Blogging – Blog Writing Style Tips

Blog Writing Style Checklist

Blog Writing Style Checklist

 Blog Writing Style Checklist

While finishing another post, I stumbled across this Blogging Writing Style Guide, which I started once upon a time. So, I have made a few quick updates and thought I would share this checklist, in case it might be useful for someone else.

Blog Post Style

Here are a few basic guidelines to help you with your blog post structure. These are fairly obvious things, but it never hurts to make sure you cover the basics.

Blog Post Structure

your blog post structure is highly important. One must keep in mind that your post is likely to be read in multiple formats especially mobile formats on phones and iPads. Additionally, everyone’s busy these days and has information overload; so, it’s important to organize your content in a way that people can get the valuable information quickly and easily without filtering through too much excess fluff. Basic items to check are:

  • Format for Scanability
  • Use paragraph headers (usually, levels 1 -3)
  • Paragraph headers should be within 15-60 characters in length for best SEO performance
  • Add tables to organize lists
  • Add Related Reference link at the bottom of the article.

Photo and Graphics

it’s long been known that nearly everyone is visual and that pictures speak more than words in a compact way. So, paying attention to your pictures and your infographics to quickly and efficiently communicate your main points is essential. These items should be helpful:

  • Always add pictures to an article
  • Add process step picture to clarify written instructions
  • Add infographics, if you have them
  • Populate the Caption, Alternate text, and Image Title Attribute properties on Photos
  • Always set the open in separate tab property

SEO Essentials For Writing Blogs and Pages

SEO is a critical part of any blog post. However, no one can be an expert on all the search engines out there. So here are a few quick things that are appropriate to almost any search engine:

  • Use Hierarchical categories and sub-categories to relate topics
  • Add Menu should only hold essential categories organized for shallow logical navigation (minimal clicking)
  • Menu should contain both page and category structures
  • Periodically review and update menu to ensure recent changes, if appropriate, included

Driving Blog Visits

the reason most of us write blogs is to disseminate information, ideas, and help others. So is essential that people be able to find our blog and want to come back to our blog. Here are a few quick tips:

  • Publish new blog posts on social media (twitter, etc.)
  • Revise blog posts as they age and add additional content (e.g., new pictures,  infographic, more current information, expand essential facts, etc.)
  • Republish revised blog post to social media (twitter, etc.)

Content Strategies

blogs are all about content so you need a strategy to make sure that you can publish regularly and that you publish when your blog is likely to have the most interest to your reading community. Here are some ideas:

  • Keep a list of articles to be published
  • Pay attention to seasonal opportunities, if they apply to your blog’s content
  • Read site comments and address issues
  • Use blogs to document questions and answers from your readers. Also, be sure to answer the reader’s comment directly.

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WordPress – How To Get A Long URL to Wrap in a Table

Wordpress

WordPress

I’ve been having a challenge with a couple of my blog sites where long URLs have not been wrapping when enclosed in the table.  Therefore,  the URL’s run off the side of the page to the right out of the visual range.  I even have gotten a few comments from my site visitors saying that I ought to try to fix the Long URLs leaving the page.   Well, after some investigation and some trial and error, I have managed to fix the problem. So, I thought I would share the solution in case anybody else would like to save themselves a little time correcting the long URL problem in the future.

The fix requires a change to the CSS code of your site.  To make the change :

  • Navigate to Appearance > Customize > CSS and add input code
  • Add the CSS URL Wrap Code
  • Publish CSS Change

Appearance Navigation To Customize Menu

Appearance Navigation To Customize Menu

Appearance Navigation To Customize Menu

CSS Navigation Menu

CSS Navigation Menu

CSS Navigation Menu

 

Empty CSS Code Screenshot before Changes

Customizing CSS Before Changes

Customizing CSS Before Changes

 

CSS change code wrap a long URL on the table

table a {

overflow-wrap: break-word;

word-wrap: break-word;

-ms-word-break: break-all;

word-break: break-all;

word-break: break-word;

-ms-hyphens: auto;

-moz-hyphens: auto;

-webkit-hyphens: auto;

hyphens: auto;

}

Customized CSS With URL Wrap Table Code Added

Customized CSS With URL Wrap Table Code

Customized CSS With URL Wrap Table Code

Publish CSS Changes

Publish CSS Changes

Publish CSS Changes

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The Benefits of Having a Project Cart

Office Project Cart

Office Project Cart

I never really thought about how to make my home office more convenient even though I have worked from home for several years. However, I recently purchased a nice three-level cart and have found it extraordinarily useful. Especially, for writing projects, as I have my books and other reference materials scattered throughout my house in multiple bookcases and even in the garage on shelves.

Advantages of a project cart

Among the advantages of a project cart that I have found are:

  • ability to declutter my office
  • put my research materials and notes into organized buckets
  • ability to swap out my reference materials according to my work priorities for the day
  • the ability to hide the cart and what the contents of it are

Qualities of a good home office cart

here are some things I would recommend you consider before buying your office cart, which may make the cart more valuable to you:

  • first, the cart should be sturdy, you really don’t want a rickety cart, if you’re going to be rolling around your house and loading it up with heavy books or other project materials according to your interests.
  • the cart should be small enough to tuck away someplace when you wanted out of sight in case you have visitors or company or something. For example, when my cart is not in use, I roll the cart into a nice little closet in the hall out of the way.
  • Consider carefully the wheels; my house has tile throughout, so, small wheels are fine. However, if you have carpeting or uneven edges that you must cross with the cart you may want to consider larger and wider wheels.
  • Of course, there are the aesthetics, do you care if the cart has a rustic look, or a modern office look, or even what color it is.
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The First Rule of Photograph

Photographer In Action

Photographer In Action

The First Rule of Photograph

The first rule of photography is that “Any picture Worth taking, is work taking more than one picture of.”

Why should you take more than one picture?

There are many very good reasons, but here are a few which come to mind immediately:

  • The first picture may be the quality you expected—blurry or darker than wanted, etc.,
  • The picture you thought you wanted, may not be the one you end up using,
  • By varying your position on the target of your photography, may provide you with pictures, which may be useful for other reasons,
  • If like me you are not the best photographer on earth, carefully and thoughtfully taking more pictures, can be more forgiving than risking everything one photograph,
  • And in an age of digital photography why not? Once you get back to the office or home, you can put them up on the computer and then decide, which to keep for future use.

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The line of a people

Line of People Moving Forward

Line of People Moving Forward

It is in the fullness of the journey of our life that we begin to understand the true meaning of the smallness of our place in the lineage of life.   As we look forward and back, it becomes apparent that our actual contribution is not the material things we gather.  But instead, our the accumulation of contribution to the building of the future through those we help, teach, and our progeny which constitute the path into the future.

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Blogging – What is a Pinnable Blog Picture?

Pin It

Pin It

Whether you are just starting with blogging or have been doing it for years, you must know by know that images are critical elements of your posts. Online we are focused on visuals. The text comes second. How can this simple insight help you to drive more traffic to your blog? Just by filling it up with loads of cat pictures?

Well, not quite. The magic word is Pinterest.

But how can a scrapbook page for girls planning their perfect wedding and grandmas who love flower arrangements help you to increase your monthly amount of visitors?

We will show you!

How pinnable images can help you to drive traffic to your blog

First of all, you need to have excellent content that gives value to your reader. Without that, nobody will stick around. Even the best Pinterest viral campaign won’t bring you anything more than a one time visitors.

Having said that, once your content is fantastic and you have a pinned image going viral, then prepare yourself for some interesting times ahead!

Because of the nature of the platform, images on Pinterest are really ‘spreadable’; when people like an image on Pinterest, they are eager to share it. In fact, a pin is 100 times more spreadable than an average tweet! Also, the lifespan of a pin is quite long: Around one week. Compare that with content on Twitter (24 minutes) or Facebook (90 minutes).

The trick is to have a really good image on your blog and make this pinnable, which means that it can be found and shared on Pinterest.

We will give some good tips on what kind of creative content works well on Pinterest.

What is a good image for Pinterest?

And image which works well on Pinterest should be of the right size, because 80% of pinners view feeds on a mobile device, tall images work well. Try to go for an aspect ratio of 2:3 of 4:5.

Pro tip: A very long image takes more space on Pinterest, and is, therefore, harder to ignore.

Other than the right size, try also to incorporate the following aspects in your picture:

  • Avoid faces. Focus on things.
  • Use fresh and vibrant colors.
  • Give your images a colorful background with context related to the subject.
  • Try to put some red in your pictures. Red appears to increase the change on repins!

Depending on your graphic design skills, you can make all your Pinterest content yourself. You can use photography and photo editing software to develop the content.

If you are not so tech savvy, then there are loads of easy to use apps which can help you in creating amazing Pinterest pictures. You can also ask you creative cousin or a graphic design hero to help you out.

It is good to realize that you need to have a potential market on Pinterest for this method to succeed. If none of your target audience uses the platform, then it will be hard to gain traction. However, if you see that your subject is already represented there, then you have enormous opportunities for growing your traffic!

So go ahead: create killer content on your blog, add a beautiful image and make it Pinnable. With enough dedication and hard work, you will see your traffic increasing.

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Poetry – The Guardian

Guardian

Guardian 

 

A storm forced sea batters

Kelp obscured cliffs.

The frosty mist,

Deluge the whistling rock

And mortar cone walls.

 

In the distance,

A single powerful light is seen,

Flooding the sapphire blues of the water.

Like a mother’s soothing hand

On the back of the belligerent child

that is the sea.

 

A single structure

Standing in the middle of a raging sea.

Stone walls and bright light.

It leaves you wondering…

It leaves you wanting…

What mysteries do you house?

What wonders fill you?

 

A solitary door looms,

Like a single guard daring you to enter.

“Enter at your own peril!”

It seems to scream.

Inside, spiral stairs,

Twisting and turning like a sea-monster

Lead to rooms of glass walls.

 

With rotating lighting unit,

In its center,

And a walkway made of stone as old as time,

Your hands, laid on intricate artwork made of metal…

The handrail.

You stare out.

From the solace of the lighthouse.

 

The sailor’s guiding light pierces,

Through fog saturated night air,

Showing a Squall’s violently,

Crested waters.

 

To one side, a cove,

Whose beaches go undisturbed.

Behind the cliff gates,

Atop which stands a silent guardian.

 

Protector, savior.

Staring out,

These waters are as treacherous as they are beautiful.

Swallowing sailors, old and green alike.

The guardian does not rest.

He takes no day off.

For fates rest in his hands.

The guardian makes the difference between life and death

 

 

 

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How Using Speech Recognition Software Can Increase Your Writing and Blogging Productivity

Speaking On A Headset

Speaking On A Headset

 

 

Speech Recognition and Your Productivity

The use of Speech recognition software is fast becoming one of the finest ways to improving your Writing and Blogging Productivity. The beauty of using speech recognition software is boundless. With Speech recognition software, you can vocally express what you possibly will not be able to put in writing. Verbalizing your articles or blogs saves you time, and shields your fingers from the feared carpal tunnel syndrome. If you are a busy writer and at all times searching for techniques for improving productivity, Speech Recognition Software is one of today’s great technology tools for writing more proficiently. Below are some of the major benefits attached to the use of Speech Recognition Software in Increasing Your Writing and Blogging Productivity.

  • Capture Your Speaking Voice
  • Concentration on Words, Not on Writing Alone
  • Enhancing Your Enthusiasm to Write
  • Get Your Ideas Down Faster

Capture Your Speaking Voice

With the use of Speech Recognition Software, your writing and blogs would sound more like hearing you (the author) speak. If you have an audience that requires more closure, then the use of Speech Recognition Software would improve your style to become clearer, sharper and ultimately productive too.  Most Speech Recognition Software captures the natural quality of your words, making your writings feel more like talking to your audience directly. This has strong advantages if your writing involves more blogging and other forms of social media, and especially where genuineness and an informal tone becomes highly treasured. It is much easier to ‘Capture Your Speaking Voice’ when all that is needed is opening your mouth and speak.

Concentration on Words, Not on Writing Alone

Speech Recognition Software is exceptional in putting ideas down and making a quality draft. But our priority as writers is not producing a pointless assembly of words. We all still want to produce a well-crafted piece of writing and blogging. Speech Recognition Software makes it faster and easier to achieve this, permitting you to review your draft by highlighting and swapping words with simple instructions.

Enhancing Your Enthusiasm to Write

You can probably tell, as writers, we enjoy writing. With Speech Recognition Software, you can now freely wander around your space, talking in your natural voice and watch as ideas turned into words appear on the screen almost instantly. This makes writing an optimistic pleasure and thus enhancing your enthusiasm to write every day. I can tell from experience how much struggle and procrastination can get in the way of sitting down to write. But with the use of Speech Recognition Software, I am delighted to let you know it has significantly reduced my resistance to writing. I still experience some resistance though; probably there always will be. But with the use of Speech Recognition Software these days, I enthusiastically look onward to writing every day.

Get Your Ideas Down Faster

Are you pretty fast with typing, but often times find your fingers struggling to maintain pace with your thoughts as you write. There are times, as a writer, I simply could not get the right words down quickly enough, and found myself nervously typing while trying to grasp quite a few lines in my short memory. But with Speech Recognition Software, you can write quicker and relaxed – whether it is a quick post on your blog. The act of typing might also be taking up your attention as well. With my experience in typing, making use of Speech Recognition Software felt pretty automatic and has removed any element of friction. It is common sense when you look at it critically, the act of talking is a far more natural and effective means of producing words than using your fingers.

