Writing is a simple act. Writing anything, from a letter to your mom to a poem you want to share with the world, is as easy as opening up a text document or word processing app and putting your thoughts on the screen.
However, writing isn’t as easy as it seems. In fact, there are many things that make writing difficult. From what you write about to how you put it on the page, there are many little nuances that can make or break a piece of writing.
It’s okay if this intimidates you! This article will teach you about all these different aspects of writing so that next time, when you feel like your words can’t measure up, they actually can.
What are the tools for writing?
How to write effectively: the lessons you learn when you start writing everything (start here)
Do you start a story on your smartphone, laptop, or paper? Where do you start?
What are some good writing goals?
There are three types of novels: pantsers, plotters, and pansters. What is it about the two that makes them different?
The same way we differentiate between mathematicians and physicists, the two types of writers are those that come up with ideas in the middle of writing a work and those that have an outline before they begin writing. Why do you need an outline? Do you not know how your work is going to end?
There are five main aspects of writing: plotting, character, genre, tone, and pacing.
Choosing topics to write about
One of the biggest struggles I hear from beginning writers is choosing a topic to write about. Most writers get so overwhelmed by the sheer number of topics available to them that they give up. However, I have learned that not all topics are created equal.
Take this example: “How can I tell my boss that I’m pregnant?”
This story would be a great one to write about for a multitude of reasons, but all of these reasons can be condensed into one. For one, this particular story is about an issue that can affect millions of people. And not only that, but pregnancy is a social topic that means a great deal to many people. For example, if you’re reading this article, you may know someone that’s going through this experience.
Purpose and Audience
As you may have noticed, I’ve gotten most of the language out of the way about writing. To be honest, I just want you to know that writing doesn’t have to be complicated.
Once you feel comfortable with the idea of sitting down and putting your thoughts on paper, you’ll probably come up with plenty of great ideas. The only important thing to remember is to choose something to write about that interests you and something you want to share with others.
If you don’t know what you want to write about, the best thing to do is to find a purpose for your writing.
Purpose and Audience. People write things for many different reasons. Sometimes people write to make a point, sometimes they just write for fun, and sometimes they write to make money.
Content and Style
This sounds pretty easy, right? The easiest way to write anything is to just put your thoughts down on paper. But that’s not the end of your story. The writer also has to put his or her style and voice on that paper. Writing in your own voice is important, and writing in a natural style will help you get the right readers to your work.
I looked out of my room and saw my parents playing on the driveway. As my mother bent down to blow leaves off of my father’s truck, I noticed a giant squirrel in the trees on the other side of the driveway. I hadn’t seen squirrels since I’d moved into the house a year ago, but now that I was leaving, they were starting to become less uncommon. The writing is nothing but text.
Formatting Your Writing
Before we start to write, we have to format our writing.
It’s the art of making our writing visually attractive in the eyes of others, and it isn’t easy.
Most writers use their favorite writing app or site like WordPress or Tumblr to set up their blog or webpage. It’s easy enough for most people to create an attractive website or blog, but formatting is a whole different story.
If you ever wonder how people can write such amazing content, you should see how some websites look. They make formatting easy for the eye, but it’s so complicated for the writer. Writing is hard! It takes a lot of time and effort to make your content attractive.
You’ll notice that with some websites, formatting becomes more complicated as your writing gets more advanced.
How does one go about writing?
Like most things in life, writing isn’t difficult or complicated. It’s just about being consistent. If you are consistent about your writing habits, the rest will come naturally.
There’s no denying that writing is a practice. You learn something new every time you sit down and write. Some of the better writers write every day. If you want to be one of them, pick a time every day to sit down and write something. The trick is to write every day.
I’ve been a writer my entire life. I started writing as a child, but it wasn’t until university that I actually considered myself a writer. I sat down one day, wrote about 10 pages, and then promptly forgot about it.
First, you need to understand why punctuation marks are necessary.
In order to accurately convey the thoughts and feelings that you have inside of your brain, you need to be able to show what you’re thinking and feeling through language.
However, English punctuation doesn’t always translate as well as it might in other languages, especially some of the more obscure or rare ones. This is where the difference between punctuation and grammar becomes important.
The punctuation mark that usually brings the most to mind when you think about English punctuation is the exclamation point, or a period.
Editing your work
In order to make your writing more polished, it’s best to put some time and effort into making it better. The most obvious way to edit is to simply go back through and edit what you have already written. Do this at the end of every day, and you can get a substantial amount of work done in a short period of time.
After you have gone through your work, you will probably come across some areas in your writing where you need some minor changes, like fixing grammatical errors or deleting certain parts that don’t add anything to your piece.
If you can’t get around some of these minor problems with your writing on your own, then it’s time to seek some help.
This is when an editor can help you out. An editor is a writer, and like any writer they want their work to be perfect.
When it comes to writing and plagiarism, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Some of you might have a strict process for writing everything down, while others of you are used to letting things just flow out onto the page.
With a little practice, you will learn to know when your creativity has suddenly hit the wall and when you have a solid story line. Keep in mind that plagiarism doesn’t have to be about giving another writer’s ideas credit, as tempting as that can be.
Sometimes, the beauty of a piece of writing lies in the originality, not in copying it. The best way to fight plagiarism is to make sure you have no unnecessary words in your work. A good rule of thumb:
Cut out 1,500 to 2,000 words per chapter.