Are You A Writer? - Page 3 of 3
Writing tips and tricks that helps to become a better writer!
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By this stage you should of now written what you wanted to write and have gone through all your work in fine detail many times. It reads well, you think to yourself, and as far as you can tell it is spelt correctly with the correct wording needed for the job but before publishing your work take a bit of time to think about what else you need to add before taking that final step of publishing it.
If you are writing an article for a local newspaper for example then the odd little spelling mistake will not be worth worrying over as it will be read and thrown away the same day, chances are, but in the case of some written work that will be seen by many people over many years to come, like an on-line publication or a book for example, then taking the time to perfect what you have done is well worth the effort in the end.
Writing can be a work of art in just the same way as a painting, therefore, if you think it will be seen by many people in years to come then treat what you have done as a work of art in the same way and perfect it before showing it to the world.
Before publishing your work you will need to give it a title and also, in most cases, a sub-header. Unlike a general comment or a passing thought if your written work is aimed at being informative, educational or instructional in any way then it will need a title so that people will know that it is a formal publication, and by the nature of the title, it will also help to show what the content is all about to the reader from the start. In the case of a sub-header that should be a very short description of what the article is all about also to enhance the main titles aim of highlighting the subject that you have written about. For example this published article is called - ARE YOU A WRITER? so from seeing that title the reader will know it is something to do with writing. The sub-header is - Writing tips and tricks that helps to become a better writer!
Therefore the main title of this article shows it to be about writing and the sub-header shows it to be both educational and informative about learning to write better using a few tips and tricks to help writer's improve on their writing skills. It is often also a good idea to end your article with some form of foot note so as to avoid leaving the subject you are writing about floating in the air. A simple comment to end on is often a good way to end any written work.
When it comes to writing there is always something new to learn that can help things look and read better. Avoid using big, not needed, complicated words for example. Keeping the wording simple and direct will help the reader to understand what you are saying far better than a string of fancy words that they simply cannot understand.
Avoid cutting words or sentences short. The shortened words 'I've' may be understood by many but saying or writing 'I have' will not only ensure that the reader understands better what you mean but it will also show that you have not been idle minded when writing your article.
Using terms like 'MMA' for example is not something everyone will understand, and in addition it could mean anything, so writing the full title of 'Mixed Martial Arts' as in this case will also ensure a better understanding of what you mean. Also avoid swear words as that is simply not going to get your work published. Although there are some exceptions to that rule of course subject to the nature of the topic in question.
There is just one more vital thing to do before you publish your bite size, short or feature size article and that is to add a photo illustration of some kind to show further what you are writing about. Not only will it capture the reader's eye first, and maybe make them more interested in what you are writing about, but it will also add a sense of professionalism to your work in just the same way a poster in a shop window is more noticeable by its illustration or a book cover photo.
A common problem that many people will face from time to time, even seasoned professional writer's, is the subject of 'writer's block' as it is often called. Writer's block is nothing to worry about. It simply means that you have nothing in your mind to write down at that point in time or you are simply not in the correct frame of mind to do so for whatever reason.
Many other factors can also be the reason why you have writer's block. Being ill or having other things on your mind can and often does prevent someone from writing at times and although it could be months before you feel like writing again it is not worth worrying about. It is just one of those things.
If you lack confidence in showing or publishing your written work, or worry about what people will think, then take comfort from the fact that all writer's have had to face that problem in the past.
Show friends and family your work and see what they say about your efforts, or better still, just simply publish your work and see what others, who do not know you, say about it for a more honest and unbiased response.
Being shy about your written work is simply just something that you will have to overcome sooner or later - and of course sooner is the best way. Good Luck! More at - www.penarts.weebly.com