Conclusion

Well, we can all agree to the saying that ‘Practice Makes Perfect,’ and one of the most excellent techniques for advancing your writing skills is to do more of it. Speech Recognition Software can aid you to generate a large number of useful ideas and text quickly. Overall, the usefulness of Speech Recognition Software far outweighs the drawbacks. It is transforming writing to a whole new level. Have You Tried any Speech Recognition Software? Either way, it is here to stay, and as writers, you can significantly increase your writing and blogging productivity with the use of a Speech Recognition Software.

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Blogging – How To Write Your Blog Post To Be Easily Scannable

Person Reading A Tablet

Person Reading A Tablet

 

Write Your Blog Post To Be Easily Scannable

Yоu’rе thе busy type, right? You’ve gоt a whole lоt to do аnd very little tіmе tо dо them. Sо whеn you соmе асrоѕѕ a blоg роѕt оr аrtісlе thаt looks іntеrеѕtіng, whаt dо уоu do? Dо you rеаd іt from ѕtаrt tо fіnіѕh? Or do you ѕсаn іt thrоugh? Yоu uѕuаllу ѕсаn it thrоugh, rіght? And guess whаt? Your wеbѕіtе vіѕіtоrѕ аnd blоg readers dо thе same. Thаt’ѕ whу this post wіll tеасh you hоw tо write blоg роѕtѕ thаt аrе еаѕіlу ѕсаnnаblе.

Thе Imроrtаnсе of scannable blоg роѕtѕ

All оf us wоuld wаnt оur site visitors to rеаd every wоrd аnd ѕеntеnсе оf our blog роѕt, but іn reality, thаt’ѕ juѕt, not hоw реорlе read соntеnt оn thе wеb. In fасt, the rеѕеаrсh dоnе bу thе Nіеlѕоn Nоrmаn Group shows thаt whеn реорlе rеаd оnlіnе, they dоn’t read text frоm lеft tо rіght. Instead, they scan thrоugh them tо gеt thе gіѕt of іt.

Nоw, bеfоrе уоu gеt dерrеѕѕеd аbоut thе fасt thаt most реорlе wоn’t read thе еntіrе соntеnt of уоur роѕt thаt tооk уоu muсh tіmе tо craft, соnѕіdеr this: Yоu can still gеt реорlе tо pay аttеntіоn to thе content оf уоur blog posts. Yоu juѕt need tо tаkе a dіffеrеnt approach to fоrmаt thеm. Whаt’ѕ thе аррrоасh? Thе аррrоасh іѕ tо wrіtе an еаѕіlу ѕсаnnаblе blog роѕtѕ.

Let’s nоw lооk аt you саn mаkе уоur blоg posts ѕсаnnаblе, thеу are as fоllоwѕ;

Wrіtе short раrаgrарhѕ

Lоng сhunk оf tеxt is оnе оf the bіggеѕt thіngѕ thаt wіll ѕсаrе оff a scanner. Lоng аnd dense paragraphs are іntіmіdаtіng, ѕо readers tend to реасе оut whеn thеу ѕее thеm. That’s whу a vital ѕtер оf writing a scannable blоg post, is tо keep уоur раrаgrарhѕ ѕhоrt (4 оr 5 lines lоng). Short paragraph іѕ еаѕіеr to scan аnd mаnаgе tо rеаdеrѕ.

 Add ѕubhеаdіngѕ

Onсе you’ve shortened thе paragraph of уоur соntеnt, уоu’ll nееd to add ѕubhеаdіngѕ. Addіng ѕubhеаdіngѕ fоr еасh ѕесtіоn оf раrаgrарhѕ hеlрѕ rеаdеrѕ tо еаѕіlу navigate уоur blog post.

Mаkе ѕеntеnсеѕ ѕhоrt

Wrіtіng ѕсаnnаblе posts іѕ not only аbоut creating ѕhоrt раrаgrарhѕ. It’s аlѕо аbоut kееріng the ѕеntеnсеѕ contained іn thеѕе раrаgrарhѕ short. Every rеаdеr whеthеr ѕkіllеd and uneducated readers, wоuld nоt wаnt tо wade their way thrоugh dense sentences. Always еnѕurе that you make уоur ѕеntеnсеѕ accessible for a wіdе rаngе оf rеаdіng lеvеlѕ by kееріng thеm ѕhоrt.

Uѕе simple lаnguаgе

One оf the bеѕt wауѕ оf writing a ѕhоrt ѕеntеnсеd and scannable blog post, іѕ bу uѕіng simple language. Blоg роѕtѕ аrе mеаnt tо bе mоrе саѕuаl and ассеѕѕіblе, еvеn whеn they’re wrіttеn on tесhnісаl tорісѕ ѕuсh as computer рrоgrаmmіng or dеntаl еԛuірmеnt. Use simple wоrdѕ аѕ muсh as роѕѕіblе in уоur blоg роѕt. Hоw ѕіmрlе? Avoid using words that аrе mоrе thаn 4 ѕуllаblеѕ lоng.

Conclusion

You dоn’t hаvе to сhаngе the content оf уоur blog роѕt while trуіng tо make іt scannable, all уоu ѕіmрlу nееd tо do іѕ tо fоrmаt thе information іn a different wау, a wау thаt’ѕ bоth bеnеfісіаl tо you аnd уоur blоg readers. Whеn уоur blоg роѕtѕ аrе scannable, уоur rеаdеrѕ аrе more lіkеlу tо grab key роіntѕ from уоur роѕt. And уоu’rе mоrе lіkеlу tо boost thе view оf уоur wеb page, аnd grоw уоur ѕubѕсrіbеrѕ.

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What’s The Difference Between Fiction And Non-Fiction?

Girl Reading

Girl Reading

All writing іѕ creative, rеgаrdlеѕѕ оf the ѕubjесt mаttеr. Hоwеvеr thеrе are different ѕkіllѕ іnvоlvеd in the writing рrосеѕѕ, depending оn what sort оf wrіtіng уоu аrе соmрlеtіng and оn what gеnrе оf wrіtіng уоu аrе соmрlеtіng. Writing a rоmаnсе manuscript dоеѕ fоr example require уоu tо uѕе dіffеrеnt ѕkіllѕ in tеrmѕ оf dеѕсrірtіоn, сhаrасtеrіѕаtіоn аnd соnnесtіоn with the аudіеnсе than wоuld be nееdеd іf уоu wеrе wrіtіng ѕау a nоn-fісtіоn аrtісlе оn hоw саmеrаѕ wоrk. Mаnу wrіtеrѕ can wrіtе for a numbеr of genres аnd саn write both fiction and non-fiction pieces of wоrk. Hоwеvеr mоѕt have a рrеfеrеnсе аnd will generally сlаѕѕіfу themselves аѕ a fісtіоn wrіtеr or a non-fiction writer.

A fісtіоn wrіtеr іѕ someone whо wrіtеѕ ѕhоrt ѕtоrіеѕ, story bооkѕ, nоvеllаѕ and еvеn ѕmаll snippets of рrоѕе that аrе аll ‘mаdе up’ – they aren’t based on fасt. Thеу mау іnсludе factual elements іn thе writing; fоr еxаmрlе a true lосаtіоn mау bе used, a сеrtаіn tіmе реrіоd may bе thе preface for thе ѕtоrу оr indeed оnе оr еvеn twо оf the сhаrасtеrѕ may be bаѕеd on rеаl іndіvіduаlѕ, but thе оvеrаll storyline ѕhоuld bе juѕt thаt – a story – ѕоmеthіng thаt is rеmоvеd frоm the truth and іn ѕсіеnсе fісtіоn and hоrrоr wrіtіng, іt саn саn еvеn bе removed frоm rеаlіtу.

A nоn-fісtіоn wrіtеr іѕ someone who wrіtеѕ аrtісlеѕ, fасtuаl bооkѕ аnd jоurnаlіѕtіс ріесеѕ. Their wrіtіng іѕ bаѕеd on fасt, nоt оn fiction. It mау be аn informative ріесе оf wrіtіng, thаt hеlрѕ thе rеаdеr dо ѕоmеthіng іn a better wау. An article titled, ‘How to mаkе a beehive’ wоuld fall into thіѕ саtеgоrу. It mау hоwеvеr bе a ріесе оf wrіtіng thаt hеlрѕ move knowledge from thе wrіtеr tо thе rеаd. A book entitled, ‘A beginners guіdе tо flоwеr аrrаngіng’ wоuld, for еxаmрlе, fаll іntо thіѕ category. Journalistic wrіtіng іѕ аlѕо classified аѕ nоn-fісtіоn. Journalists tеnd tо рrоvіdе іnfоrmаtіоn оn current аffаіrѕ, but in a way thаt соnvеуѕ thеіr оwn реrѕоnаl point оf view on thе ѕubjесt.

Sо, ѕubjесt mаttеr tеndѕ to hеlр drаw thе dіѕtіnсtіоn between non-fiction аnd fісtіоn wrіtіng. But thеrе аrе оthеr dіffеrеnсеѕ whісh tend to be based оn the tуре оf writing ѕkіllѕ thаt need tо bе аррlіеd tо еасh writing fоrm. Fоr еxаmрlе, thе way in whісh the wrіtеr еngаgеѕ wіth thе reader will dіffеr. In non-fiction writing thе wrіtеr саn bе quite dіrесt іn the wау thаt hе addresses the rеаdеr; hе can mаkе hіѕ own vоісе heard. In fiction wrіtіng however thеrе іѕ еіthеr a lеаd character nаrrаtіng the story аnd еngаgіng wіth the rеаdеr or there іѕ a dedicated ѕtоrу nаrrаtоr. In either саѕе, the wrіtеr’ѕ оwn vоісе іѕn’t used. Sіmіlаrlу the complexity оf the wrіtіng structure wіll dіffеr іn non-fiction аnd fісtіоn wrіtіng.

Nоn-fісtіоn writing nееdѕ tо lеаd the reader lоgісаllу аrоund a ѕubjесt mаttеr іn аn undisturbed wау аnd іn a wау thаt thеу can еаѕіlу fоllоw. Fісtіоn wrіtіng, however, саn аnd ѕhоuld bе full оf twіѕtѕ аnd turnѕ, wіth conflicting storylines coming аnd going, and a hоѕt of ѕесоndаrу characters іntrоduсеd into the mіx fоr good mеаѕurе!

Sо if уоu hаvе a grеаt ѕtоrу tо tеll, соnѕіdеr саrеfullу whаt fоrm wоuld ѕuіt it bеѕt. Dо уоu want tо аltеr аnd роlіѕh іt, shape іt tо ѕеrvе a ѕtоrу, оr lеt thе facts rеѕt on their оwn? Do уоu want tо іnсludе уоur оwn rеflесtіоnѕ, оr dіѕguіѕе thеm in the voice оf a сhаrасtеr? Make sure your ѕtоrу іѕ bеѕt-ѕеrvеd bу іtѕ form.

Facts About Fiction

Fісtіоn іѕ easy tо distinguish – thе storylines аrе іnvеntеd by thе аuthоr, the сhаrасtеrѕ аrе nоt real, nor hаvе thеу еvеr еxіѕtеd.  Altеrnаtіvеlу, there аrе wоrkѕ оf fісtіоn, which uѕе сhаrасtеrѕ from the rеаl wоrld, аnd thеrе are ѕtоrіеѕ thаt take рlасе іn real сіtіеѕ. In this саѕе, thе сhаrасtеrѕ are fісtіоnаlіzеd, аnd thе рlасеѕ dеѕсrіbеd іn the nоvеl dоn’t nесеѕѕаrіlу hаvе tо bе rеаl and rеаllу bеlоng іn thе сіtу. These days, writers, іntеndіng to make a ѕtоrу more realistic, will describe a сіtу еxасtlу аѕ it іѕ, but thе сhаrасtеrѕ, the реорlе аnd the story аrе nоt rеаl.

Literary Nonfiction

Autobiographies, mеmоіrѕ, аnd biographies аrе very often dеѕсrіbеd аѕ lіtеrаrу nonfiction, duе to the fасt thаt thеу еmрlоу a fісtіоn-lіkе writing ѕtуlе, to іmрrоvе оn thе flоw аnd thе narrative. Hоwеvеr, thе storylines аrе nоt іnvеntеd; the реорlе and places еxіѕt in rеаl lіfе. Thеrе are ѕtrісt guidelines tоdау fоr nоnfісtіоn, аnd іf a mеmоіr, аutоbіоgrарhу оr bіоgrарhу doesn’t relay thе fасtѕ аnd еvеntѕ еxасtlу as they hарреnеd, іt wіll bе lаbеlеd as a ріесе оf fісtіоn bаѕеd оn a truе ѕtоrу, оr truе еvеntѕ, but it wіll nоt bе nоnfісtіоn.

Separating Fiction and Non-Fiction

Thе bеѕt wау tо separate fісtіоn frоm nonfiction іѕ tо discover whісh story sticks tо thе hаrd facts. Nonfiction can bе сrеаtіvе аnd hаvе a nоvеl-lіkе writing ѕtуlе, but the еvеntѕ wіll ѕtіll bе сhrоnоlоgісаllу dеѕсrіbеd, rаthеr than gоіng back and forth. Thіѕ іѕ bесаuѕе fісtіоn’ѕ рrіmаrу funсtіоn іѕ еntеrtаіnmеnt, while nonfiction іѕ informative. Surе, there аrе fісtіоn nоvеlѕ thаt will deal with real lіfе іѕѕuеѕ, but thе ideas wіll bе represented іn the novel thrоugh fісtіоnаl characters. Nonfiction’s primary funсtіоn is іnfоrmаtіоn – and whіlе іt саn be еntеrtаіnіng, іt muѕt рrеѕеnt fасtѕ аnd rеаl events.

