Many-a-times in your life, you must have come across situations when people don’t appear to be interested in what you are saying or what you are delivering. You must be correct. But, the problem lied with your brevity. In today’s world, everyone’s busy in their so-called modern and busy life, no one likes to go through your long letters, mail resumes et cetera et cetera. The thing is, the person on the other side expects you to be precise, to be to the point. Speaking verbosely, doesn’t makes any sense.
So, next time whenever you are expressing yourself, just follow the following writing tips and you can see the change yourself.
Try to know what is actually expected from you. Try to get into the mindset of the readers. Never deliver those sentences that do not relate to the topic or misleads the reader. Once you get to know that, you can express your views and points in a much better and beautiful way.
2. Emotions behind a word
Every word has some emotions attached to it. Getting to the emotions hidden in them, makes your words come real and alive. Get to them, and you will have a thousand feeling and words just expressed in a small string of beautiful letters.
3. Writing in points
Writing in points is one of the important writing tips to make the content easier to read and comprehend. Every time you are penning down your views, just make sure you are giving them in points. People generally, don’t like to read views or points given and stated in paragraphs as a bulk. Writing in points, makes the readers go through the views easily, whereas while going through the views written in the form of a paragraph, the reader has to spend more time and brain to get to them.
4. Do not write verbosely
You have a thousand words waiting to be pinned down on the paper, just waiting to flow out of your mind, but, always remember, that however relevant your views be, never express them in a verbose manner.
5. Use right punctuation marks
Use the right punctuation marks when expressing yourself. Using punctuation marks at a wrong place could complete the change the meaning of your words and could give rise to wrong interpretations.
6. Value your words
Your words are precious, and so is your readers’ time. You and your readers have two things in common, you want to write less, and they want to read less. I have met many people in my life, who don’t even read messages that are relevant, just because they are a bit longer.
7. Use pictures and stats
Yes, using pictures and statistics while expressing yourself makes the set of words you are delivering come alive and appear relevant and real to your readers. A picture is worth a thousand words.
8. Have a good vocabulary
“The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”- Mark Twain
Having a good vocabulary makes you deliver to right word when penning down your views. Selecting the right word cuts down the need to explain them. They are self-explanatory.
Readers like originality, and what they also love is getting able to know new words. Read novels, books, and even go through the dictionaries to get hold of the new words. This will help you improve your vocabulary. Read interviews with the famous authors and see how they express themselves. Maintain a diary or a journal, write new words every day, and try to implement them in your writing.
9. Write like you are speaking
Deliver words in a way as if the reader is sitting in front of you, listening carefully to every word that comes out from your mouth. The word should speak themselves, the feelings and emotions attached, should come alive. They should not appear as a formality.
But, when choosing words, you need to be careful. Things like who your audience is, what their sentiments are, the niche, etc. all come into the play when writing. So, a PRO TIP would be to avoid falling in love with your own words no matter how good they sound to you. Your words are only good if they add sense to your whole copy. Hence, treat your words like replaceable goods.
10. The principle of KISS
“KISS – KEEP IT SIMPLE AND SHORT”
The last but not the least among the writing tips is the principle of KISS. Whether it be a position, when you need to answer someone or when there is any situation that needs to be answered logically, always remember this principle. Things appear nice only when they are short and are clearly stated. Even when you are placing your views in front of someone, always try to be short and to the point. Giving unnecessary long explanations doesn’t put a good impression on the person sitting in front or reading your article.
What’s Next? Write, Write, and Write!
After these writing tips, I just have one thing to say- Practice till your fingers bleed. It is no joke; you have to practice. You would want to get the minutest details right. Writing is best done when you do it in a flow. So, be the writer first, then the editor. Read as many articles you can and try to embrace different writing styles. It is okay if you can’t get your creative juices flowing, it is okay if you are on the slower side, and it is extremely fine if your writing doesn’t make sense at first. The goal is to let yourself you and write whatever you want and whatever style you want. After that, you can edit ruthlessly, work on your punctuations, and try to make short and punchy sentences.