After school, many students were left with the impression that good writing is a piece of writing that does not contain any mistakes, like no errors of spellings, punctuation, or grammars.
But the fact is, good writing is much more than error-free writing.
Good writing is also a writing that responds to the needs and interest of the readers, like solving their problems, telling them captivating stories, or taking them on a pit-helmeted journey.
In brief, we have laid out 5 basic characteristics of good as well as effective writing:
- Good writing is clearly defined and has a purpose
- It makes a specific point
- Each point is supported by detailed information
- All information are arranged and clearly connected
- The words are fitting, the sentences are short, correct, and absolute
No matter where you go, you will encounter these same fundamental guidelines, exercises, and examples.
So, it would be correct to say that good writing is often the product of practice and hard work.
Plumbers do not get plumber’s block, and doctors don’t get doctor’s block; why should writers be the only profession that gives a special name to the difficulty of working, and then expects sympathy for it? ~ Philip Pullman
This should motivate you, as you now know that good writing is not a gift that god showered for someone specific, nor it is a privilege meant for chosen few.
If you are committed to work hard and practice regularly, then you can improve your writing.
Professional writers – those talented, formidable, and articulate individuals, who make writing look so easy – will often be the ones to tell you why writing isn’t always so easy:
All writing is difficult.
Good writing is often the product of practice and hard work
The most you can hope for is a day when it goes reasonably easily.
Don’t be giving up already by the thought that good writing does not comes easily at first.
Instead, embrace the challenge of writing and know that it is just as difficult as any other job you might do in your life.
I learned to produce whether I wanted to or not. It would be easy to say oh, I have writer’s block, oh, I have to wait for my muse. I don’t. Chain that muse to your desk and get the job done. ~ Barbara Kingsolver
Regular practice and hard work will eventually make you a better writer.
As you begin to sharpen your skills, then you will also begin to build confidence and enjoy the writing process, too.
The more you are satisfied with your work, the better your attitude towards writing becomes.
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