Three easy steps to effective writing...
January 25, 2007 3:02pm CST
When you are writing something, planning is everything. There are three things you must do to be an effective writer: 1. Decide what you are writing about. Whether you are writing a poem, an essay, or the next great American novel, you need a starting point. You need a concrete subject, whether it's your kids, your job, or just something you made up. 2. Make an outline. An outline jhelps you coordinate your thoughts, and keeps you on topic. It also serves as a guide for any research you may need to do, especially if you are writing a non-fiction piece. 3. Proofread your work. This is so important. If your are anything like me, you have dyslexia of your fingers half the time, and it is always good to go over your work BEFORE and AFTER you run spell check on your work. After all, spell check only catches misspelled words and (grammar errors in some cases), but it can't catch every misuse of a word or phrase. Be prepared to revise your finished product at leadst 3 times before you mark it done. If you always follow these 3 simple steps that we all learned in grade school, your writing career could take off like a rocket. If nothing else, you'll have prose to be proud of.
4 people like this
28 Jan 07
People have told me I should write a book about my life story but I have to wait until its fixed to start. I lie in bed when I can't sleep at night and these pages of books go through my head. No I am not crazy. One of these days I will right my life storey but it won't be pretty and it will make people mad.
• Seagoville, Texas
29 Jan 07
How can you wait to write your life story. Our stories never end and are never fixed. Just gather your thoughts and write. It is very cathartic, and can be soothing to the mind, too. So let those pages out, and get them in ptint. You never know, they might even be a best seller.
• United States
25 Jan 07
These are great tips. The one that I tend to neglect (and often regret) is the outline. I tend to come up with the subject and then jump in and start writing. I do find that taking the time to write out the outline is essential to a good article, and I am now forcing myself to do it. If you don't have a good outline, your work seems to jump all over the place from one subject to another.