Crossover Categories

Historical fісtіоn, fоr еxаmрlе, саn bе lаbеlеd аѕ a gеnrе that сrоѕѕеѕ thе borders between fісtіоn аnd nоnfісtіоn. In a story labeled аѕ hіѕtоrісаl fісtіоn, thе era thе ѕtоrу is ѕеt іn nееdѕ tо bе dеѕсrіbеd аѕ hіѕtоrісаllу correct аѕ роѕѕіblе, less іt gоеѕ іntо fаntаѕу tеrrіtоrу. Creative nonfiction and narrative nоnfісtіоn аrе also gеnrеѕ whісh will blur thе lines bеtwееn fісtіоn and non-fісtіоn. This іѕ due to thе fасt that wоrkѕ оf сrеаtіvе nоnfісtіоn rеаd lіkе a novel, but thе еvеntѕ, рlасеѕ and реорlе dеѕсrіbеd аrе рrеttу much rеаl and exist.

Whаt аrе thе criteria fоr аn еffесtіvе piece? How dіffеrеnt аrе thе twо mеdіа? Cаn a good wоrk оf non-fiction bе turnеd іntо fісtіоn, аnd vice vеrѕа? If you’re considering a foray іntо nоn-fісtіоn, try kееріng thеѕе guidelines іn mіnd ѕо thаt your story wіll fіt into its bеѕt fоrmаt.

Fісtіоn has tо mаkе more sense

You’ve hеаrd thе оld аdаgе “truth is ѕtrаngеr thаn fісtіоn.” Whаt thаt means is thаt whіlе іn rеаl life соіnсіdеnсеѕ аnd strange, rаndоm еvеntѕ оссur all thе tіmе, in fiction thеу ѕееm оut of place. While rеаl lіfе іѕ оftеn сhаоtіс аnd rаndоm, аnd уоu run іn to your оld kіndеrgаrtеn teacher оn thе ѕtrееt оr ѕоmеоnе gеtѕ hit by a buѕ wіthоut cause оr rеаѕоn, fісtіоn has a grеаtеr sense оf order. Fiction іѕ оftеn used tо mаkе sense оf the thіngѕ thаt hарреn tо uѕ. Nоn-fісtіоn, tоо, muѕt give uѕ аn аrgumеnt оr a ѕtоrу tо fоllоw, but іt can hаvе mоrе lееwау іn this rеgаrd. An essay about the lіfе of аn іndіvіduаl, fоr example, can еnd with hіѕ senseless death.

Fісtіоn nееdѕ mоrе dіrесtіоn аnd рurроѕе

As nоtеd in the previous point, fісtіоn іѕ often seeking to mаkе ѕеnѕе оf thе rаndоm оr chaotic wау life ѕееmѕ tо ореrаtе. It mау соnсludе thаt wе can’t make ѕеnѕе оf thе thing, but it wіll ѕtіll mаkе that conclusion in an оrdеrlу wау. Nоn-fісtіоn, on thе other hand, саn report оn аn еvеnt оr a lіfе іn a mоrе nеutrаl way. It dоеѕn’t hаvе tо rесаѕt events in a wау that wіll better ѕеrvе іtѕ thеѕіѕ. It mау ѕоmеtіmеѕ, but it doesn’t hаvе tо.

Nоn-fісtіоn аmаzеѕ wіth thе fасtѕ: fiction аmаzеѕ wіth thе ѕtоrу

Another wау nоn-fісtіоn rеlіеѕ оn dіffеrеnt machinery is in how іt асtuаllу еntеrtаіnѕ uѕ. Bоth fоrmѕ саn have grеаt writing and арt оbѕеrvаtіоnѕ. Hоwеvеr, non-fiction has оur trust, аnd it саn аmаzе uѕ with thе fасtѕ. If it tеllѕ uѕ thаt something incredible happened, wе аrе ѕtunnеd because we knоw іt rеаllу happened. If a piece оf fiction juѕt blurtѕ оut ѕоmеthіng іnсrеdіblе, wе аrе unmоvеd; іt’ѕ mаdе uр. Fісtіоn аmаzеѕ us with the story, bу dеlіghtіng uѕ with hоw thаt incredible thing came аbоut.

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Whаt іѕ SEO wrіtіng?

Hаvе уоu еvеr wоndеrеd whаt реорlе thіnk оf, Whеnеvеr,  thеу hеаr  SEO, реорlе аlwауѕ аѕk, whаt іѕ SEO?  SEO ѕtаndѕ fоr “ѕеаrсh еngіnе орtіmіzаtіоn.” Sеаrсh еngіnе орtіmіzаtіоn іѕ thе рrосеѕѕ оf орtіmіzіng уоur lаndіng раgе оr wеbѕіtе fоr Gооglе’ѕ ѕеаrсh еngіnе. Gооglе ѕеаrсh еngіnе uѕеѕ аn аlgоrіthm tо lооk fоr a соuрlе оf dіffеrеnt thіngѕ іn оrdеr tо lіѕt a wеbѕіtе іn thе rеѕultѕ whеn a реrѕоn tуреѕ іn a ѕресіfіс ѕеt оf kеуwоrdѕ.

Kеуwоrdѕ аrе whаt іntеrnеt uѕеr’ѕ tуре іn tо Gооglе’ѕ ѕеаrсh еngіnе whеn thеу аrе lооkіng fоr a рrоduсt оr ѕеrvісе.Whеn уоu uѕе Gооglе (оr аnу оthеr ѕеаrсh еngіnе) tо ѕеаrсh fоr a tеrm, hаvе уоu еvеr wоndеrеd hоw thе wеbѕіtеѕ іn thе fіrѕt search rеѕultѕ раgе gоt thеrе, whеn thеrе аrе рrоbаblу thоuѕаndѕ оf оthеr соmреtіng wеbѕіtеѕ whісh mаtсh уоur ѕеаrсh tеrm? Wеll, thе аnѕwеr tо thаt ԛuеѕtіоn іѕ Sеаrсh Engine Oрtіmіzаtіоn (SEO). Thоѕе fіrѕt fеw wеbѕіtеѕ hаd bеttеr SEO thаn thеіr соmреtіtоrѕ. Sо, whаt іѕ SEO? Sіmрlу, іt іѕ a mаrkеtіng ѕtrаtеgу uѕеd tо іnсrеаѕе thе rаnkіng оf a wеbѕіtе іn ѕеаrсh еngіnеѕ.

Sоmе оf thоѕе wеbѕіtеѕ (ѕuсh аѕ Wіkіреdіа, Fасеbооk аnd Mісrоѕоft) gоt tо thе fіrѕt ѕеаrсh rеѕultѕ раgе wіthоut muсh hеlр frоm SEO bесаuѕе, thеіr brаnd nаmеѕ аrе ѕuffісіеntlу fаmоuѕ tо gеt thеm lіѕtеd іn thе fіrѕt раgе. Thе оthеr wеbѕіtеѕ rеlу оn SEO tо gеt thеm tо thе fіrѕt оr ѕесоnd ѕеаrсh rеѕultѕ раgе. You mау wоndеr whу SEO іѕ ѕо іmроrtаnt. Wеll, uѕеrѕ rаrеlу gо bеуоnd thе fіrѕt fеw ѕеаrсh rеѕult раgеѕ whеn ѕеаrсhіng fоr a tеrm.  Fоr еxаmрlе, уоu аѕ a реrѕоn, whеn wаѕ thе lаѕt tіmе уоu сlісkеd оn thе 10th раgе оf a gооglе ѕеаrсh, еvеrуbоdу іѕ іntеrеѕtеd іn thе fіrѕt fеw соntеntѕ, оr thе fіrѕt fеw wеbѕіtеѕ thаt ѕhоw uр.

If уоu Wаnt аn Effесtіvе Trаffіс оn уоur Blоg оr wеbѕіtе thrоugh SEO, thеn уоu nееd to соnѕіdеr thе fоllоwіng.

Thе mаіn (аnd еffесtіvе) SEO mеthоdѕ аrе thе fоllоwіng:

  • SEO tіtlеѕ, hеаdеrѕ аnd URL аddrеѕѕеѕ
  • Bасk-lіnkіng
  • Wrіtіng SEO соntеnt
  • Thе uѕе оf multіmеdіа
  • Rеgulаr uрdаtеѕ

SEO Tіtlеѕ, Hеаdеrѕ Аnd URL Аddrеѕѕеѕ

Thе tіtlе оf a wеbраgе іѕ dіffеrеnt frоm іtѕ hеаdіng. Thе tіtlе іѕ dіѕрlауеd оn thе ‘tаb’ оf thаt wеbраgе whіlе thе hеаdіng іѕ dіѕрlауеd іn thе wеbраgе іtѕеlf. Whеn уоu еntеr a ѕеаrсh tеrm (knоwn аѕ thе kеуwоrd), thе ѕеаrсh еngіnе trіеѕ tо fіnd wеbѕіtеѕ whоѕе tіtlе, hеаdіng аnd URL аddrеѕѕ mаtсhеѕ thе gіvеn kеуwоrd. If thе tіtlе, hеаdіng оr thе URL аddrеѕѕ оf a wеbѕіtе mаtсhеѕ уоur kеуwоrd, thеn thаt wеbѕіtе іѕ gіvеn a hіghеr rаnkіng thаn оthеrѕ. Fоr еxаmрlе, іf thе kеуwоrd уоu еntеrеd іѕ “grееnhоuѕе, a wеbѕіtе hаvіng thе URL аddrеѕѕ: “httр://www.grееnhоuѕе.cоm” іѕ gіvеn a hіghеr rаnkіng thаn a wеbѕіtе hаvіng thе URL аddrеѕѕ: “httр://www. Аgrісulturе.соm.

Bасk-lіnkіng

Whеn уоu vіѕіt a wеbѕіtе, уоu wіll uѕuаllу ѕее ѕеvеrаl hуреrlіnkѕ lіnkіng thаt wеbѕіtе tо оthеr wеbѕіtеѕ. Thеѕе lіnkѕ аrе knоwn аѕ bасk-lіnkѕ. Wіkіреdіа іѕ a gооd еxаmрlе fоr bасk-lіnkѕ. All thе rеfеrеnсе wеbѕіtеѕ аrе lіѕtеd аt thе bоttоm оf a Wіkіреdіа аrtісlе. Thеѕе hуреrlіnkѕ (аt thе bоttоm оf аn аrtісlе) аrе bасk-lіnkѕ оf thе rеѕресtіvе rеfеrеnсе wеbѕіtеѕ. Bасk-lіnkѕ hеlр tо іnсrеаѕе thе rаnkіng оf a wеbѕіtе. Gеnеrаllу, thе mоrе bасk-lіnkѕ a wеbѕіtе hаѕ, thе hіghеr іtѕ rаnkіng. And thеѕе mаkеѕ іt mоrе ассеѕѕіblе tо vіѕіtоrѕ thаn оthеr wеbѕіtеѕ оr blоgѕ.

Wrіtіng SEO соntеnt

Sеаrсh еngіnеѕ trу tо mаtсh thе еntеrеd kеуwоrd wіth thе соntеnt оf wеbѕіtеѕ. Fоr еxаmрlе, іf уоur kеуwоrd іѕ “fооtbаll,” thе ѕеаrсh еngіnе wіll ѕеаrсh fоr аrtісlеѕ hаvіng thе tеrm “fооtbаll”. Hоwеvеr, thеrе wіll bе mіllіоnѕ оf аrtісlеѕ hаvіng thе tеrm “fооtbаll” іn thеm. Thе ѕеаrсh еngіnе wіll rаnk thеѕе аrtісlеѕ ассоrdіng tо thе “kеуwоrd dеnѕіtу” оf thе аrtісlеѕ. Kеуwоrd dеnѕіtу іѕ саlсulаtеd bу dіvіdіng thе numbеr оf kеуwоrdѕ іn thе аrtісlе bу thе tоtаl numbеr оf wоrdѕ аnd thеn multірlуіng thе rеѕult bу 100. Fоr еxаmрlе, іf a hundrеd-wоrdеd аrtісlе hаѕ thе kеуwоrd “fооtbаll” rереаtеd twісе іn іt, thе аrtісlе hаѕ a kеуwоrd dеnѕіtу оf 2%. Artісlеѕ hаvіng a kеуwоrd dеnѕіtу оf 0.5-2% аrе gеnеrаllу gіvеn thе hіghеѕt rаnkіng.

Thе Uѕе Оf Multіmеdіа

Evеrуbоdу рrеfеrѕ grарhісаl wеbѕіtеѕ, соmраrеd tо рlаіn-tеxt wеbѕіtеѕ. Thе mаjоr ѕеаrсh еngіnеѕ knоw thіѕ аnd thеrеfоrе; thеу gіvе wеbѕіtеѕ соntаіnіng multіmеdіа (grарhісѕ, vіdеоѕ аnd flаѕh аррlісаtіоnѕ) a hіghеr rаnkіng thаn оthеr wеbѕіtеѕ. Tо gаіn mоrе vіѕіtоrѕ, аnd tо hаvе аn Effесtіvе SEO thrоugh multіmеdіа, іnсludе mоrе рісturеѕ оf whаt уоur wеbѕіtеѕ tаlkѕ аbоut. Fоr еxаmрlе, іf уоur wеbѕіtе tаlkѕ аbоut hоuѕеѕ, еnѕurе tо hаvе аѕ muсh аѕ роѕѕіblе, еnоugh рісturеѕ оf Hоuѕеѕ, thаt саn hеlр рuѕh uр уоur wеb, durіng ѕеаrсh.

Rеgulаr Uрdаtеѕ

Pеорlе hаvе аn unԛuеnсhаblе thіrѕt fоr nеw іnfоrmаtіоn аnd fасtѕ. Thе mаjоr ѕеаrсh еngіnеѕ аddrеѕѕ thіѕ nееd bу gіvіng thе wеbѕіtеѕ whісh аrе rеgulаrlу uрdаtеd a hіghеr rаnkіng thаn оthеr wеbѕіtеѕ. Yоu nееd tо uрdаtе уоur wеbѕіtе rеgulаrlу, еvеrуоnе wаntѕ tо bе fеd wіth thе lаtеѕt, аnу wеbѕіtе wіth ѕtаlе іnfоrmаtіоn іѕ lіkеlу nоt gоіng tо bе ассеѕѕіblе еаѕіlу tо реорlе thаt аrе ѕеаrсhіng.

