Author: Hemendra

How to find your writing style

writing style

writing style

We are writers. What does a writer do? Ofcourse, a writer writes. But not all writer’s becomes successful. Why? Because of many reasons. And most important one for me to not able to find their writing style. They have not learned the craft and have not yet found their own voice.

                                 Here, following are some suggestions and cautionary hints that may help tou to find your writing style.

Do lots of revisions:

Revise after you have completed your manuscript.Revise and rewrite your work for several times . Because your first draft is just a rough work. It may have some serious flaws, or you may have to change the whole manuscript totally.

Thank God! We have access to computer. You can put your work in a word documemt to proofread by yourself. If you want more advance method then Scrivener is the perfect software to revise your story. Some people like to revise in a printed copy. Try both of them to find out in which method you are more comfortable.

 

 

Overwriting is bad:

Do you tend to overwrite while writing in a computer? If yes, it may make your work hard to understand. Delete the unnecessary words unless they are extraordinary.

Overwriting is a bad habit. And exccessive and flashy writing will be hard to digest for the readers and they will go to sleep.

 

 

 

Do not exaggerate:

When you exaggerate, readers will be on defence, and suspicion will be clouded over their mind. They will lose confidence in your writing. . One single exaggeration may destroy your whole work.

 

 

 

Stay away from these adjectives:

Rather, very, little and pretty are the adjectives to watch out. They are dangerous wild beasts. Over use of them will make your work feeble and weak.

 

 

Mind your spelling:

It is a basic rule of writing.  You have to learn and know the basics and use correct spellings. If your spellings are wrong then readers will instantly go away from you and never come back.

 

It is more relevant in this technologically driven world. We use sms, email and other massage giving services where we use many shorter version of words. It may become a habit and occur in your writing. Therefore, take care of your spellings carefully.

 

 

 

Stop over explanation:

As a writer we should not tell everything. Let the reader understand the manner or condition through the conversation.

When we use adverbs like “he said”, “she replied” , we tend to explain their mood by writing like, “he said willingly”, “she replied hesitantly”. They are annoying and confusing to the readers.

 

 

 

Look after awkward adverbs:

You have to take a participle or an adjective, add-ly, with it, you have an adverb now.

It is better not to use them.

Few examples are tangle, tired, much, more, thus, over etc. If we put -ly with them like tangledly, muchly, they becomes awkward adverbs.

Thusly, it becomes a awkward sentence. So, avoid it.

 

 

 

Make your dialogues clear:

The dialogues should indicate who is the speaker. If readers can’t understand who is speaking to him, they will be lost. They may have to reread it to solve the puzzle of obscurity. Therefore, make it clear.

While writing dialogue, put your attributives where naturally the break comes.

 

“Now, my girl, we will see, she said, “How well you have learned your lesson.”

 

 

“Now, my girl, she said, we will see how well you have learned your lesson.”

 

 

 

Get rid of fancy words:

Avoid the ostentatious, beautiful, alluring, elaborative and cute words. We have to use more Anglo-Saxon words because it is a livelier tongue than Latin.

So avoid the words like beautious, curvaceous, prodigious, discombobulate, etc. There is nothing wrong in using them- all are good, but some are better than others. It is a matter of ear, a matter of feeling correct and good.

 

 

 

Be clear:

Clarity is the principal element of a good writing style. Though obscurity sometimes, serves as a literary yearning, clearity can be a virtue.

No one want to read obscure sentences. It should be easy to understand. Do not keep secrets in your mind to keep your readers in suspense.

It is better to start fresh, when you are hopelessly mired in a sentence. You may be in needs to break the sentence apart and replace it by two or more sentences.

 

 

 

Do not throw your own opinion:

We have our opinion almost in everything. And it is very hard to not write it. Everyone may not like your opinion and nor likely to agree with you. Throwing opinions indiscriminately leaves the mark of egoitism on a work.

So, try not to put your opinion often in your work.

 

 

 

Do not use figures of speech often:

Simile is a useful device of writing, but if it is used more often, one after another, they are only distracting than shining. Readers don’t want to compare everything with something else.

We don’t have to mix up the metaphor. That is, we should not start by calling something as ballon and end by calling it an elephant.

