Three years ago we wrote the post some tips for writing well, with tricks to optimize the writer’s work. In this new article we are sharing other valuable information, gained from studies and much practice.
Fundamental tip: the message is the essence of each text
Never write a text (absolutely none!) That does not transmit one or more messages, unless you do not want to make it public.
You can train your writing every day until you have enough security to handle words at will according to your goals. The good writer is able to draw mental images using the outline of words.
When you are safer, ask others to read your writings and be alert if they understand your message. But (remember that!) I have already read an article in which the author instructed not to pester our friends. So I recommend that you first try to make sure your text is intelligible before asking someone to do it.
Writing is like talking. Have you ever noticed that it is almost impossible to understand what a person says when he talks to himself? When you take a chance and ask what she said, you’ll just hear her say that she was “thinking aloud”. But monologues, really, only make sense to a person.
However, when we speak to one or more people, we need to converse in a satisfactorily clear way, either by asking, responding, informing, or simply expressing a thought or feeling. We could say that writing a good text is like having a good “conversation”, only in a written way.
There are several profiles of conversation: philosophical, poetic, commercial, informal. When writing for each audience, the writer should avoid discussing subjects that are not well-suited to the choice of his subject – unless in fact he makes the text more interesting.
For a good writer, every subject he dominates can be discussed in various ways; with new approaches and insights, he transmits it all through his texts. He is able to create logical reasoning blocks and talk about the subject from basic to advanced.
It is worth mentioning that in this text we refer to the term “information” as defined by Houaiss: “a set of knowledge gathered on a certain subject or person”
Who do you write for?
There are several reader profiles. Some are practical, others more reflective; some rational, some emotional. Within each reader profile there are several niches. An audience of readers can subdivide or join other related groups. For example, text readers about sports are highly likely to consume sports products.
No matter who you write to, what the reader most expects from each text is the relevant information about what he is looking for. Therefore, a complete writer must possess at least three characteristics:
- Mastery of the art of writing.
- You are always well informed about the affairs of your area.
- Ability to delight your readers by always serving as a source of inspiration and relevant information.
Choose an area you most want to explore, making it your job. I would recommend that you first undertake a comprehensive reading on the basic issues in this area. This will create a mental image (at least one sketch) that will give other perspectives and will greatly help in making a decision about what to do next.
After reading comprehensively, try to master one subject in that area at a time. After you have explored one subject sufficiently, study another.
Before beginning an essay, you should establish in your mind, or write down on separate paper, which messages your text should pass. Do you want to answer any question? If yes, the answer should be complete. If you want to convince someone of something, mentally put yourself before a person who invents exit for all your arguments and try to face it there in the text.
After writing your text, reread it all. Never give (or publish) a text to anyone without at least two re-readings. In many cases, two will not be enough. It is no wonder that even bestsellers have reissues. And these do not happen only to update the context of the work, but also to correct some textual problems.
A perfect text is written with due care in relation to grammatical norms, but with extreme zeal as to the passage of information. There is no point in a textual structure in which spelling, grammar, and punctuation are correct if the message is not clear and complete for readers in an area. Ultimately, the graphical adequacy, punctuation, accentuation, and other aspects of grammar are submissive to the passage of the message.
Look at advertising writing, for example. Amid so many offers carefully designed to stimulate consumption, it is necessary to use intelligent devices to stand out. Even the breaking of logic is constantly used to draw attention and thus be able to communicate a message.
The best writer is one who merges with his own message and makes it unique. To this writer, everyone wants to follow. On a large scale, the more targeted your message is, the fewer writers will speak of it and the more exclusively you will meet your demand.
The subject is inexhaustible and inspiring. For a post, it’s time to stay here. Of course, again, in the future the subject will be resumed!