Good writing

Good writing

Writing is common to all, but a style of writing is personal to one or a group who follows that style. A style of writing attracts some and at the same time, it fails with some other. If one attracts everyone by his style of writing, he possesses the talent to write well that language. He writes differently from known writing. The talent of writing depends on upon vocabulary.

Again, a mere knowledge of vocabulary is not the only qualification to emerge as a good writer. A good writer should have vocabular knowledge in the field which his writing is about. At the same time, the writer should use words suitable to the context. For example, the word prescription generally means details of something But, when prescription relates the verdict of a court of law, it means a title or right, when it relates a doctor it means a list of medicines or treatment schedule, and when it relates a society of people, it means a customary obligation.

A girl’s eyes may be beautiful; you can say that they are beautiful. But you can say that they are charming only when you magically faintish on seeing them; like a snake does on hearing the music. By the by, you can say charmless but do not say charmful; there is no such word. A girl can say “he is my lover”, but a boy will not say “she is my lover” he should only say “she is my love”. So, choose words carefully.

(I do not know why this is so. It may be for that a male always gives female the ‘love’ whereas the female herself is the ‘love’.)

Good writing qualifies itself by its understandability. The most number of readers whom the writer wants to read should understand his writing at the first reading.  Plain, precise, and clear language contribute to the understandability. Another important talent of writing is presenting the writing readable to the readers. This means construction of sentences direct with words suitable to the context. Indirect conveyance of sense makes the reader read twice or thrice which most of them do not like.

One may write the above paragraphs as follows also:

Good writing standardizes its quality by its apprehensiveness to a maximum number of readers whom the piece of writing is meant for. Apprehensiveness of a piece of writing is achieved by constructing the sentences with plain, precise and clear language. Readability of text is another important aspect of writing which means sentences should be constructed directly with contextually suitable words failing which readers just skip the passage.

But, the above paragraph consists of hard to read sentences, phrases having simpler alternatives, and avoidable passive voice usages.

If the writer says writing is just for communicating ideas, and grammar is not necessary, the writer can do so. When doing so, if the writer writes the name of the writer’s mother tongue below the writing in the language the writer writes, it will fetch the writer respect.

Avoid colloquialism, pompousness, gender-specifics and tone of anger or accusation! Compare the following two passages:

  1. One irritates the readers when he commits grammatical mistakes in his writing. In articles, essays, reports, and academic writings, you should follow rules of grammar. You may converse with 101 grammatical mistakes, but should not write with grammatical mistakes, because a text may become a future record that will reveal your standard of writing. Your writing should not damage the structure of a language.
  2. Grammatical mistakes detract readers from the sense of the text. In articles, essays, reports, and academic writings, a writer could follow rules of grammar. One may converse with 101 grammatical mistakes, with colloquial words, with sentiments. However, most people want writing should have a constant formal tone. Even I shall not like my text becomes a record of proof in future for judging my standard of writing. No language scholars like any piece of writing damage the structure of a language.

In academic or official writings, avoid words that make your writing appears cute or lacking seriousness. Compare the following two passages:

  1. If you search for my past records and compare them with that of my colleague, you can find me like a pearl among pebbles. Even sometimes during the past, the Chief Engineer had appreciated my noting. From the experience I had in the past, I have come to a conclusion that the department promotes people who pal around VIPs. At least, this time, I expect the department would promote a right person, if not, well, I thank you for accommodating me hitherto.
  2. My past work record will show how I have been dedicated and efficient in my works and I am not less than any of my colleague in my work. During the year 2013, the Chief Engineer has commented as “Good noting, keep it up” in a file on the subject levy of charges for salvaging service. Last time, my name has been overlooked and my junior who was friendly with the Divisional Engineer was promoted. I choose to keep up official decorum in behaving with my superior and not to socialize with them. I hope this will not be considered as a disqualification. I deserve for the promotion and I inform you, Sir, if I am not promoted this time, I may seek another organization that may recognize my qualification and experience.

An official writing should be formal, to the point, descriptive but precise and free from colloquialism.

The point of view in a writing should be consistent although. A writer may in his point of view, in the second person or in the third person, but the writer shall keep this point of view unchanged. The first of the following two sentences represent a sentence with an inconsistent point of view and the second consistent.

This article is not relevant to novel writers that create characters and imagine words and sense as talked by those characters. Novelists usually write what exactly they think the characters think. They describe a scene as they imagine. Most of them do not want their imagination to be bound by the grammar.

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