Writing isn’t just about saying what’s on your mind, it’s saying it in a way that your (intended) reader understands your message and follows the flow of your text. Writing is both an art and a skill and it can be polished with practice.

Art of Writing

While writing, consider the following:

Clarity

Be clear in your mind about the purpose of your writing. The clarity in your mind would translate to clarity in your writing. It may help to create a structure before the actual writing – how you would introduce or begin, the points you are going to cover and closing your writing piece.

Structure

Structure your writing well. Put in headings and sub headings in your writing. Work it out in a way that your reader is able to see at a glance what is on offer.

Simplify

Eliminate jargon and explain unfamiliar terms. Writing simply gets the message across effectively. 

Check out this short and simple article on writing with clarity.

Here’s what the professionals say about the Art of Writing

Kiran Manral:

  1. The art of writing is rewriting.
  2. Rewrite, rework, revisit your work many times before you send it out into the world. 
  3. Don’t change your style to fit what is popular. Write the way that is most authentic to you. 

Your first focus while writing should be on content, structure, and flow. Language is to be considered as an embellishment to further sharpen the writing. Don’t get too hung up on language when writing the first draft.

Neil D’Silva:

Read as much as you write. Nothing can help you to write better than reading. 

Puspanjalee:

  1. Short and simple sentences are very effective.
  2. Break the monotony of narration by changing voice, adding dialogues or soliloquies.  

Dipankar:

  1. Pick genres and topics that are familiar to you, to begin with. Surround yourself with books from the genre for inspiration, not emulation.
  2. To hone your writing skills and identify your unique voice, experiment with formats, short stories, writing prompts, its all practice. Try short formats before embarking on long formats.

Richa Mukherjee:

There’s no rule book to follow. You can read a 100 writing help books but ultimately you have to find your own writing mojo. Write what you enjoy reading. Don’t try to follow trends.

Kanchana:

There’s no rule book to follow. You can read a 100 writing help books but ultimately you have to find your own writing mojo. Write what you enjoy reading. Don’t try to follow trends.

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