutes and compensate different words and ideas to add a fresh twist. This idea of add-ons, substitutes and compensating came about through watching the elderly cook, but they didn’t have all the right ingredients so they substitute and compensate the missing ingredients. This is one killer technique which I like to use when writing to add flavour to what I write. It can really spice up your writing. It is one worth keeping in the back of your mind when you write to enhance your writing and readers will love it.

Example number 2 (Extending and stretching): For example, one article I have written about is called: What is Admiration? Now I might talk about admiration and why women admire each other and have crushes on each other because of deep admiration one another. The key words here are “deep admiration” and “crushes” which leads to the topic of BFF (Best friends forever) and girl crushes. This leads to a new article which I have written about called: Understanding what is a BFF and a girl crush. This concept is what I call stretching because you are stretching words and ideas which lead to something new. Also, I could pull out words like “I admire you” and “you inspire me” from the word “admiration” and I can also write about how someone can like you and even be attracted to you. For example, President John F. Kennedy was deeply admired by many women and he had a string of affairs as a result of deep admiration for him by women. This concept of stretching and extending is a very important aspect in developing the skill of an engaging writer. The ability to extend and stretch ideas will allow you to write new and interesting things which readers will love to read.

Example number 3 (Borrowing ideas and extending): There is an instructional DVD by guitar legend Eric Johnson called “The Art of Guitar” and “The Fine Art of Guitar.” These 2-part series are a breakdown of his signature style of guitar playing covering the key concepts in his own personal style and playing. Now what I might do here is stretch that idea and write about my own interest on style and fashion, for example. What I can do here for example, is write about “The Fine Art of Style and Fashion” and cover the key concepts in style and fashion for men and women for different occasions and follow the same approach as Eric Johnson did for “The Fine Art of Guitar.” What I have done here is I have borrowed his title “The Fine Art of Guitar” and created an article on “The Fine Art of Style and Fashion.” I can continue on that and write about “The Art of Style and Fashion” or I could further extend on that and create something new altogether and write about “The Evolution of Style and Fashion.” Now you have a 3-part series on a topic which started out as a two-part series. What I have done here is I have borrowed a title to create an article and extended an article to create something new. This is an example of what it’s like to be an engaging writer and develop your own unique style in writing. This approach is very much an Eric Johnson approach and influenced by Eric Johnson, where you many different influences, but you reassemble them to create your own. You want to amalgamate many influences, ideas, styles and add your own personality to create something different and fresh.

Aspect number 6 - Being inspired to write and becoming a better writer every time you write.

Being inspired to write is one of the most important aspects to writing. If you are always inspired, you will want to keep on writing and if you keep on writing you will become better at it every time you write. Fame and glory in writing is nice, but if you focus too much on fame and glory you won’t become a good writer. If you tell yourself to remain a student even if you are a professional writer or write as a hobby, you will always be open to learning new things in writing and it will make you a better writer because you will keep on learning and improving as a writer. For instance, If I get my influences from many different people outside of writing I can apply new ideas and it makes me a better writer. Another important thing if you want to become a better writer is to keep on reading, find new stories to tell, be funny and be quirky when you write. A good writer has good stories to tell and a passion in writing or a quirky personality. Being an engaging writer means you can write new and interesting things which people will love to read and to be inspired to keep on writing. Take it from me.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This was an interesting article and you offer some good tips for the budding writer. I however don't try to copy the style of other writers or borrow phrases from others. I like to write in my own distinctive and personal style and my readers seem to appreciate this. All writers seem to have different approaches and ways to become inspired. Good to meet another Aussie.

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