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Writing to Please
How to Write
When you (as a writer) think of a story, article, whatever it may be, How do you decide how to write it? That is one of the most subjective things any author can decide. How to write something, or even if you should write something. Journalists have that dilemma more times than you think. (I'll get into that later. The Ethical Writer.)
But ultimately, how you write is the most important thing you can decide. Do you do it in the first person; I needed to go to the store. Or the second; He went to the store. Or even the third person; (Writer referring to himself in his writing) Roger needed to go to the store to find a pack of sausage. Shaditz, the hubber on here, does it well.
To write any story, article, etc. you need to write it to please a certain audience that you are aiming for. If you write for children, have a child (nieces and nephews work well) read what you have written. Get some insight into how they think and what they like to read. If you write for adults, look into yourself and find what you like and write about that. You need to write what you know, write what you like and write to please for a certain audience if you want to 'Make it" in a very competitive industry like this.
In the first hub that I wrote, I mentioned the one thing that all hubbers should strive to be good at. Ad Sense; because that is exactly what hubs are. You (as a writer) are aiming for a specific audience so anyone who comes to your hub, not only enjoys what they read, but ultimately makes you money.
Write to please. That is the name of the game. I can't emphasize that enough. I'll tell you over and over. Write to please the audience you are aiming for.
There are many different ways to write. And many different styles to write in. Some authors just sit down at their computers, typewriters, writing pads, and just put it down. A free flowing thinker. Others have to make a list of what they want in a story and go from it. Step-by-step method. And still others need to outline what is in their heads to make it work for them. In journalism school, I was taught this method. I have used it, but I tend to write as a free thinker. Just getting the juices going is usually enough for me to get down on paper what I want. But, no matter how you do it, just remember to DO IT. There is no right or wrong way to write, as long as the method you use works for you. Sit down and let the juices flow. No matter what style, or form, the ultimate goal of any writer is to actually write something. Put it down on paper if you're not comfortable with a typewriter or computer. Let your thoughts run away from you and write.
It may sound like a load of gobbledygook, but, If you think about it, it really is as simple as that. Let the creative juices just flow once in a while and you'll be surprised at what can happen. And the more you do it, the easier it becomes. Don't let distractions get in your way, and don't let critiques of your work stop you from doing it. Critiques are just another audience that you strive to please. You, as a writer, must learn that even negative remarks about your writing can be a good thing. In life, as in all things, you learn from your mistakes. Do you think Dean Koontz, Steven King, or Isaac Asimov, to name just a few very real competitors in an outstanding market were born with a silver typewriter and magical keyboards? Or how about Ansel Adams, Do you think all of his photography pictures were automatically worth 102 million bucks? Takes practice people. The more you do, the more you grow, and the more you learn to do it right.
When writing any article or story, always edit what has been written. Editing ones story or article is just as important as how you write, or what you write.