 

 

 

Put youeself in the background:

Writers should put themselves in the background in their writing. We should not show our mood and temper, but readers attention should be drawn to the meaning of the text. If the text is good enough, the mood and temper of the writers would automatically revealed in front of the readers.

Therefore, it is our prime duty to put ourself in the background. And slowly as we become proficient in our craft, our style will emerge, because we ourself will emerge. Then we will be able to have our separate identity as our mind and heart will be different from other people.

 

 

 

Be natural:

Write what comes to your mind naturally. Use the words and sentences that readily come to your mind.

Do not worry if you are subconsciously immitating others. Because a language itself begins with imitation. When a child borns, he immitates the sounds made by his parents; the child imitates the language which is his mother tongue. Sooner or later you would find your own voice.

 

How do you find these suggestions? If you have any suggestion and query do not hesitate to comment below. Thank you.

How to write an exceedingly well blog post

Blogging, writing and content marketing

Blogging, writing and content marketing

 

 

Writing a blog post that draws attention of the readers is the ultimate dream of most bloggers. A good post is the foundation pillar of success to a blogger. Blogging is so popular nowadays that eveyone is into it. Therefore, the competition is sky rocketing.

 

 

I have bring to you, four points, by applying which, you can be able to write exceedingly good blog posts.

 

 

 

They are:

  • Must answer the questions

  • Must solve One problem

  • Must be actionable, and

  • Must deliver results

 

 

 

 

Must answer the questions:

Bloggers are the people who have to solve problem of the readers. Find the burning question and answer that one.

You can go to the forums related to your blogs niche. There you will get tons of burning questions. Other places to find questions are facebook groups, quora, reddit etc.

 

 

 

 

Must solve One problem:

You should aim to solve one problem at a time. Be specific. When we want to solve more than one problem at the same time, readers will get confuse. And you would not be able to focus in more than one problem at the same time. And the quality of post will decline.

 

 

 

 

Must be actionable:

Write your posts actionable. Don’t let the readets sit back and do nothing. Provide them information which have a call to action. So that they actively use this knowledge to achieve their goal.

 

 

 

 

Must deliver result:

People want to see results. That is why the income reports of pro bloggers gets more eye balls and shares. It is in our nature that we want to see the end result.

As a blogger it is our foremost duty to deliver something worth to our readers. They should receive something valuable to continue to be our reader and follower.

 

 

There is another way to find out good blog post ideas, apart from forums, quora, facebook etc. It is a free website called

www.Answerthepublic.com

 

You have to put your keyword or phrase in the search box on which you want to get ideas to write a blog post.

 

In seconds, boom! You get a ton of ideas in a circular form.

 

And it also shows us the questions searched by people in alphabetical manner.

 

 

 

Now, you know how to write an exceedingly well blog post and where to find the ideas. So, don’t over think, just write your post.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog and share with your family and friends. And comment below if you have any suggestions and querries.

Smart writing tips for writers and bloggers

Smart writing tips

Smart writing tips

You are smarter than the people that surround you. You want to learn writing because you want to blog, write a novel or do content marketing. But you have failed to draw the attention of your reader. It is so frustrating. I know it because I have gone through that stage.

 

We all writers share some common dreams. We want to touch the heart of our readers and to get famous, financially successful. But most of the writer’s don’t even make $1000 a year! That is harsh. But that can be changed. How?
Write good or die!

Writing good is hard. As the competition in the writing world is high there is more demand to improve writing standard constantly. Therefore, I have compiled below some smart writing tips to help you improve your writing.

 

 

Smart writing tips

Smart writing tips

Personalize your writing:

I know that most content marketer out there will tell you to not say a single word about yourself or how do you feel. But does the readers love to read same boring contents every time? I don’t think so. People love to get personal. They want to know your perspective on a certain thing.
Put some of your own delicacies into your writing. People will relate to you sooner or later.

 

 

 

Write, write, write and write some more:

What does a writer do? Writer writes. This is so simple. The more you write more you will learn, develop your writing style, less will be writer’s block and procrastination.

This is the most important smart writing tips I want to share with you. You want to become a famous and successful writer? Then write every day, all the time when you are not doing other things.

