Learning theory of the art of writing is only half of the equation--working smart. But verily, like with everything else in life it is necessary to work hard and smart in order to be successful.
Working smart means gaining the knowledge of the art of writing from books, articles, and other literature like you are about to learn right now.
Working hard, on the other hand, means practicing what you have learnt. Once you have this two elements in place the work is complete.
So, in order to master the art of writing remember this: work hard and smart.
Ok. Lets get started.
Six Basic Principles.
1. Write about what you know and are passionate about.
Oftentimes, you will be tempted to pick a remote or abstract topic to write about, but this should not be the case. Choosing such topics only serves to make your life difficult as you will easily get bored and get stuck in the way. Instead, try to always pick the topics
you are familiar with. Doing so will help you to produce works that are full of clarity and enthusiasm.
2. Appeal to the interest of your audience or readers rather than your own.
A writer who is not genuinely interested in their readers is a writer who is destined to fail.
A successful writer understands that people are always interested in themselves and are constantly on the look for content that appeal to their personal desires and needs. And He is not shy to step in and be the solution.
So, know your audience or readers, what makes them tick, what they love and care about, and you will attain heights of power.
3. Write concretely and coherently.
It is your responsibility as a writer to make your readers understand what you are writing about within the first few moments that they interact with your work.
Also your paragraphs should fit together neatly and in a logical manner that is easy to understand.
4. Organize your work in an ascending order from the simplest to the most complicated.
When you organize your work in an orderly manner, it will be much more easier for your audience or readers to understand you and to follow along. On the contrary, a work that is organized aimlessly will cause great difficulty to your readers, especially those who are not familiar with the subject.
So, help your audience to understand you by breaking down your work starting from the simplest to the hardest ideas.
5. Make use of stories.
So say you want to share some real hard tactical data, but you still want to make sure your article’s not so boring that a reader falls a sleep before getting through it, what do you do?
Easy. Make it a story. Stories are basically the way we think. We write a story about our lives every time we make a judgment about events.
We write a story about other people when we observe them doing something funny or stupid.
We write a story in our minds about why everything happens when it does.
With a story, even the most mundane topic suddenly becomes exciting.
Not only does that give your article broad appeal, it creates instant, lasting chemistry that will bond your reader to you.
If you can write words that resonate and move people, you can move mountains.
6. Be you.
When you hide yourself, you hide the best parts of you.
Think about those that you trust the most. They show their face. They use their name, not some fake online nicknames.
They write truthfully about their challenges, their successes, and their weaknesses.
You don’t have to take this to the “Radical Honesty” side of things.
You don’t have to be upfront about your deep insecurities. Although, that is one approach that can work very well.
All you really have to do is bleed on the page. Show them the real you. Then you become unassailable. The more open you are, the more invincible you become.
How to Never Run Out of Ideas.
This is the trick to never wondering “what should I write about”: Live an interesting life, and then put it into words. That’s it.
In fact, if you’re living a sufficiently interesting life, you’ll have a different kind of “problem”.
You’ll have so much to write about, you’ll have trouble picking what goes next! Great “problem” to have.
Here are the tips that will help you generate writing ideas:
1. Carry around a pad of paper (or folded up A4 sheets), and write down all things that interest you. Things that you struggle with. Things that seemed out of the ordinary. Thingst hat provoked questions.
When you get home, pick the best three ideas and write out some “proto-posts” about those ideas.
You don’t have to expand upon them right then (though you’ll probably find that you want to).
Keep these ideas in a file for later. And when you say, “now I need to write a damn post!”, you’ll have a creative log of ideas.
You might not actually use any of them, but it’s easier to get started if you’re filled up with creative juice ahead of time.
2. Gather inspiration from unlikely sources.
Here’s where the best inspiration comes from: unexpected sources
You’ve all heard the Picasso quote: Good artists copy, great artists steal.
But what he left out is this: Elite artists borrow from unexpected sources.
Some of the places you can draw inspiration from include: some books, some movies, some songs etc.
The 4 Major Forms of Writing.
1. Narrative Writing.
This is the form of writing to use when you want to motivate, educate, or entertain your audience. And the way to achieve that is by storytelling. Whether the story is true or not, is irrelevant.
Most writers find narrative writing difficult for them because it involves alot of imagination. Meanwhile, readers find works written in this form to be easy because it involves stories.
Examples of narrative writing include: comedy, fairy tale, myth, drama, science fiction, love story, biography, autobiography, poems, jokes, and novels.
This form of writing has five basic elements:
1. Plot: refers to the main events in the story presented as a sequence.
2. Character: refers to the person or thing that the story is about.
3. Theme: refers to the main idea or subject in the story.
4. Conflict: refers to an argument or disagreement in the story.
5. Setting: refers to the place or time in which the events happen in the story.
2. Descriptive Writing.
Descriptive writing is aptly named because its goal is normally to give a vivid description of something, for instance an emotion.
It uses alot of figurative language.
Examples: writing about a person, place or an object.
3. Persuasive Writing.
This is the form of writing to use when you want to persuade your audience to synchronize their thoughts and actions with your central idea.
Your central idea or goal might be to get your audience to be pro or against something. This is normally achieved by giving support and reasons for your central idea using logic, emotional appeal and other tools that may convince them to take an action.
Examples of persuasive writing include: reviews of books, places, products, movies, music, argumentative essays, among others.
4. Expository Writing.
This is one of the most common forms of writing because of the nature of subject it deals with--information.
Expository writing is the go to writing style if you want to share some information or elaborate on an idea.
It is mainly facts based and the tone of the writer is normally neutral.
Examples of expository writing include: manuals, textbooks, and nonfiction books recipes, and others.
In conclusion, knowing and mastering the art of writing is not hard when you know how. And you have the know-how now it is up to you to take the next step: practice what you have learnt.