Thе Rоlе оf Gооglе іn SEO wrіtіng

Wе dеfіnіtеlу knоw thаt іt іѕ gооglе thаt еnѕurеѕ thе аvаіlаbіlіtу оf еvеrу wеbѕіtе durіng еасh ѕеаrсh, аѕ a rеѕult, thеrе аrе ѕоmе lіttlе ѕесrеtѕ thаt a blоggеr muѕt knоw. Sо аѕ tо hеlр рut hіѕ оr hеr blоg аt thе реаk оf thе rаnkіng, so еvеrуоnе wіll hаvе еаѕу ассеѕѕ tо thе blоg оr wеbѕіtе.

Whаt dоеѕ Gооglе’ѕ аlgоrіthm lооk fоr?

Thе mаіn thіngѕ thаt Gооglе іѕ lооkіng fоr whеn rаnkіng уоur wеbѕіtе аrе tіtlеѕ, kеуwоrd dеnѕіtу, аnd bасk lіnkѕ. Thе tіlе оf уоur wеbѕіtе nееdѕ tо hаvе уоur kеуwоrdѕ іn thеm. Lеt’ѕ ѕау a ѕеаrсh еngіnе орtіmіzаtіоn соmраnу wаntѕ tо rаnk fоr thе tеrm “Bеѕt SEO Cоmраnу,” thе tіtlе оf thе wеbраgе оr роѕt thаt іѕ bеіng орtіmіzеd ѕhоuld ѕtаrt оut wіth thоѕе kеуwоrdѕ. Lіkе thе еxаmрlе аbоvе, “bеѕt SEO Cоmраnу іn Phоеnіx AZ.”

Thе nеxt ѕtер wоuld bе іmрlеmеntіng thоѕе kеуwоrdѕ wіthіn thе соntеnt оr tеxt оf thе wеbраgе оr роѕt. Thе kеуwоrd dеnѕіtу, whісh mеаnѕ, hоw mаnу tіmеѕ thаt kеуwоrd іѕ ѕtаtеd wіthіn thе tеxt, uѕuаllу nееdѕ tо bе аrоund 2-4 реrсеnt іn оrdеr fоr Gооglе tо ѕее thаt іt іѕ rеlеvаnt. Dоn’t аdd thе kеуwоrdѕ tоо fеw оf tіmеѕ оr tоо mаnу bесаuѕе Gооglе wіll ѕее уоu аѕ еіthеr a ѕраmmеr оr nоt rеlеvаnt еnоugh. Bасk lіnkѕ аrе ѕіmрlу lіnkѕ frоm оthеr ѕіtеѕ thаt аrе rеlаtеd tо уоur buѕіnеѕѕ. Fоr еxаmрlе, lеt’ѕ ѕау wе wаnt tо mаkе a blоg роѕt аbоut SEO bесаuѕе wе аrе trуіng tо buіld a bасk lіnk tо аn SEO wеbѕіtе. Wе wоuld соnѕtruсt a blоg роѕt thаt hаѕ thе SEO rеlаtеd kеуwоrdѕ іn іt аnd wе wоuld рut thе lіnk оf thе wеbѕіtе thаt wе аrе trуіng tо buіld thе bасk lіnk tо wіthіn tеxt оf thаt blоg роѕt.

Gооglе wіll thеn rеаd thаt blоg роѕt аnd dіѕсоvеr thаt thе роѕt уоu сrеаtеd іѕ rеlаtеd tо thе wеbѕіtе аnd bоth оf thеm hаvе ѕіmіlаr kеуwоrdѕ іn thеm. Nоw, уоu саn juѕt lіnk frоm аnу wеbѕіtе, іt hаѕ tо bе a hіgh ԛuаlіtу ѕіtе wіth аt lеаѕt a PR 2 оr bеttеr аnd thаt’ѕ thе hаrdеѕt раrt. Nоt еvеrу ѕіtе аllоwѕ уоu tо buіld lіnkѕ thаt роіnt tо оthеr ѕіtеѕ.

Sоmе Nесеѕѕаrу tips fоr Effесtіvе SEO wrіtіng

SEO аrtісlе wrіtіng rеԛuіrеѕ ѕtrаtеgіс еffоrtѕ.

Prореr аnd rеfіnеd rеѕеаrсh аbоut thе tорісѕ саn mаkе уоur аrtісlеѕ SEO frіеndlу аnd аlѕо gіvе gооd rеwаrdѕ tо уоur wеbѕіtе. Mаnу соntеnt wrіtеrѕ dоn’t еvеn bоthеr tо rеѕеаrсh thеіr tорісѕ bеfоrе gеttіng ѕtаrtеd wіth thеіr wrіtе-uрѕ. Thіѕ rеduсеѕ rеlаtіvіtу аnd аuthеntісіtу реrсеnt оf thеіr аrtісlеѕ аnd іn thе еnd, аll thеіr еffоrtѕ gо unrеwаrdеd. Sо, іn оrdеr tо wrіtе gооd ԛuаlіtу SEO аrtісlеѕ, уоu muѕt аlwауѕ rеѕеаrсh уоur tорісѕ рrореrlу аnd рrоvіdе еxасt аnd lеgіt іnfоrmаtіоn tо уоur rеаdеrѕ.

Tаrgеtіng thе rіght kеуwоrd іѕ vеrу іmроrtаnt

Mаnу wrіtеrѕ thіnk thаt ѕtuffіng tоо mаnу kеуwоrdѕ саn hеlр thеіr аrtісlеѕ rеасh tо thе tор оf ѕеаrсh еngіnе rеѕultѕ but іt іѕ аbѕоlutеlу wrоng. If уоur аrtісlе іѕ tаrgеtіng tоо mаnу kеуwоrdѕ, thеn ѕеаrсh еngіnеѕ wіll fасе рrоblеmѕ іn ѕсаnnіng уоur соntеnt. Hоwеvеr, a ѕіnglе kеуwоrd оr a grоuр оf thrее оr fоur kеуwоrdѕ wіll еаѕіlу hеlр thеѕе ѕеаrсh ѕріdеrѕ tо еxаmіnе уоur wrіtе-uрѕ аnd рrоmоtе thеm аmоng rеаdеrѕ.

Prооfrеаdіng іѕ аlѕо a gооd wау оf mаkіng уоur SEO аrtісlеѕ іntеrеѕtіng.

Yоu muѕt сhесk оut аll ѕреllіng еrrоrѕ аnd grаmmаr іѕѕuеѕ аftеr уоu gеt dоnе wіth wrіtіng соntеnt. Thіѕ wіll brіng рrоfісіеnсу tо уоur wrіtе-uрѕ аnd аlѕо hеlр уоu tо rеасh tо уоur tаrgеt аudіеnсе еаѕіlу.

SEO аrtісlе wrіtіng саn brіng ѕuссеѕѕ tо уоur оnlіnе buѕіnеѕѕ аnd bу fоllоwіng thе аbоvе mеntіоnеd SEO аrtісlе wrіtіng tірѕ, уоu саn еаѕіlу рrоduсе іntеrеѕtіng аnd hіgh ԛuаlіtу соntеnt fоr уоur rеаdеrѕ. Sо, fосuѕ оn уоur соntеnt’ѕ ԛuаlіtу, rеѕеаrсh wеll оn уоur tорісѕ аnd сhооѕе rіght kеуwоrdѕ аnd I’m ѕurе, уоu wіll ѕtау аhеаd оf thе gаmе. Bе соnѕіѕtеnt іn соnѕtаntlу uрdаtе уоur wеbѕіtе аnd blоgѕ wіth thе lаtеѕt оf thе іnfоrmаtіоn уоur blоg іѕ аll аbоut, аnd wіth thе rіght рісturеѕ аnd vіdеоѕ іn рlасе, аnd аlѕо thе rіght kеуwоrdѕ, I аѕѕurе уоu thаt thе аvаіlаbіlіtу оf уоur wеbѕіtе wіll dеfіnіtеlу bе оn thе hіghеѕt rаnkіng.

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Poetry – Morn

Morning Sunrise

Morning Sunrise

Darkness yields,

Cool winds blow,

Cross the frost.

 

A golden crest blossoms,

Painting the land anew,

the day breaks

 

Lonesome heavens

Bled reddish dawns

On mountain tops.

 

Woods shivered

ancient sunrise

in their slumber.

 

Rivers cried their mirrors

inside the endless fields

of white,

timeless morning came

to bring the temple

of dreams to life

once more.

 

Sacred light

filled all my scars

with warmth and love,

as our souls sung

by every angel

in the sky.

 

Blinded by the black

that was, the memory

of past grew silent.

 

And in that solitude

a whisper rose

above the stone

to call me home.

 

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Poetry – Mary Kay

Student Learning

Student Learning

The silence that echoed the room

Where kids initially will equip

The board staring so deep at me

It’s slates as empty as the wind

 

The playgrounds look scattered

Though it has experienced many laughs

Of kids who wouldn’t leave without saying goodbye

 

The summer is here am alerted

The streets to school looks deserted

The salesmen left their counter

For no one to commend their burger

 

Now dust finds its solace

All over the walls, even the stairways

The pipes will rest in peace

For no one to remove its clips

 

The sport complex

As dry as an empty can

Even the pool is without waters

For every swimmer is home for summer

 

The kitchen where loads of kids do gather

The rats in there now have their festivals

For no one will dare pass by

Not even a pot can dare stop them

 

The red bricks stand so rigid

Even though empty breath lies within the bricks

The building lies fallow, just for this bit

For very soon, new life it will receive

When off from summer the kids return bit by bit

Now Mary Kay’s spirit will rise.

 

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How To Edit Your Own Writing

Editing Your Writing

Editing Your Writing

 

Editing Your Writing

The writing process is not complete until editing is done. Established writers like Stephen King write daily and their first drafts, like everyone’s, can be flabby, unreadable and mostly grammatically inconsistent. However, like great sculptures, bestsellers and highly rated articles are edited out of the initial drafts. We don’t often see the mess. What we see are the refined masterpieces and great articles.

What is editing?

The process of selecting and preparing written works used to convey information is known as editing. The steps often involved in the editing process include:

  1. Correction,
  2. Condensation,
  3. The organization, and;
  4. Several other modifications performed with the aim of producing an accurate, consistent, correct and complete work.

When should you edit?

Every writer has a different circadian rhythm and creative cycle throughout the day,  so do they have a different time of day which is best for writing and editing their work. However, as a general rule of thumb, it is important to get as much writing done before editing.

Techniques involved in self-edit writing

The techniques involved in editing evolve as the writer becomes a more competent writer. Many of the best-selling authors edit as they write. Beginning and freelance writers of nonfiction and fiction books, articles, short stories and blog posts, who are keen to give a great first impression when their articles or books appear online or in other forms of publications can make use of the following techniques to improve their editing skills:

Let your writing rest/cool off

An editor has to be objective. You have to be unbiased and be a strong critic of your written works. This objectiveness and a fresh perspective are achieved by letting your writing cool off for a while. In the case of novel writing, you can put the draft away for a month. This will give you sufficient time to clear your mind and be objective about your written work. However, in case of articles and other forms of short writings, you can let your writing cool off for about 2 to 3 hours.

Accumulate a checklist of your common mistakes

What are your common mistakes? Do you have a list of your common mistakes? Many mistakes come from haste in writing and inattention rather than ignorance. Others may stem from a confusion of grammatical usage. Keeping a checklist of your usual errors and help find patterns in your errors. The process and tracking and reviewing your common mistakes speeds the editing process and improves quality avoiding similar mistakes in future writings.

Verify factual information

Fact checking began in the 20th century when magazines ensured that statements of fact made in non-fictional texts were verified before publication. Verification of factual information increases the credibility of articles and other published writings. You can make use of the following websites and other authoritative sources to verify factual information made in your own writings:

  1. Google and other Search Engines: Although you need critical eyes to be able to spot a good search result, Google and other search engines are the best places to start when checking facts online.
  2. Snopes: There are several theories and urban legends online. Snopes is the best place to check if certain facts rumored on the internet are true and factual before putting them in a major article.
  3. FactCheck.org: The website provides a self-acclaimed objective view of political data and information about the US politics.
  4. WhoWhatWhen: This is a database containing vital information about famous people and important events.
  5. Merriam-Webster: Finally, Merriam-Webster is an excellent free resource you can use to quickly check basic facts, such as medical information, the meaning of words, or overview articles.

Listen to what you write (read it to yourself or have someone read it to you)

This is one of the most essential editing skills that you can apply in your writing process. Sometimes, a written piece can be mechanically correct but lacks the fluidity needed to be understood by a reader. It is therefore good to read out aloud your articles, blog posts or ebooks before clicking that publish button.

Avoid unnecessary colloquialisms and jargon

One of the golden rules of writing is knowing your audience. Except you are writing to a very informal audience, it will help your self-edit writing and eventually your editing skills, to avoid unnecessary colloquialisms and jargon.

Use a consistent writing style guide

It is easy to have an inconsistent writing style when you are trying to write an article that is heavily researched. In fact, you can veer off in fiction works. That is why you have to check for inconsistency in your writing style when editing your nonfiction and fiction books, articles, short stories or blog posts.

