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Writing an Article - a Beginners Guide

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Writing

Writing

Introduction

Many people aspire to write and try their hands at it. Some of them get successful in their pursuit while many remain as laggards in the vast field of writing. It is also true that writing is an art and one has to excel in it if one wants to be a successful writer. In fact the seed of writing is born while reading itself. It is rightly said that reading is a precursor to writing. Those who have read much in their lives are potential candidate to become a writer. So, it is difficult to think for writing without a good reading habit.

Have you really got an interest in writing?

Many people aspire to write but the question is whether they are really interested in it or it is only a passing fad for them. This is to be ascertained by the individual as it is a very important aspect. One cannot excel in a field if one is not having a passion for it. Strong desire coupled with hard work can only convert the passion into practical realities.

How to start writing?

Writing does not happen spontaneously. There are some pre-requisites for it. First and foremost is inclination without which nothing moves ahead. Next comes the knowledge base. This is the aspect where many people have wrong notions in their minds. People think that they can simply read something and then rewrite it in their own style and create a piece of new writing. It is not a process so simple. When you rewrite someone else's ideas, the article or the composition would look familiar to the reader. He would not find anything new in it neither from the content point of view nor from the layout. So, that would simply turn out as an act of copying someone's idea in one's simple English. We have been doing it in our school days when a question comes to describe something in detail and we rewrite the memories and studies accumulated about it in our mind.

So, what would be required in pusuit of writing is the assimilation of knowledge and information from different sources. More we read about a topic in different places, we get myriad of ideas and surprisingly sometimes contrasting views also. More we read and more we study more explicit we would be in our writing.

I strongly believe that a robust reading habit is a must and in fact resides inside a good writer. His knowledge would accordingly emanate from his writings.

Reading habits

Tips for effective writing

Reading is a good hobby and only way to gather knowledge. But it does not imply that a good reader would become a good writer. For pursuing a writing career one has to work hard and concentrate in the topic one want to present. There are some points which can be kept in consideration while making a career in writing.

  • Thought process is required before writing

    The act of writing does not start spontaneously. It requires some thinking and planning at the mental level. This is the stage at which assimilation of ideas for the topic are to be done and the skeleton of the article should evolve out from this.
  • Incorporation of new ideas with new angles

    A person desirous of writing has to read about the topic in details elsewhere and then add new ideas from his side to it and enrich it with that. This would make the writing complete and all by itself.
  • Layout and sequence in the writing

    One of the most important thing is that the writing is to be structured in sections and to be put in a logical sequence.
  • Grammar and language

    This is essential part of it and there is no excuse for not adhering to this basic requirement. Now a days many apps are available which can be used to find out the basic grammar and language mistakes in the wrrite up. Grammarly is one such populsr app used by the beginners.
  • Revising and editing

    One should not be in a hurry to submit the write up. It would not serve any purpose. Multiple revisions and editings might be required in the initial phases of writing. There is no harm in going for that extra editing round. It is that last round only which helps us in locating the grave errors in the write up.
  • Do not be perturbed with rejections

    Publishers and editors are always concerned to keep the reputation of their magazine or site as high as possible and it is imperative that they would not accept the sub standard articles. One has to keep that in mind and should not be discouraged by that. There is always a hidden opportunity in that to rewrite in better shape.

Are you a beginner?

Conclusion

There is no short cut to writing. It is an elaborate process of pondering to creation. Reading, retaining, assimilation and adding ideas are the basic elements used in creating a piece of effective writing. It takes time to learn writing and requires a good amount of patience for it.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Umesh Chandra Bhatt

Comments

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on June 22, 2020:

Hasibul, thanks a lot for your visit.

Hasibul Islam Apon from People’s Republic of Bangladesh on June 22, 2020:

Helpful advice

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on June 12, 2020:

Robert, you have made a valid observation. Thanks for visiting.

Robert Sacchi on June 12, 2020:

Some good writing tips. Maybe the most important aspect or writing is to write. Often times people think about what they are writing, wait for the right time to write, and in the end never complete the project.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on May 14, 2020:

Mahesh, thanks for your encouraging words. Appreciate.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on May 14, 2020:

Ana, thanks for visiting.

Mahesh Chandra Gaur on May 14, 2020:

Nicely composed and well-written article. Keep sharing.

Ana Yong from Singapore on May 14, 2020:

Well-written and good to read. Thanks.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on May 14, 2020:

Jim, thanks a lot.

Jim Henderson from Hattiesburg, Mississippi on May 14, 2020:

Will do.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on May 14, 2020:

Jim, so nice of you for your detailed comment. Thanks and keep in touch.

