Writing With Power: 5 Snappy Rules For Success
Almost everyone could profit from enhancing their writing skills. From writing more crisp meta-tags – which search engine bots find quite sexy – to turbo-charging your blog readership by writing with punch, a skilled pen can propel any online effort in right direction. But who has time, money or know-how to tackle this daunting task, right? On contrary, I have just free and powerful writing clinic for you. We have named it “Writing With Power.” And did I mention it’s free?
Here, we – my friends and I – aim to lend a boost to your writing skills fast. We do this for people all time by showing them how to use George Orwell’s oh-so-practical principles of good writing. Today, I will offer five of them, and show you how to use them with ease. But first I must introduce you to an odd sort of person, whom I call, “Homo Graphicus,” and he stars in a very popular fib dubbed “Myth of Great Writer.”
What does he do? He sits far back in recesses of your mind, whittling away at another masterpiece. For, you see, he flawlessly crafts only finest specimens of literary art, and he does so day-in and day-out. No piles of crumpled paper wads litter his desk or floor, and he doesn’t DO erasers. He simply presses “insight” button, absorbs inspired notion, and, with a flick of wrist, returns to churning out his next scripted champion.
Now, good news for those of us with all creative flare of peet moss is this: this man does not exist. There are no great writers. The world knows only great rewriters. The way to produce a fine piece of writing comes by outlining briefly what you wish to say, filling out floor plan with a few data from your research, and then by sifting carefully through first draft many times – systematically. Just follow rules, step-by-step.
So where’s love? It comes by filtering unruly items from your draft (with our rules), and replacing them with beloved features of good writing. Here, you take your very rough draft – and some will prove rougher than others – and purge from it all dross in a step-by-step fashion, with rules simple enough for clever pets to follow. Even Cocoa could do this.
Our first rule, we shall say this way: prefer concrete nouns to abstract. By “concrete” I mean to suggest that you should employ kinds of nouns we can all see, taste, smell, hear and see. This would include fish, cars, toasters, and DVD’s. Abstract nouns, on other hand, insist on playing hide-and-seek from our five senses. Most of badly overused ones end in “-tion.” These include words like marginalization, utilization, and transportation. Good rewriters will make every effort to paint pictures, so to speak, in minds of their readers. Do not simply tell them, SHOW them. Now be assured that no one has foggiest idea what “marginalization” looks like, but we all know a marshmallow when we see one. Paint vivid, lustrous – even golden – pictures in your readers’ minds. Use images that drip honey. So replace do-nothing abstract nouns in your draft with smoldering wicks, chandeliers of fiery brass, and shimmering scarlet wine (preferably California Cabernets).