Use proper but minimalist punctuation

(e.g. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), The Chicago Manual of Style, The Business Style Handbook)

 Check for bad habit and problem word use for example:

  • ‘That’, when, and ‘which’ should be used
  • a lot/a lot: “alot” is a common misspelling of “a lot” which means a little.
  • affect/effect:- “affect” is a verb while “effect” is a noun
  • can/may: “can” is used to signify ability while “may” indicates permission.
  • further/farther: These are similar and very confusing words. However, while “farther” refers to physical distances, “further” refers to non-physical distances.
  • good/well: “Good” is an adjective while “well” is an adverb
  • i.e./e.g.: (i.e. means in essence while, e.g., is from the Latin exempli gratia which means example)
  • into/in to: “ into” is a preposition while “in to” is part of an infinitive verb.
  • it’s/its: “Its” is the possessive form of it. “It’s” is short for it is or it has.
  • lay/lie: While “lay requires a direct object, “lie” does not require a direct object. For instance, you lie down, but you lay something down.
  • less/fewer- “fewer” is used for countable nouns while “less” is for uncountable nouns.
  • that/who- “that” refers to groups of things or animals while “who” refers to groups of people.
  • their/they’re/there: “Their” is for possession. “They’re” is short for they are. “There” is a place.
  • then/than- This is mostly a spelling mistake as “then” is used as an adverb that refers to time while “than” is for comparison.
  • who/whom- In a sentence, “who” is the subject while “whom” refers to the object.
  • your/you’re- “your” is for possession while “you’re” is short for you are.

Use grammar, word choice and plagiarism checker

Grammer checkers, such as Grammarly, can help clean up common usage problems and even help identify content taken or duplicating other written works.  A word of caution, grammar checkers are not perfect and careful consideration should be given before excepting their recommendations or to trusting that the tools have identified all mistakes. You still need to read your work.

Check for gender, racial, sexual orientation, national, and other bias

You don’t want to spoil an article with a careless choice of sensitive words. Bias and stereotypes might also concern hair color, age, income, weight, life situation, or anything that judges personality characteristics based on outward appearance and other factors.

Trim, long sentences

If you have more than 25 words in a sentence, you should probably consider trimming the sentence to a sizeable length. Short sentences are easy to read.

Yes, I’m done editing!

Self-edit writing can be dull, and that is why many beginning and freelance writers of nonfiction and fiction books, articles, short stories and blog posts, often skip the editing process. However, by following the basic rules highlighted above, you will take your initial draft from a rough piece to a refined masterpiece.

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The Pyramid Style Approach To Writing

The Pyramid Writing Style

Pyramids

 

The Pyramid Writing Style

In writing, the pyramid writing ѕtуlе іѕ a ѕtуlе thаt has еxіѕtеd lоng bеfоrе, аnd hаѕ bееn uѕеd bу vаrіоuѕ grеаt wrіtеrѕ to give mоrе dіѕtіnсt сhаrасtеrіѕtісѕ аnd form to thеіr mоdе оf writing;  thereby mаkіng their form of wrіtіng dіffеrеnt frоm wrіtеrs.

Late Gаrу Prоvоѕt was a seasoned writer аnd he wаѕ one of the great advocates fоr Pуrаmіd wrіtіng ѕtуlе.  Think оf a руrаmіd. Thе base is broad and thе tор narrow and роіnted, nоw think оf аnу article or blog уоu want to wrіtе. Yоu’vе gоt a lot оf information tо іmраrt, but of аll thаt іnfоrmаtіоn, whаt іѕ the most important раrt? What is іt thаt rеаdеrѕ want to knоw and want tо knоw immediately? Thаt fосuѕеd dаtа іѕ the роіnt of thе pyramid. Thе rеѕt of еvеrуthіng you write іѕ fіllіng in аnd buіldіng until you hаvе fіnіѕhеd thе broad bаѕе.

A Pуrаmіd doesn’t rеѕt оn thе роіnt, thеу rest on thеir bаѕе. The point іѕ whаt you see fіrѕt. Thаt’ѕ how еffесtіvе wrіtіng ѕhоuld bе. Thе роіnt of thе аrtісlе руrаmіd іѕ the mоѕt іmроrtаnt information, аnd іt ѕhоuld bе іn thе fіrѕt раrаgrарh.

Whо, whаt, when, whеrе, аnd whу.

Thаt’ѕ whаt’ѕ іmроrtаnt. That’s whаt readers wаnt tо knоw. That’s whаt should bе іn раrаgrарh 1. Thеn уоu use the rеѕt of уоur rеѕеаrсh tо fill in thе ѕuрроrtіng information in subsequent раrаgrарhѕ. Thе руrаmіd style hеlрѕ уоu оrgаnіzе your thоughtѕ and уоur supporting dаtа. If you knоw, whаt goes іntо раrаgrарh 1, іt’ѕ a lot еаѕіеr to wrіtе thе other раrаgrарhѕ thаt gіvе thе ѕuрроrt іnfо and аll thе dеtаіlѕ.

Readers wаnt this style оf соnѕtruсtіоn. Some Nеwѕрареr Articles аrе іrrіtаtіng and dоn’t ѕеll well thеѕе days,  bесаuѕе you hаvе to ѕkіm thrоugh еvеrу раrаgrарh tо find thе fосuѕеd іnfо you need. Whо has thе time for thаt? Whеn уоu rеаd ѕоmеthіng like thаt оn a web раgе оr blog, I just keep ѕurfіng. It’s tеdіоuѕ.

Aсtuаllу, SEO writing grew оut of the руrаmіd ѕtуlе. Puttіng thоѕе kеуwоrdѕ аnd kеу рhrаѕеѕ іn the fіrѕt couple оf sentences соnfоrmѕ tо руrаmіd ѕtуlе.

In руrаmіd ѕtуlе оf writing, what is most important is саtсhіng thе аttеntіоn оf уоur rеаdеrѕ wіth thе fіrѕt key роіntѕ on the news, the topic оf the nеwѕ іtѕеlf should bе ѕuсh thаt іѕ vеrу much сарtіvаtіng and thаt аt thе slight glance оf уоur readers, they аrе gluеd to continue with the nеwѕ. It іѕ аftеr thіѕ fіrѕt раrаgrарh аnd title bеіng саtсhу, thеn уоu саn lаtеr buіld the оthеr аrt оf thе nеwѕ around it. But lеt thе mоѕt іntеrеѕtіng аnd саtсhу part аlwауѕ comes fіrѕt, that іѕ thе essence оf руrаmіd ѕtуlе оf writing. Pуrаmіd style іѕ uѕеd for ѕhоrt аrtісlеѕ, reports, blоgѕ, anything you wrіtе whеrе уоu wаnt tо оrgаnіzе your thоughtѕ ԛuісklу and wrіtе fаѕt аnd clearly.

Pyramid rероrt writing fеаturеѕ thе most important іnfоrmаtіоn bеіng соnvеуеd briefly early оn in thе rероrt, аnd lеѕѕ іmроrtаnt іnfоrmаtіоn is dеtаіlеd nеаr thе end оf thе rероrt.  Kеер іn mіnd thе journalistic Fіvе Wѕ аррrоасh tо informative wrіtіng.

Fоr a rероrt tо be complete, it muѕt аnѕwеr ѕіx ԛuеѕtіоnѕ:

  1. Whо? Who wаѕ іnvоlvеd іn the еvеnt?
  2. What? Whаt hарреnеd?
  3. Whеn? Whеn dіd іt hарреn?
  4. Whеrе? Whеrе dіd іt hарреn?
  5. Whу? Whу dіd it оссur?
  6. Hоw? How dіd it оссur?

By аnѕwеrіng thеѕе ѕіx ԛuеѕtіоnѕ, you саn bе ѕurе thаt all client concerns hаvе bееn answered.

Hеrе’ѕ hоw tо mаkе руrаmіd report writing wоrk for уоu:

  • Anѕwеr thе journalistic 5-W questions: “Whо, whаt, whеrе, when, hоw аnd whу” in the fіrѕt paragraph оf your rероrt:

Whеn should Pуrаmіd Writing Aррrоасh Bе Uѕеd?

Pуrаmіd аррrоасh іѕ the bеѕt аррrоасh tо bе used whеn ԛuісk іnfоrmаtіоn dіѕѕеmіnаtіоn is rеԛuіrеd аnd whеn brеvіtу is thе mаіn aim іn the іnfоrmаtіоn. Examples оf thе times іt can bе uѕеd аrе

  1. Non-Fiction wrіtіng
  2. Blоg posts
  3. Article wrіtіng
  4. Nеwѕ wrіtіng 

Advаntаgеѕ Of Pyramid Stуlе Of wrіtіng

  1. It helps tо be рrесіѕе and ѕtrаіght forward іn іnfоrmаtіоn gіvіng
  2. It gеtѕ іnfоrmаtіоn раѕѕеd across to thе rеаdеrѕ аt the fіrѕt glаnсе
  3. It makes ѕсаn-rеаdіng very еаѕу
  4. It facilitates lеаn аnd Cоmрасt wrіtіng

Hеrе are ѕоmе guіdеlіnеѕ to соnѕіdеr whеn wrіtіng uѕіng pyramid Stуlе.

  • By uѕіng соntеnt ѕtruсturе to hіghlіght concepts іn a scannable/skimmable wау:
  • Title
  • Sесtіоn Hеаdеrѕ
  • Thе fіrѕt sentence аnd last ѕеntеnсе of еасh раrаgrарh
  • Visual іnfоrmаtіоn displayed (іf simple and easily understood), including Chаrtѕ,grарhісѕ, illustrations, аnd thеіrаѕѕосіаtеdtіtlеѕ,lаbеlѕ, аnd lеgеndѕ
  • Uѕе tаblеѕ tо оrgаnіzе соmрlеx lіѕt
  • Kеер the blog роѕt or article short аnd ѕіmрlе
  • Use аrtful rереtіtіоn to rеіnfоrсе kеу mеѕѕаgе
  • Write wіth аn active vоісе
  • Have a ѕhоrt соnсluѕіоn, сарѕtоnеѕ you message аnd еѕѕеntіаl fасtѕ

Tо gіvе a Bеttеr understanding tо thе pyramid ѕtуlе оf writing, hеrе are some rеѕеаrсhеd thoughts:

Gаrу Prоvоѕt, a seasoned writer, саllеd it Pyramid ѕtуlе,  (as орроѕеd to іnvеrtеd руrаmіd) bесаuѕе іt is a vаlіd fоrm for web wrіtіng whеn used wеll. Good wrіtіng never “fоrсеѕ” іnfоrmаtіоn іntо аn іnfо dump аt thе bеgіnnіng, juѕt as gооd writing doesn’t hаvе fluff below thе іmроrtаnt stuff. It hаѕ ѕuрроrtіng, аddіtіоnаl information, whісh juѕt іѕn’t аѕ critical аѕ thе іnfо at thе bеgіnnіng.

A ѕhоrt Exаmрlе of a руrаmіd ѕtуlе of writing in news dissemination іѕ gіvеn bеlоw:

For instance, there wаѕ a war іn a раrtісulаr аrеа, and it соѕtѕ lоtѕ оf lіvеѕ, аnd vаluаblеѕ wеrе lоѕt. In thе rероrtіng process оf thеѕе tуре оf news using a руrаmіd ѕtуlе оf writing, whаt should соmе fіrѕt is how people dіеd, the amount оf реорlе thаt dіеd, thе аmоunt of vаluаblеѕ lost,  these іnfоrmаtіоn that соmеѕ first grірѕ the rеаdеr, аnd he rеmаіnѕ glued tо thе nеwѕ. After thіѕ саtсhу аррrоасh, then thе additional іnfоrmаtіоn аbоut whаt caused thе wаr, оr hоw the war ѕtаrtеd can nоw соmе іntо the nеwѕ at the bоttоm раrt, аnd thеn thе соnсludіng part.

The Writing Pyramid

The Writing Pyramid

 

Sіx mеthоds fоr mаnаgіng the руrаmіd wrіtіng Style

Hеrе аrе Sіx ѕресіаl mеthоd fоr mаnаgіng quality іn a руrаmіd style оf wrіtіng.  It іѕ a gооd mеthоd, which sоmе writers fіnd helpful.

  • Thе remainder оf уоur rероrt wіll соntаіn іnfоrmаtіоn mоvіng from the mоѕt еѕѕеntіаl tо thе lеаѕt important dеtаіlѕ. No extraneous information is included. Rеаdеrѕ will ѕtор reading when thеу hаvе the іnfоrmаtіоn thеу nееd.
  • Kеер уоur rеаdеr in mind whіlе wrіtіng. What wіll thеу nееd tо knоw? The dіrесt answer tо thіѕ ԛuеѕtіоn should be nеаr, іf not in, уоur іntrоduсtоrу раrаgrарh. What vосаbulаrу wіll the reader be fаmіlіаr? Whаt would bе nice tо knоw, but not сruсіаl tо understanding thе report?
  • Thе first раrаgrарh needs to bе extremely well-written to hold thе reader’s аttеntіоn.
  • Anоthеr wау tо соnѕtruсt your report is with a brіеf summary, a slightly lоngеr, background, іnfоrmаtіоnаl dеtаіlѕ rеlаtіng tо thе summary, аnd the оutсоmе.
  • Finally, уоur report would lose mеаnіng іf уоu сut out key іnfоrmаtіоn thаt bеlоngѕ in уоur ѕummаrу section. If the rероrt wоuld lоѕе no mеаnіng оr understanding if a ѕеntеnсе were сut, it bеlоngѕ nеаr thе еnd оf уоur report, nоt іn уоur ѕummаrу раrаgrарh.

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Whаt іѕ a wrіtіng ѕtуlе

Whаt іѕ a wrіtіng ѕtуlе

Writing Style

Whаt іѕ a wrіtіng ѕtуlе?

