Tips for Writers

by Josh Riverside - Date: 2007-01-08 - Word Count: 413 Share This!

The most invaluable tool of the professional writer or author is undoubtedly a notebook. Inspiration can strike at any moment, and usually does so at the most unexpected times. It is wise to always carry a notebook and pen along, especially keep one by your bedside, to capture those elusive morning inspirations and ideas, before they evaporate with the coming of the day.

Clear writing is essential if you want your message to get across to your audience. But what makes your writing clear would vary and would ultimately depend on your target audience. Before you begin writing, know who you are writing for. If you use a vocabulary your audience is familiar with and if you create a context that is relevant to their daily lives, the message in your writing is bound to have more impact. This is not done by applying a word processing program or a reading scale score, but by being aware of your audience and what their needs are.

Before you start writing, you need to know what you want your writing to accomplish. Are you conveying information to the general public or reporting on a recent project? Do you want your readers to do something when they finish reading? If you aren't sure what your purpose in writing a particular piece is, your writing will never be clear. In fact, both purpose and audience are intertwined with each other. If you know why you are writing for, but don't pay detailed attention to the needs of your audience, you loose. On the other hand, if you have analyzed your audience but don't really know why you are writing to them for, you will still loose.

Good writing takes both time and effort. But it combines the effort with expertise in the language you use in the industry and in the language used by your audience. Superior writing takes effort and expertise in language. In addition, it also requires strict attention to all the activities involved in reading. These qualities ensure a piece of communication that is clear in its contents and purpose. Apart from these, writing content for the websites requires certain other skills. Your writing must be quick, concise, simple and active. The most important parts need to be highlighted. The reading level needs to be lowered which certainly doesn't mean to dummy it down. It means to write it clearly so that it is easy to comprehend. Even complex issues must be dealt with in simple language.

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