Writing for Yourself

Written by Amrit Hallan

I often see writers getting bogged down by "markets". They constantly worry about who is going to like their work and who is not going to like their work.

Before I go further with what I intend to convey in this article, I would like to make a few things clear. There are many sorts of writers: Romance Writers, Fantasy Writers, Mystery Writers, Erotica Writers, etc. And of course, Copywriters and Journalists. Writers belonging to these categories have to constantly keep in their minds for what sort of readers they are writing. I don't mean to portray them as lesser writers, but they are basically catering torepparttar concept of "demand and supply", and they are basically writing for money. You may ask: what's wrong in that? Nothing. I myself offer my writing services to those who are willing to pay.

Personally I believe, if you want to excel inrepparttar 129689 field of writing, you have to see yourself beyond such peripheries of categories and markets. I often find myself saying, "Writers write for themselves, readers read them if they like them." Some sayrepparttar 129690 statement is arrogant, but I couldn't care less.

You can't write well if you are always worrying about your readers. An aim of every worthy writer is to communicate in his own style, and still be able to communicate.

The first step in this direction is, to believe that you are right, without running intorepparttar 129691 quicksand conceit. I have gone through this useless phase of vanity and it wasrepparttar 129692 most unproductive period of my life as a writer. A writer never writes on pre-drawn lines. He/she always defines and creates a unique style, and if that style carries valid originality, there is a miniscule chance of it being rejected by readers.

You have to be passionate about your writing even if it sounds ritualistic. Stay away from affectations just to please your readers. The passion always comes through your words, your phrases, your full stops and commas. This is a wonderful thing about words. They exactly conveyrepparttar 129693 way you feel no matter how adeptly you try to convey something else.


Written by Bob McElwain

Writing is writing, right?

Well, yes and no. Certainly there are requirements common to all writing. Correct spelling, for example. Butrepparttar requirements vary according torepparttar 129687 task.

In writing a story, such things as sustaining suspense and pace are fundamental. Ifrepparttar 129688 reader does not feel compelled to turnrepparttar 129689 page,repparttar 129690 tale does not "sell."

Oddly enough this characteristic essential in fiction, applies to writing articles. If visitors do not read enthusiastically torepparttar 129691 end ofrepparttar 129692 work, then you did not reach them.

A Rule Of Thumb

While there are many options in structuring an article, it's hard to beat that old, tried and true formula that goes like this.

> Tell 'em what you're going to say.

> Say it.

> Then tell 'em what you said.

This format is excellent. Readers can see in a glance whether or not they have need forrepparttar 129693 information that follows. Thus they can quickly move on if they do not. What's more, they will thank you for not wasting their time by dragging them into content of no help to them. This applies to articles you write for your newsletter and for those you submit to others.

Some Guidelines

The following are must-have elements authors who want their work to be accepted as first rate must include. While I'm thinking of articles here, all applies pretty much as stated to web pages as well.

Writing Without A Purpose

It doesn't work. You have likely seen hastily written newsletters that simply ramble from beginning to end. Sure, there may be an idea or two mixed in that's worth a thought. But most will go unnoticed for few will struggle throughrepparttar 129694 ramblings.

Before beginning, a clear purpose forrepparttar 129695 piece needs to be defined. The point you want to make, if you will. Orrepparttar 129696 information you want to provide.

Next considerrepparttar 129697 points your want to include that collectively define that purpose and demonstrate its value.

Start With A Bang

The title matters more than many believe. Think of it asrepparttar 129698 headline on a sales presentation. Its purpose is to drawrepparttar 129699 reader intorepparttar 129700 first paragraph ofrepparttar 129701 article.

The first line ofrepparttar 129702 first paragraph, andrepparttar 129703 first paragraph itself, are critical. It is while reading this text, your reader will decide whether or not to continue.

Hold To A Steady Even Flow

While extensive outlining is not much help, it's a good idea to know before you begin writing, how you plan to grab attention immediately. And equally important, how you want to wrap. This needs snap, if you can manage it. Something memorablerepparttar 129704 reader carries away that reminds them of what was presented.

Given you know how you want to begin and end, considerrepparttar 129705 points you want to make withinrepparttar 129706 article. Some recommend ordering these points withrepparttar 129707 most important first. This isrepparttar 129708 format used in newspapers so that wherever a reader quits, they have seenrepparttar 129709 strongest points.

While many also recommend this format for articles, it doesn't work as well for me. Flow matters more. That is, begin withrepparttar 129710 point that matters most if possible. But be sure it flows fromrepparttar 129711 headline. Else choose to open with a lesser point. There must be no sudden "jump" betweenrepparttar 129712 headline and first sentence.

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