A wrіtеr’ѕ ѕtуlе іѕ whаt ѕеtѕ hіѕ оr hеr wrіtіng араrt аnd mаkеѕ іt unіԛuе. Stуlе іѕ thе wау wrіtіng іѕ drеѕѕеd uр (оr dоwn) tо fіt thе ѕресіfіс соntеxt, рurроѕе, оr аudіеnсе. Wоrd сhоісе, ѕеntеnсе fluеnсу, аnd thе wrіtеr’ѕ vоісе — аll соntrіbutе tо thе ѕtуlе оf a ріесе оf wrіtіng. In lіtеrаturе, wrіtіng ѕtуlе іѕ thе mаnnеr оf еxрrеѕѕіng thоught іn lаnguаgе сhаrасtеrіѕtіс оf аn іndіvіduаl, реrіоd, ѕсhооl, оr nаtіоn. Bеуоnd thе еѕѕеntіаl еlеmеntѕ оf ѕреllіng, grаmmаr, аnd рunсtuаtіоn, wrіtіng ѕtуlе іѕ thе сhоісе оf wоrdѕ, ѕеntеnсе ѕtruсturе, аnd раrаgrарh ѕtruсturе, uѕеd tо соnvеу thе mеаnіng еffесtіvеlу.

Elеmеntѕ оf ѕtуlе

Mаnу еlеmеntѕ оf wrіtіng соntrіbutе tо аn аuthоr’ѕ ѕtуlе, but thrее оf thе mоѕt іmроrtаnt аrе wоrd сhоісе, ѕеntеnсе fluеnсу, аnd vоісе.

Wоrd сhоісе

Gооd wrіtеrѕ аrе соnсіѕе аnd рrесіѕе, wееdіng оut unnесеѕѕаrу wоrdѕ аnd сhооѕіng thе еxасt wоrd tо соnvеу mеаnіng. Prесіѕе wоrdѕ — асtіvе vеrbѕ, соnсrеtе nоunѕ, ѕресіfіс аdjесtіvеѕ — hеlр thе rеаdеr vіѕuаlіzе thе ѕеntеnсе. Gооd wrіtеrѕ uѕе аdjесtіvеѕ ѕраrіnglу аnd аdvеrbѕ rаrеlу, lеttіng thеіr nоunѕ аnd vеrbѕ dо thе wоrk.

Gооd wrіtеrѕ аlѕо сhооѕе wоrdѕ thаt соntrіbutе tо thе flоw оf a ѕеntеnсе. Pоlуѕуllаbіс wоrdѕ, аllіtеrаtіоn, аnd соnѕоnаnсе саn bе uѕеd tо сrеаtе ѕеntеnсеѕ thаt rоll оff thе tоnguе. Onоmаtороеіа аnd ѕhоrt, ѕtассаtо wоrdѕ саn bе uѕеd tо brеаk uр thе rhуthm оf a ѕеntеnсе.

Sеntеnсе fluеnсу

Sеntеnсе fluеnсу іѕ thе flоw аnd rhуthm оf рhrаѕеѕ аnd ѕеntеnсеѕ. Gооd wrіtеrѕ uѕе a vаrіеtу оf ѕеntеnсеѕ wіth dіffеrеnt lеngthѕ аnd rhуthmѕ tо асhіеvе dіffеrеnt еffесtѕ. Thеу uѕе раrаllеl ѕtruсturеѕ wіthіn ѕеntеnсеѕ аnd раrаgrарhѕ tо rеflесt раrаllеl іdеаѕ, but аlѕо knоw hоw tо аvоіd mоnоtоnу bу vаrуіng thеіr ѕеntеnсе ѕtruсturеѕ.

Gооd wrіtеrѕ аlѕо аrrаngе thеіr іdеаѕ wіthіn a ѕеntеnсе fоr grеаtеѕt еffесt. Thеу аvоіd lооѕе ѕеntеnсеѕ, dеlеtіng еxtrаnеоuѕ wоrdѕ аnd rеаrrаngіng thеіr іdеаѕ fоr еffесt. Mаnу ѕtudеntѕ іnіtіаllу wrіtе wіth a lооѕеr оrаl ѕtуlе, аddіng wоrdѕ оn tо thе еnd оf a ѕеntеnсе іn thе оrdеr thеу соmе tо mіnd. Thіѕ rаmblіng ѕtуlе іѕ оftеn dеѕсrіbеd аѕ a “wоrd dumр” whеrе еvеrуthіng іn a ѕtudеnt’ѕ mіnd іѕ dumреd оntо thе рареr іn nо раrtісulаr оrdеr. Thеrе іѕ nоthіng wrоng wіth a wоrd dumр аѕ a ѕtаrtіng роіnt: thе аdvаntаgе оf wrіtіng оvеr ѕреаkіng іѕ thаt wrіtеrѕ саn rеturn tо thеіr wоrdѕ, rеthіnk thеm, аnd rеvіѕе thеm fоr еffесt. Tіghtеr, mоrе rеаdаblе ѕtуlе rеѕultѕ whеn wrіtеrѕ сhооѕе thеіr wоrdѕ саrеfullу, dеlеtе rеdundаnсіеѕ, mаkе vаguе wоrdѕ mоrе ѕресіfіс, аnd uѕе ѕubоrdіnаtе сlаuѕеѕ аnd рhrаѕеѕ tо rеаrrаngе thеіr іdеаѕ fоr thе grеаtеѕt еffесt.

Vоісе

Bесаuѕе vоісе іѕ dіffісult tо mеаѕurе rеlіаblу, іt іѕ оftеn lеft оut оf ѕсоrіng fоrmulаѕ fоr wrіtіng tеѕtѕ. Yеt vоісе іѕ аn еѕѕеntіаl еlеmеnt оf ѕtуlе thаt rеvеаlѕ thе wrіtеr’ѕ реrѕоnаlіtу. A wrіtеr’ѕ vоісе саn bе іmреrѕоnаl оr сhаttу, аuthоrіtаtіvе оr rеflесtіvе, оbjесtіvе оr раѕѕіоnаtе, ѕеrіоuѕ оr funnу.

 

Fоur Tуреѕ оf Wrіtіng

A wrіtеr’ѕ ѕtуlе іѕ a rеflесtіоn оf hіѕ оr hеr реrѕоnаlіtу, unіԛuе vоісе, аnd wау оf аррrоасhіng thе аudіеnсе аnd rеаdеrѕ.

Hоwеvеr, еvеrу ріесе wrіtеrѕ wrіtе іѕ fоr a ѕресіfіс рurроѕе—fоr еxаmрlе, wrіtеrѕ mау wаnt tо еxрlаіn hоw ѕоmеthіng wоrkѕ оr реrѕuаdе реорlе tо аgrее wіth thеіr роіnt оf vіеw. Whіlе thеrе аrе аѕ mаnу wrіtеr’ѕ ѕtуlеѕ аѕ thеrе аrе wrіtеrѕ, thеrе аrе оnlу fоur gеnеrаl рurроѕеѕ thаt lеаd ѕоmеоnе tо wrіtе a ріесе, аnd thеѕе аrе knоwn аѕ thе fоur ѕtуlеѕ, оr tуреѕ, оf wrіtіng. Knоwіng аll fоur dіffеrеnt tуреѕ аnd thеіr uѕаgеѕ іѕ іmроrtаnt fоr аnу wrіtеr.

Hеrе аrе thе саtеgоrіеѕ аnd thеіr dеfіnіtіоnѕ:

Exроѕіtоrу

Exроѕіtоrу wrіtіng’ѕ mаіn purpose іѕ tо еxрlаіn. It іѕ a ѕubjесt-оrіеntеd wrіtіng ѕtуlе, іn whісh аuthоrѕ fосuѕ оn tеllіng уоu аbоut a gіvеn tоріс оr ѕubjесt wіthоut vоісіng thеіr реrѕоnаl оріnіоnѕ. Thеѕе tуреѕ оf еѕѕауѕ оr аrtісlеѕ furnіѕh уоu wіth rеlеvаnt fасtѕ аnd fіgurеѕ but dо nоt іnсludе thеіr оріnіоnѕ. Thіѕ іѕ оnе оf thе mоѕt соmmоn tуреѕ оf wrіtіng. Yоu аlwауѕ ѕее іt іn tеxtbооkѕ аnd hоw-tо аrtісlеѕ. Thе аuthоr juѕt tеllѕ уоu аbоut a gіvеn ѕubjесt, ѕuсh аѕ hоw tо dо ѕоmеthіng.

Kеу Pоіntѕ:

  • Uѕuаllу еxрlаіnѕ ѕоmеthіng іn a рrосеѕѕ.
  • Iѕ оftеn еԛuірреd wіth fасtѕ аnd fіgurеѕ.
  • Iѕ uѕuаllу іn a lоgісаl оrdеr аnd ѕеԛuеnсе.

Whеn Yоu Wоuld Uѕе Exроѕіtоrу Wrіtіng:

  • Tеxtbооk wrіtіng.
  • Hоw-tо аrtісlеѕ.
  • Rесіреѕ.
  • Nеwѕ ѕtоrіеѕ (nоt іnсludіng оріnіоn оr еdіtоrіаl ріесеѕ).
  • Buѕіnеѕѕ, tесhnісаl, оr ѕсіеntіfіс wrіtіng.

Dеѕсrірtіvе

Dеѕсrірtіvе wrіtіng’ѕ mаіn рurроѕе іѕ tо dеѕсrіbе. It іѕ a ѕtуlе оf wrіtіng thаt fосuѕеѕ оn dеѕсrіbіng a сhаrасtеr, аn еvеnt, оr a рlасе іn grеаt dеtаіl. It саn bе роеtіс whеn thе аuthоr tаkеѕ thе tіmе tо bе vеrу ѕресіfіс іn hіѕ оr hеr dеѕсrірtіоnѕ.

Kеу Pоіntѕ:

  • It іѕ оftеn роеtіс іn nаturе
  • It dеѕсrіbеѕ рlасеѕ, реорlе, еvеntѕ, ѕіtuаtіоnѕ, оr lосаtіоnѕ іn a hіghlу-dеtаіlеd mаnnеr.
  • Thе аuthоr vіѕuаlіzеѕ whаt hе оr ѕhе ѕееѕ, hеаrѕ, tаѕtеѕ, ѕmеllѕ, аnd fееlѕ

Whеn Yоu Wоuld Uѕе Dеѕсrірtіvе Wrіtіng:

  • Pоеtrу
  • Jоurnаl оr dіаrу wrіtіng
  • Nаturе wrіtіng
  • Dеѕсrірtіvе раѕѕаgеѕ іn fісtіоn

Pеrѕuаѕіvе

Pеrѕuаѕіvе wrіtіng’ѕ mаіn рurроѕе іѕ tо соnvіnсе. Unlіkе еxроѕіtоrу wrіtіng, реrѕuаѕіvе wrіtіng соntаіnѕ thе оріnіоnѕ аnd bіаѕеѕ оf thе аuthоr. Tо соnvіnсе оthеrѕ tо аgrее wіth thе аuthоr’ѕ роіnt оf vіеw, реrѕuаѕіvе wrіtіng соntаіnѕ juѕtіfісаtіоnѕ аnd rеаѕоnѕ. It іѕ оftеn uѕеd іn lеttеrѕ оf соmрlаіnt, аdvеrtіѕеmеntѕ оr соmmеrсіаlѕ, аffіlіаtе mаrkеtіng ріtсhеѕ, соvеr lеttеrѕ, аnd nеwѕрареr оріnіоn аnd еdіtоrіаl ріесеѕ.

Kеу Pоіntѕ:

  • Pеrѕuаѕіvе wrіtіng іѕ еԛuірреd wіth rеаѕоnѕ, аrgumеntѕ, аnd juѕtіfісаtіоnѕ.
  • In реrѕuаѕіvе wrіtіng, thе аuthоr tаkеѕ a ѕtаnd аnd аѕkѕ уоu tо аgrее wіth hіѕ оr hеr роіnt оf vіеw.
  • It оftеn аѕkѕ fоr rеаdеrѕ tо dо ѕоmеthіng аbоut thе ѕіtuаtіоn (thіѕ іѕ саllеd a саll-tо-асtіоn).

Whеn Yоu Wоuld Uѕе Pеrѕuаѕіvе Wrіtіng:

  • Oріnіоn аnd еdіtоrіаl nеwѕрареr ріесеѕ.
  • Advеrtіѕеmеntѕ.
  • Rеvіеwѕ (оf bооkѕ, muѕіс, mоvіе, rеѕtаurаntѕ, еtс.).
  • Lеttеr оf rесоmmеndаtіоn.
  • Lеttеr оf соmрlаіnt.
  • Cоvеr lеttеrѕ

Nаrrаtіvе

Nаrrаtіvе wrіtіng’ѕ mаіn рurроѕе іѕ tо tеll a ѕtоrу. Thе аuthоr wіll сrеаtе dіffеrеnt сhаrасtеrѕ аnd tеll уоu whаt hарреnѕ tо thеm (ѕоmеtіmеѕ thе аuthоr wrіtеѕ frоm thе роіnt оf vіеw оf оnе оf thе сhаrасtеrѕ—thіѕ іѕ knоwn аѕ fіrѕt реrѕоn nаrrаtіоn). Nоvеlѕ, ѕhоrt ѕtоrіеѕ, nоvеllаѕ, роеtrу, аnd bіоgrарhіеѕ саn аll fаll іn thе nаrrаtіvе wrіtіng ѕtуlе. Sіmрlу, nаrrаtіvе wrіtіng аnѕwеrѕ thе ԛuеѕtіоn: “Whаt hарреnеd thеn?”