Jim Henderson from Hattiesburg, Mississippi on May 13, 2020:

Very helpful. I agree with you on the reading aspect. Very much critical. I also appreciate the part about writing being a process..Very much so.

The part I like about reading is the opportunity to acquire some thing simply by reading, that the writer took a lifetime to learn. And by learn, I mean more than mere facts but perspective and perception.

I believe, since you are a teacher, you will agree; when we attempt to teach something, the act of communicating makes us to better understand it ourselves.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 27, 2020:

SKMUNSHI, thanks a lot.

SKMUNSHI on March 26, 2020:

Only a good writer can nicely articulate the requirements as listed in your aricle.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 25, 2020:

Ajeet, thanks a lot.

ajeetongc on March 25, 2020:

Nice article for beginners.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 25, 2020:

Aruj, thanks a lot.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 25, 2020:

Upendra, thanks a lot.

Aruj on March 25, 2020:

A very well structured article with plenty of useful suggestions.

The quotes are a nice touch as well ☺️

Upendra Bhatt on March 25, 2020:

Very informative!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 20, 2020:

Anurag, thanks a lot.

Anurag on March 19, 2020:

A very encouraging and informative article for one who wish to have an instinct of genuine writing.

Highlighted core points one should adhere to go in the subject of writing.

Thanks for sharing on this platform.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 06, 2020:

Sangita, thanks for your nice words. Yes, I agree that daily habit of writing would help to a great extent. Thanks.

Sangita on March 06, 2020:

Great article. Most authors Whose talks I have attended add one more aspect of writing - write EVERYDAY. some may be good, some may be bad - but write a certain number of words every day.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 04, 2020:

Ivana, thanks for visiting and also for your nice comment. Appreciate.

Ivana Divac from Serbia on March 04, 2020:

Such an engaging and nicely written article. Very helpful!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on February 26, 2020:

Dora, thanks for your visit and happy to know that it was useful. Appreciate much.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 26, 2020:

Good advice. I measured myself by your suggestions from "pondering to creation." Very helpful.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on February 23, 2020:

DteamerMeg, you are very right that learning to write is the most important thing after reading. Appreciate your visit.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on February 23, 2020:

FlourishAnyway, agree with your views and thanks a lot for visiting.

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on February 23, 2020:

You have good points here, though I also like the idea of EXPERIENCE, not just reading about various things. I have always been a prolific reader but I didn't learn much about writing from it because I read ONLY for the story or the knowledge, not for learning how a story or article was put together. I only started learning that when I decided to learn how to improve my writing and that's the point you make about wanting to do something.

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 23, 2020:

I love Faulkner’s quote. Too bad he knew nothing of punctuation. The man vomited on a page but I liked it once upon a time. Not reading it again though.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on February 22, 2020:

Peggy, thanks for your nice words. Really appreciate.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 22, 2020:

Writing does take practice and is an art form all its own. I agree with you that reading is a prerequisite. That quote from William Faulkner says it all!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on February 22, 2020:

Marie, you have covered well what I could not assimilate in my article. I agree that there are no hard and fast rules. Also, it should come from within. Thanks for your detailed and illustrative comments. You gave me many points to ponder. Thanks a lot. I highly appreciate.

Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on February 22, 2020:

I must agree that reading is a good prerequisite to writing. Before that, however, one must have a passion for something--a genre, a hobby, an interest. The next best thing is to engage in that interest, whether it's watching mystery stories, planting a garden, or volunteering at a nursing home (these are some examples only).

While it's good to have guidelines or a mentor to follow, the inspiration has to come from within, something which can't be taught.

When I consider the hundreds of thousands of printed works I have read, I have come to the conclusion that there really are no hard and fast rules.

It's hard to write about writing. Language is a living, changing subject. What one authority deems as a rule, another has a different style.

It's good to be erudite, but vernaculars and jargon are also used in publication. It's all about style, the author's voice. That, coupled with feelings from the heart (and from the gut) make writing a good read.

Personally, I'm a hobbyist. I write when I'm inspired and have something to say.

Congratulations for attempting to define a difficult subject.

Blessings!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on February 22, 2020:

Eric, thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts with this. Feel delighted with your comments. Really appreciate.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 22, 2020:

I have been writing seriously for over 45 years. And I find this refreshing. I am bookmarking it.

I figure when I stop learning how to write I will give it up.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on February 22, 2020:

Mahesh, thanks for your visit. Happy that you went through the article. Appreciate.

Mahesh Chandra Gaur on February 22, 2020:

You have given some important tips for aspiring writers to help them improve their writing and come out with better attention-drawing articles.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt (author) from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on February 22, 2020:

Luz, thanks for your comment. Appreciate.

Liz Westwood from UK on February 22, 2020:

This is an interesting and helpful guide for aspiring writers.