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How Do You Judge When Writing is Successful?

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Writing is a form of communication. When you write, you write for a reader. Communication is successful if your reader understands the message you are trying to send. Your writing is credited if it communicates to your reader.

Writing involves the use of graphic symbols to create a test. The process of writing involves a way of thinking about and putting down ideas. Remember, when you write, you write for a reader. Therefore, you must ensure that the content is thoughtful. Ideas and information must be clearly and concisely explained and logically organized. You have to be cautious when putting down your thoughts.

Writing is among the 3Rs which define the literacy of a person. An individual who finds it difficult to write is not literate enough to balance the equation. You have to build in the learner, passion for writing. There are some ways in which writing is easier to understand than oral communication. Your question should be, how will I build passion for writing in the learners?

This article has clues on how to use the components of writing to produce students who can express their thoughts and ideas through writing.

Why do you write? (Purpose of writing)

To guide the students to write logically, you have to draw their attention to why do you write? Let them know that writing may not be coherent if there is no reason or point to write on. Writing is one of the most important activities of a literate community. Therefore, there are different writing situations. Each situation is unique in the way the reader understands it. However, each time you write, you must identify your purpose effectively.

The purpose of writing could be:

  • to record information
  • to explain a point
  • to report an action
  • to describe a view
  • to make requests or inquiries (letters of complaints, inquiry, application)

Let them know that writing serves as a means of social behavior, expressing thoughts and emotions, and a source of aesthetic satisfaction. You can guide them to comprehend more on the purpose of writing through the following examples;


1. Writing to describe or explain;

The scene of an important event, e.g., the new yam festival in my town

a controversial or personality, e.g., Chinua Achebe

direction to places, e.g., My journey to Lagos

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to express an opinion (letters to the editor, club letters)

To make requests or inquiries through applications.

Guide them to use descriptive words to describe well. Use your power of observation to scrutinize the details to upgrade the description. It will build up emotions in the reader to smell and feel. Also hears, sees, and tastes through your words.

The purpose of a descriptive work is to produce in the reader a picture. As clear and as accurate as that is in the writer. Some topics may require exposition. The Expository gives a complete explanation of all the main aspects.

2. Writing to record

You have to flash to their memory writing situations that require recording, for instance; diaries, journals, official reports, interviews & conversations, news stories, book reports, subject area reports, court documents, financial reports, family meetings, minutes of the meeting, etc.

Let them know how to write a record note. For example; when taking down the minutes of a meeting, you have to consider points such as the date of the meeting, those in attendance, and meeting purpose,

Writing to record requires exposition. Some situations may need expository narration, while some may need expository description. All require concise language and an orderly marshaling of salient points.

It demands clear and systematic thinking. The style you use depends on what you are about to say, but any exposition may use either the active or passive forms of verbs,


3. Writing to Convince

Let the students know when to write a persuasive text or note. A conviction essay is non-fiction writing which aims to persuade the reader of a point of view.

Examples of conviction writing are; adverts, newspaper columns, and persuasive speech. Writing to convince can be classified as part of expository writing. Your thought about something, for instance, an advert campaign. Once your purpose is clear, you have made your decisions about arrangements.

4.Writing as a social courtesy

There are situations we write to our friends and relations to invite them to a party. Or thank them for their goodwill. We also write to congratulate a friend or colleague who attains a position of honor.

Social courtesy is an expression of generosity, gratitude, or oneness respectfully. You have to make them see the importance of sending courtesies to other people.

Examples of writing for social courtesy are; taking note of the master of the ceremony, friendly letters, invitations, thank you notes, and congratulatory/felicitation messages.


What is a writing environment?

Wherever you stay to write or plan, your writing is your writing environment. You may not feel motivated and calm when there is a distraction. Staying in a tidy room can go a long way to increase your morale.

You will feel much better when you put things in their proper place equally, improve your productivity in quantity and quality by being reflective about the physical spaces within which you write.

What is a writer-audience relationship?

A relationship between the audience and the writer focuses his mind on the level of knowledge or education of his unknown audience is the writer-audience relationship. What you think about the audience when you write is a relation between you and the reader.

If you are writing a letter to a friend, you know well, the matter is simple. You will feel much more relaxed to express your mind without crossing any boundaries. But if you are writing for a magazine, you might ask yourself how much you know about the topic you are handling.

You need to consider the level of knowledge of your audience. Is your audience learned? Youthful? Or children. That may help you to decide about language usage and tone.

On the other hand, guide them not to boarder much about pleasing the audience. You can act as an inner sense of audience that acts as a guide in making decisions. The more you write, the more intuitive a sense of an audience is likely to become. You will finally see that you build the audience into the language itself.


What styles should I adopt for my audience?

The writer-audience relationship gets translated into a particular kind of style that results from the choices a writer makes from the available possibilities in language and expression.

There are different styles with differences in purpose and design. Examples are;

  • The legal and technical writing style
  • Reporting or Plain style
  • Learned writing style
  • Intimate friend or relative style.

How do you judge a successful writing?

You get a bravo! When your writing communicates the required information needed by the reader. The question to ask in judging whether any writer is helpful or not is; Does it message a reader?

The following steps will help you assess successful writing;

  1. Identify your purpose of writing, focus on your topic, outline your point to make a coherent arrangement of the facts.
  2. There must be an organized, logical, and clearly expressed text.
  3. Find a way to communicate the purpose by revising your content effectively.
  4. Understand that each writing situation is unique. Edit your work to apply the mood and tones that match the topic.
  5. Understand the role of the audience. Ensure that what you write can be understood without further help from you. Then publish your writing.


Lefkowitz, Allan B. The writer's Handbook (1976)

Prentice hall Int, London.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2022 Chinyere Okoye

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