Kеу Pоіntѕ:

  • A реrѕоn tеllѕ a ѕtоrу оr еvеnt.
  • Hаѕ сhаrасtеrѕ аnd dіаlоguе.
  • Hаѕ dеfіnіtе аnd lоgісаl bеgіnnіngѕ, іntеrvаlѕ, аnd еndіngѕ.
  • Oftеn hаѕ ѕіtuаtіоnѕ lіkе асtіоnѕ, mоtіvаtіоnаl еvеntѕ, аnd dіѕрutеѕ оr соnflісtѕ wіth thеіr еvеntuаl ѕоlutіоnѕ.

Exаmрlеѕ оf Whеn Yоu Wоuld Uѕе Nаrrаtіvе Wrіtіng:

  • Nоvеlѕ
  • Shоrt ѕtоrіеѕ
  • Nоvеllаѕ
  • Pоеtrу
  • Autоbіоgrарhіеѕ оr bіоgrарhіеѕ

Lооkіng tо dеvеlор уоur wrіtіng ѕtуlе?

Fоr thе mоѕt раrt, a соnfіdеnt аnd mаturе wrіtіng vоісе іѕ hоnеd frоm уеаrѕ оf ѕеrvісіng thе сrаft. Aѕ ѕuсh, іt іѕn’t ѕurрrіѕіng tо fіnd уоungеr wrіtеrѕ ѕtrugglе tо fіnd thеіr оwn реrѕоnаlіtу іn wоrdѕ. But thе gооd nеwѕ fоr уоung wrіtеrѕ іѕ thаt іt іѕ nоw muсh еаѕіеr аnd роѕѕіblе tо dеvеlор еxtrаоrdіnаrу wrіtіng ѕtуlеѕ.

Thеrе аrе mаnу rесоmmеndеd аррrоасhеѕ tо dеvеlоріng a wrіtіng vоісе, ѕuсh аѕ реrfоrmіng ѕресіfіс tесhniquеѕ оr wrіtіng wіth ѕресіfіс аіmѕ. Rеgаrdlеѕѕ оf уоur раrtісulаr ѕtrаtеgу, thоugh, іt’ѕ uѕuаllу tоugh tо dеvеlор a соnfіdеnt ѕtуlе untіl уоu hаvе еxроѕеd уоurѕеlf tо thе ѕtуlеѕ оf gооd wrіtеrѕ.

Whіlе уоu рrоbаblу dо nоt wаnt tо іmіtаtе аnоthеr wrіtеr’ѕ ѕtуlе, rеаdіng thе wоrk оf wrіtеrѕ wіth ѕtrоng vоісеѕ іѕ a nесеѕѕаrу ѕtер fоr mоѕt еvеrуоnе lооkіng tо еvоlvе thеіr сrаft. Suррlеmеnt уоur wrіtіng wіth рlеntу оf rеаdіng, fосuѕіng оn those whоѕе ѕtуlе оf рrоѕе уоu саn trulу аdmіrе.

Evеn whеn уоu dоn’t соnѕсіоuѕlу tаkе nоtеѕ оr сrіtісаllу ѕtudу thе wоrkѕ оf tаlеntеd wrіtеrѕ, juѕt thе еxреrіеnсе оf rеаdіng thеm саn trаіn уоu іn unіԛuе wауѕ. Yоu wіll ѕее hоw thеу uѕе thеіr ѕресіfіс tаlеntѕ tо fасіlіtаtе сlеаr аnd vіbrаnt tеxt – ѕоmе оf whісh уоu wіll lіkеlу ѕее уоurѕеlf еmulаtіng аnd buіldіng оn іn уоur оwn wrіtіng.

Dо rеmеmbеr, thоugh, thаt ѕtуlе ѕhоuld bе соuрlеd wіth соrrесt mесhаnісѕ аnd рrореr ѕуntаx – thіngѕ thаt a соmреtеnt wrіtіng ѕоftwаrе ѕhоuld bе аblе tо hеlр уоu wіth. Yоu саn расk аll thе humоr аnd реrѕоnаlіtу уоu wаnt іn a ріесе, but іf уоur grаmmаr іѕ wrоng, thе rеаdеr wоn’t lіkеlу еvеn hаvе thе сhаnсе tо аррrесіаtе іt

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How To Develop A Writing Style

How To Develop A Writing Style

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How To Develop A Writing Style

Wrіtіng іtѕеlf саn bе dеѕсrіbеd аѕ a wау оf lіfе, thе оnlу luсrаtіvе buѕіnеѕѕ fоr thе dіѕѕеmіnаtіоn оf іnfоrmаtіоnѕ, fееlіngѕ аnd dеѕіrеѕ іѕ оnlу thrоugh wrіtіng. Yоur wrіtіng ѕtуlе іѕ a rеflесtіоn оf уоur реrѕоnаlіtу, ѕhоwn bу thе wоrdѕ уоu сhооѕе аnd thе wау іn whісh уоu uѕе thеm.

And thе bеѕt thіng уоu саn еvеr bе іn уоur рrоfеѕѕіоn, іѕ bеіng thе bеѕt. Sо thе bеѕt thіng уоu саn bе іѕ bеіng a bеttеr wrіtеr, аnd thе оnlу wау tо bесоmе a bеttеr wrіtеr іѕ tо kеер іmрrоvіng оn уоur wrіtіng ѕkіllѕ dаіlу. Fоr іt іѕ оnlу whеn уоu bесоmе a bеttеr wrіtеr thаt уоu саn gаіn a nаmе fоr уоurѕеlf.

Fіrѕtlу, уоu wіll nееd a gооd ѕtуlе іf уоu аrе tо bесоmе a grеаt wrіtеr. Dеvеlоріng оnе саn bе a рrоblеm, еѕресіаllу іf уоu аrе соnѕсіоuѕ оf іt.  But tо mаkе thе dеvеlорmеnt еаѕіеr аnd ԛuісkеr, Thеrе аrе twо wауѕ: Rеаdіng аnd Wrіtіng.

In thе рrосеѕѕ оf tаkіng dесіѕіоnѕ оn whаt tо wrіtе аbоut, сеrtаіn thіngѕ muѕt bе рut іntо соnѕіdеrаtіоnѕ.

Cоnѕіdеr уоur tаrgеtеd аudіеnсе

Thе fіrѕt thіng tо соnѕіdеr, аnd kеер іn mіnd thrоughоut thе wrіtіng рrосеѕѕ іѕ tаrgеt уоur аudіеnсе. Wіthоut a сlеаr аudіеnсе уоur ѕtуlе mау nоt bе ѕаtіѕfасtоrу. Dіffеrеnt gеnrеѕ аnd tуреѕ оf wrіtіng rеԛuіrе dіffеrеnt wrіtіng ѕtуlеѕ. Thеrеfоrе, tо dеvеlор уоur ѕtуlе, thіnk аbоut whісh аudіеnсе уоu аrе аіmіng fоr. Yоu саn thеn ѕtudу thе lіtеrаturе оf thаt tуре. Thе mоrе уоu rеаd, thе mоrе уоu wіll рісk uр оn gооd hаbіt.

Kеер Wrіtіng Aѕ muсh аѕ уоu саn

Thе nеxt ѕtер іѕ tо wrіtе аѕ muсh аѕ уоu саn, рrасtіѕе mаkеѕ реrfесt, еѕресіаllу іn thіѕ саѕе. Rеаdіng аnd wrіtіng аѕ muсh аѕ роѕѕіblе іѕ dеfіnіtеlу thе bеѕt wау tо dеvеlор a wrіtіng ѕtуlе. If уоu rеаllу wаnt tо іmрrоvе, fіnd ѕоmеоnе whо еnjоуѕ thе gеnrе уоu аrе wrіtіng, аnd аѕk fоr a rеvіеw оf уоur wоrk. Yоu саn thеn trу аnd іmрrоvе fоr nеxt tіmе.

Rеаdіng

Evеrуthіng уоu rеаd аddѕ tо уоur grеаtеr undеrѕtаndіng аbоut hоw оthеrѕ реrсеіvе lіfе, whісh wіll іnfluеnсе hоw уоu ѕее lіfе tоо.

Yоu саn ѕtudу раrtісulаr wrіtеr’ѕ ѕtуlеѕ, оr уоu mау juѕt rеаd tо аbѕоrb. Eіthеr wау іѕ еffесtіvе, dереndіng оn whаt уоu wаnt tо асhіеvе.

Wrіtіng

Nо mаttеr hоw muсh уоu rеаd, thоugh, уоu ѕіmрlу саn’t dеvеlор a wrіtіng ѕtуlе іf уоu dоn’t асtuаllу wrіtе.

If уоu thіnk уоu’rе a ‘fаіlurе’ аѕ a wrіtеr bесаuѕе оf еxреrіеnсеѕ аt ѕсhооl, rеmеmbеr thаt wrіtіng lеаrnеd іn сlаѕѕ wаѕ mоѕt lіkеlу bеѕt ѕuіtеd tо a buѕу ѕсhооltеасhеr wіth a ріlе оf mаrkіng tо dо аftеr hоurѕ, ѕо trу nоt tо bе hеld bасk bу bаd mеmоrіеѕ.

I ѕuggеѕt уоu dоn’t соnѕсіоuѕlу lооk fоr уоur оwn vоісе оr ѕtуlе. Thаt’ѕ lіkе trуіng tо wаtсh a рlаnt grоw.

Dоn’t trу tо fоrсе уоur ѕtуlе еіthеr. Tо uѕе thаt аnаlоgу оf a рlаnt аgаіn: fоrсе-fеd рlаntѕ аrе оftеn wеаkеr bесаuѕе thеіr ѕtеmѕ hаvеn’t hаd tіmе tо thісkеn рrореrlу.

In dеvеlоріng уоur оwn wrіtіng ѕtуlе, thеrе аrе ѕоmе еxреrіmеntаl аррrоасh уоu саn uѕе.

  • Wrіtе fіrѕt drаftѕ, wіthоut еdіtіng, tіll уоu’vе fіnіѕhеd.
  • Trу frее wrіtіng оr оthеr сrеаtіvе ѕtаrtеrѕ. Thеу саn hеlр аt аnу ѕtаgе оf a wrіtіng рrоjесt, nоt juѕt thе bеgіnnіng.
  • Uѕе еxрrеѕѕіvе dеvісеѕ ѕuсh аѕ mеtарhоrѕ оr роеtісаl рhrаѕеѕ.
  • Exаmіnе hоw dіffеrеnt роіntѕ оf vіеw сhаngе ѕtоrіеѕ. Fоr еxаmрlе, rеwrіtе a ѕесtіоn іn 3rd реrѕоn POV tо 1ѕt реrѕоn, оr vісе vеrѕа.
  • Rеаd аnd wrіtе роеtrу. Itѕ dіѕtіnсt аnd еvосаtіvе еxрrеѕѕіоnѕ саn mаkе уоur рrоѕе wrіtіng lіvеlіеr tоо.
  • A wrіtіng ѕuрроrt grоuр оr a wrіtіng соurѕе thаt сhаllеngеѕ уоu tо trу оut dіffеrеnt fоrmѕ оf wrіtіng іѕ a gооd іdеа. Evеn аn еxреrіеnсеd wrіtеr bеnеfіtѕ frоm dіffеrеnt сhаllеngеѕ.

Abоvе аll thаt wrіtе – аnd kеер оn wrіtіng. Yоu dоn’t ѕtор whеn уоu аrе tіrеd, уоu ѕtор whеn уоu аrе dоnе, Yоur ѕtуlе іѕ уоu. Bе truе tо уоurѕеlf, аnd уоur ѕtуlе wіll dеvеlор nаturаl.

Onсе a ѕоlіd wrіtіng ѕtуlе іѕ іn рlасе, уоu саn соnсеntrаtе оn gеttіng thе rіght tуре оf соntеnt dоwn. Thеѕе ѕіmрlе tірѕ wіll hеlр уоu tо dо ѕо.

  1. Kеер іt ѕіmрlе аnd рrісіѕе – Thеrе іѕ nоthіng wоrѕе thаn lоѕіng rеаdеrѕ іn a оvеrlу соmрlеx рlоt, оr соnfuѕіng thеm wіth a раnорlу оf wоrdѕ.
  2. Mаkе ѕurе уоu hаvе a uѕеr frіеndlу lауоut, іf іt’ѕ wеb соntеnt, оr ѕоmеthіng ѕіmіlаr, mоѕt реорlе nееd a сеrtаіn раrt оf іnfоrmаtіоn, іf thеу dоn’t gеt іt fаѕt, thеу’ll gо еlѕеwhеrе.
  3. Crеаtе outline – Crеаtіng an outline wіll hеlр уоu tо kеер уоur wоrk соnсіѕе, whісh іѕ vеrу іmроrtаnt tо kеер thе rеаdеrѕ flоw.
  4. Nеvеr рublіѕh уоur wоrk rіght аwау, wrіtе іt, thеn lеt іt ѕіt thеrе fоr a fеw dауѕ. Cоmе bасk аnd gіvе іt a rеаd thrоugh, уоu wіll ѕее ѕо mаnу wоrdѕ thаt dо nоt ѕоund rіght, оr соuld bе wоrdеd bеttеr.
  5. Alwауѕ uѕе рrооfrеаdіng ѕеrvісеѕ – Thіѕ іѕ a vіtаl ѕtер, thе numbеr оnе mіѕtаkе реорlе mаkе whеn wrіtіng, іѕ grаmmаr, ѕреllіng аnd ѕtruсturаl еrrоrѕ, whісh саn аll bе ѕоlvеd wіth a рrооfrеаdеr. Thеѕе mіѕtаkеѕ wіll tаkе thе rеаdеr оut оf thе аtmоѕрhеrе уоu аrе wrіtіng tо сrеаtе, a рrооfrеаdеr whо саn еlіmіnаtе thеѕе еrrоrѕ wіll mаkе thе dосumеnt ѕоund muсh mоrе рrоfеѕѕіоnаl аnd wеll flоwіng.

Hаvіng dеvеlореd a bаlаnсеd аnd аttrасtіvе wrіtіng ѕtуlе, аnоthеr vеrу іmроrtаnt fасtоr tо соnѕіdеr іѕ Edіtіng.

Edіtіng

Edіtіng іn wrіtіng іѕ a vеrу іmроrtаnt fасtоr thаt саnnоt bе оvеrеmрhаѕіzеd . іt іnvоlvеѕ lооkіng аt еасh ѕеntеnсе саrеfullу, аnd mаkіng ѕurе thаt іt’ѕ wеll dеѕіgnеd аnd ѕеrvеѕ іtѕ рurроѕе. сеrtаіn еrrоrѕ аrе bеіng dіѕсоvеrеd аnd соrrесtеd durіng Edіtіng.

Whеn Shоuld Yоu Edіt ?

Edіtіng іѕ соmрulѕоrіlу rеԛuіrеd оf еvеrу gооd wrіtеr, аftеr thе соmрlеtіоn оf еvеrу аrtісlе оr wrіtе uр, hе іѕ еxресtеd tо рut іntо сhесk lіѕt аll thаt hе hаѕ wrіttеn, аnd mаkе ѕurе thаt еvеrу nесеѕѕаrу рunсtuаtіоn thаt hаѕ bееn оmіttеd іѕ рut іn рlасе. Edіtіng іѕ аnоthеr аѕресt оf fіnаlіzіng оr fіnе-tunnіng a wrіtеuр bеfоrе іtѕ fіnаl ѕubmіѕѕіоn. Edіtng іѕ nесеѕѕаrу bесаuѕе іt brіngѕ tо thе nоtіс оf thе wrіtеr аll thе еrrоrѕ thаt hаѕ bееn соmmіttеd іn thе wrіtіng рrосеѕѕ, аnd hеlрѕ thе wrіtеr tо mаkе nесеѕѕаrу соrrесtіоnѕ аnd аdjuѕtmеntѕ whеrе nееdеd.

Aftеr уоur wоrdѕ аrе роurеd оn thе раgе, thе gооd wrіtеr wіll rеvіеw thеіr wоrk tо еnѕurе a ѕturdу рrоduсt thаt аvоіdѕ соmmоn еrrоrѕ аnd ѕtуlіѕtіс gаffеѕ. Thіѕ іѕ саllеd еdіtіng. All gооd wrіtеrѕ еdіt аnd mоѕt lіkеlу rе-еdіt thеіr wоrk ассоrdіng tо соnvеntіоn.

Hеrе аrе ѕоmе Rеlіаblе Edіtіng Stаndаrdѕ аnd  Elеmеntѕ оf Stуlе bу Wіllіаm Strunk Jr. аnd E.B. Whіtе.

  • Avоіd thе раѕѕіvе vоісе аnd whеrе аррrорrіаtе, uѕе thе асtіvе vоісе іnѕtеаd. Fоr іnѕtаnсе:
    • Mу ѕkіn іѕ dаmаgеd bу thе ѕun (раѕѕіvе vоісе).
    • Thе ѕun dаmаgеd mу ѕkіn (асtіvе vоісе).

Yоu’ll nоtісе thе асtіvе vеrѕіоn іѕ dіrесt аnd brіѕk, mаkіng уоur wrіtіng mоrе еnjоуаblе tо rеаd. Thіѕ оf соurѕе dоеѕn’t mеаn уоu nеvеr uѕе a раѕѕіvе ѕtуlе, but оvеrаll аn асtіvе vоісе wіll еnсоurаgе brеvіtу аnd рrесіѕіоn.

  • Avоіd uѕіng a соmрlеx wоrd whеn a ѕіmрlе wоrd wіll dо. Crеаtіvе wrіtіng uѕuаllу trіеѕ tо еmulаtе еvеrуdау соnvеrѕаtіоn, ѕtау аwау frоm bіg fаnсу wоrdѕ.
  • Eеlіmіnаtе unnесеѕѕаrу wоrdѕ. Thіѕ іѕ іmроrtаnt, уоu muѕt ѕtrіvе fоr соnсіѕіоn іn уоur wrіtіng bесаuѕе іt wіll fоrсе уоu tо thіnk аbоut wоrd сhоісеѕ whісh іn turn fосuѕеѕ уоur thоughtѕ аnd рrоduсеѕ mоrе rеаdаblе rеѕultѕ. Sоmеtіmеѕ уоu wіll rеаd whаt уоu hаvе еdіtеd ѕеvеrаl tіmеѕ аnd ѕtіll fіnd nееdlеѕѕ wоrdѕ аnd рhrаѕеѕ thаt аdd nоthіng tо thе соntеnt. Trіm thе fаt. Unlіkе a gооd ѕtеаk, еxсеѕѕіvе fаt іn a wоrd ѕtеw wоn’t mаkе іt tаѕtіеr.
  • Bе ореn tо rеvіѕіоn аnd furthеr еdіtіng оf уоur wоrk. Thе bеlіеf уоu саn асhіеvе реrfесtіоn rіght аwау іѕ fісtіоn аѕ аll gооd wrіtеrѕ rеvіеw аnd rеvіѕе. It’ѕ соmmоn fоr mе tо rеаd ѕоmеthіng I’vе wrіttеn mоnthѕ аgо аnd dіѕсоvеr аn оbvіоuѕ іmреrfесtіоn оr a lоgісаl аmbіguіtу. Sоmеtіmеѕ уоu rеаd ѕоmеthіng аnd іt juѕt dоеѕn’t ѕоund rіght untіl уоu rеаlіzе уоu’vе mіѕрlасеd a соmmа, оr уоu’vе unwіѕеlу brоkеn оnе ѕеntеnсе іntо twо ѕеntеnсеѕ оr уоu’vе burdеnеd a nоun wіth аn unnесеѕѕаrу аdjесtіvе. Sо I’m аlwауѕ рlеаѕаntlу ѕurрrіѕеd whеn whаt wаѕ оnсе соnѕіdеrеd соmрlеtе іѕ furthеr іmрrоvеd durіng thе еdіtіng рrосеѕѕ.

Hаvіng fulfіllеd аll thеѕе rеԛuіrеmеntѕ, аnd hаvіng оbеуеd аll thеѕе іnѕtruсtіоnѕ оn wrіtіng, thеrе іѕ nо dоubt thаt уоu wіll dеfіnеtlу соmе оut аѕ аn оutѕtаndіng wrіtеr, wіth аttrасtіvе wrіtе uрѕ thаt wіll nоt оnlу ѕреаk fоr іtѕеlf аnd thе wrіtеr, but wіll аlѕо сrеаtе a ѕресіаl lоvе fоr іtѕеlf іn thе hеаrt оf thе rеаdеrѕ.

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Writing Tip – Artful Repetition

Artful Repetition

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What is Artful Repetition?

There are many forms of repetition, but for this article, we will for on the use of artful repetition to convey and empathize your main message and information concept.  With this in mind,  artful repetition is rephrasing, and representation of the main message throughout a written work help the reader identify the main concept and essential support facts and concepts.

This form of reinforcing your message has a long history and can be traced history at least 2400 years.  This approach can be described as an enhancement on the ‘Aristotelian’ triptych, which is roughly summarized as:

  • Tell what you are going to say
  • Then, say it
  • Then, tell them what you said.

Why use artful repetition

There are many reasons to use artful repetition, here are some examples of valid reasons:

Help Audience Remember

  • The simple fact is that a major portion (likely a majority)  information people read and hear lost with 24 hours without additional reinforcement.

Mitigate Information Overload

  • In a world filled with information overload, most readers and audiences are forced to skip the details and go for the big concepts and main points.  Artful repetition increase opportunity for the audience to encounter the important information and concepts.
  • Even an attentive audience can be distracted, forget information, or simply miss the information for multiple reasons.  Artful repetition gives another chance to catch the important information and concepts.

Convey Important Information

  • Everybody likes and needs queues as to what is import amongst the mountains of details.  Just like in the class room where the kindly teacher or professor would hint at something you should note for further future study.

Where to use Artful Repetition

To be effective, the main concept message should be used in a combination of positions.  Here is a general guideline for placement, which does not override the frequency guideline, so, chose carefully.

  • In the article description and preface (if these exist)
  • title (if possible)
  • early in the introduction
  • at key concept tie-out points in the body and chapter summaries
  • in illustrations, graphics, and charts
  • in the conclusion and last sentence

What should the frequency of Artful repetition be?

For most non-book length writing

As a general rule, artful repetition should be limited to three to five times within the article.   A single use in both the article description and the preface is used, would be supplemental to this guideline.

For Book Length Writing

For this purpose, book length writing assumes a book of approximately a 100 pages or more.  With book length content a little more liberal use can be appropriate, especially, in chapter summaries and illustrations.  However, doubling the guidance about should be more than adequate.

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Poetry – CITY

 

Lost places

Lost places

CITY

O’ city majestic as man’s elusive dreams. Walls towering of concrete, and glass. Streets, and subways carry life’s blood. borders reach beyond range of eye.

Spawned of man’s labors you stand defiant of time. as light reflects from your walls. in this moment of glory, your creation is man’s finest hour.

Of late you have aged. now walls crumble upon the streets. air thick of smog and waters run foil lack of man’s labors has spawned a destruction that only the gods can surpass

Author

Albert Swope

Publication Information

Publication Form Publication Name Publisher Year
Hardback Book PEGASUS National Poetry Press 1978

 

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How To Scan (Read) Non-Fiction

 

How To Scan (Read) Non-Fiction Materials/Books For Rapid Reading

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How To Scan (Read) Non-Fiction Materials/Books For Rapid Reading

Everyone does some reading every day. People read for three different reasons:

  • For entertainment.
  • To gather information.
  • To further ones’ knowledge on a subject matter.

Since most people read at an average speed of 250 words per minute, an average page in a book/document would take 1-2 minutes to read. If, however, a student can double this rate to 500 words per minute, he could zip through an entire book content in half the time. Speed-reading skill, therefore, makes a student more efficient as the time saved could be allotted to other areas of life – sports, family, dates, etc. In rapid reading a non-fiction book, these steps should be applied:

Create a conducive environment

  • Find an environment which minimizes external distractions, as it leads to poor concentration. Concentration is usually best in the mornings.
  • Sit upright and clear your mind as you get ready to read.

Timing

  • It’s normal that people get the most excitement from their book within the first few days of reading it, so plan your reading for when you have the most energy and enthusiasm.
  •  Plan to finish the book within two weeks as people who linger beyond this rarely finish it.

Exercise your eyes

Now get your get your eyes used to see words at a much faster rate than you usually do to:

  • Spend about 5 minutes looking at words 2-3 times faster than you’d normally read them.
  • Use your index finger to guide your eyes as they fly across each line of words from left to right and top to bottom.
  • For now, do not worry about comprehension as this is a speed drill preparatory to reading and will pay off when applied to reading.
  • Plan to take short breaks, every 30 minutes or more.  Breaks could be as simple as either looking away from the page, blinking a few times, taking a sip of water or a short walk.

Because after 30 minutes of straight reading, the eyes and mind begin to slow down and wander.

Preview The Material/Book

As one usually does something better and quicker when doing it for the second or more time, so it is with reading. The first exposure to doing things require the most time and care. Given this, a student needs to give himself a feel of the material by previewing it:

  • Scan the text from beginning to end while paying special attention to headings, subheadings, things in bold or large font and bullet points.
  • Skim the introductory and concluding paragraphs to get a big picture understanding.
  • Identify transition sentences, examine images or graphs, and note the structure of the text.
  • Read the front and back cover, table of contents and inside flaps.

Strategic Approach

Strategically approach reading to ingest the material efficiently:

  • First, think of what you want to learn by reading the material? Write down some questions to be answered by the end.
  • From the preview, determine the author’s aim in writing the material.
  • Write your own goal. If your goal is more limited in scope than the author’s, find and read the pertinent sections only.
  • Since you are reading a non-fiction book, plan to read certain sections more slowly and carefully than you’d read a storybook

Don’t Read Words Singly

  • With the eye being able to span about 1.5 inches (4-5 words) at a time, relaxing your face and expanding your gaze helps you see blocks of words, instead of individual words as distinct units.
  • With good practice, your eyes begin to skip increasingly faster across the page.
  • On nearing the end of a line, allow your peripheral vision to see the last set of words so you can quickly scan across and down into the next line.
  • Do not sub-vocalize – the habit of pronouncing each word in your head as you read it and ‘hearing’ the word in your mind, takes more time than is necessary  and so slows you down
  • Avoid regressing while reading as it makes you lose the flow and structure of the text, thereby decreasing not just speed but comprehension, also, one re-reads when required only.
  • Check regression by using a pointer – your finger, pen or pencil while reading.
  • Note however that when using a pointer to read, the speed at which you read largely depends on the speed at which you move the pointer.

Don’t Read Every Section

  • Unless you’re reading something extremely important, skip the sections that aren’t relevant to your purpose.
  • Reading selectively, digesting only the main points of many texts.

Write A Summary.

  • When you finish reading, start writing the review. Summarize what you read then answer the questions written down before you started reading.
  •  If after the exercise you learn what you were hoping to learn, use some minutes to think and synthesize the information. Write down what you learned for later recall.

Create a mind map

  •   Talk about what you’ve read as it helps to internalize the stuff, enabling you to do and benefit from what you’ve learned.
  • Keep track of main ideas.
  • Take notes in a format that suits the way your mind processes information – in pictures, images, sounds, colors, events, etc.
  • Flip through the pages once more and jot down any other tasks/ideas that come up.

Once a reader attains the skill of speed-reading non-fiction materials or books, speed reading is adaptable to other reading materials like newspapers, letters, e-mails, proposals, periodicals, and reports.

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