 

 

Smart writing tips

Smart writing tips

Read and learn:

Read when you do not write. Reading is the foundation of writing. The more you read, the more you learn. You will come to the contact of great and famous writers through their writings. You will know their writing style and can learn it. Sometimes it is good to copy them until you develop your own.

Reading is so important that some great writers even say, “if you don’t have time to read then you don’t have the time to write.” It is clear that if you want to write well and influence people then you must read.

 

 

 

Write simple words:

Do you think people love to read big words and complex sentences? If you think yes, then you are wrong. Everyone loves to read simple words and simple sentences.

Write simple sentences in the present tense. Simple is more effective. It directly enters the reader’s mind and heart.

 

 

 

Write to the point:

Write your sentences to the point. There is no need to exaggerate when you can say your word in a few words. So make your sentences short. Short sentences are easy to understand and grasp.

To the point writing also means to write in active voice. People don’t like to read passive sentences too often.

Example:
Active voice= “The hunter killed the lion.”
Passive voice=“The lion was killed by the hunter.”

Write short paragraphs:

People are going more impatient these days. Why? It is due to the internet, social media, and less time for leisure. What is the impact of it on human behavior?

They became less patient. They want to read short paragraphs.

Break your paragraphs into many short ones. Put some useful pictures in between it.

 

 

 

Don’t repeat:

Repeating words and phrases, again and again, is boring. It will show you as an ignorant.

When you repeat the same words, again and again, your text becomes bored and uninteresting. Because of it readers will either stop reading your text or go to sleep.

See, I have already bored you.

 

 

 

Edit harshly:

Be a critic of yourself. Edit your work harshly. It is not easy to be strict on self, but it is necessary. Edit several times by yourself.

If you have some trusted friends then forward your text to them to edit.

There is another simple but effective way to edit your text. Read the text backward. Reading the text backward can show you the hidden and unexpected errors.

Write for the world:

English is a global language. Most of the people in the world understand and can read English. But not everyone is an expert. Therefore, it is better to keep your writings easy to understand. How do you find that you are writing is understand by the non-English speaking peoples?

 

Show your writing to someone from the non-English speaking country. If he or she understand it then you are good to go ahead.

 

 

 

Plan your text:

 

Planning is essential in writing. Whether you are writing a novel, short story or content for your blog, planning gives you the framework ready to work on. You can write down the plan in a notebook, computer or simply plan it in your mind.

Planning is the half work done. It saves time and structures your thought. And you will have to work less to polish your text after you have planned everything.

 

Learn correct grammar:

Correct grammar is the cherry on the top of a cake. If your grammar is not correct your writing will lack the ability to convey the correct meaning.

I recommend the book “The Elements of Style” written by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White to keep beside you. This small but valuable book is one of the most comprehensive resources to use correct grammar and other useful topics.

 

 

 

Be unique and innovative:

The world is full of mediocre people and works. Nobody cares about them. If you want to be different from the herd then you have to act differently. Do not be a copy-cat.

Use your inner intuition to be unique. And try to innovate new ideas and ways. Lead the world, show a new path.

 

 

 

Research your work:

People love to read data and percentage. Our brain is so used to it that when it sees data and percentage it believes them as authentic. Use this strategy in your writing to empower it.

Research your work thoroughly, and people will love it and believe in it.

These are the few smart writing tips for you to improve your writing. How did you find it? Please share if you have any smart writing tips in your mind.

 

Comment below with your suggestions. And don’t forget to like and share with your family and friends.

 

 

writing your first book: Tips and techniques

writer, writing

writer, writing

We all have a story inside us. And every story is unique of its own. Therefore, we all can become author and write books. But if you do not love writing, probably you are not going to write a book because writing is hard. It is a very time-consuming and less rewarding in the short run.

But I know that you have the gut and patience to write your first book. And if you find happiness, entertainment writing then you may become a professional writer one day.

Here are 10 tips and techniques to write your first book.

 

 

 

Write:

 

My first tips for you to ‘Write’. Write anything which comes to your mind. If you think it is shit then write shit everyday. No matter what you know or no nothing, write nothing. This is the basic rule of writing a book. You won’t ever going to have perfect words to write, thoughts that sparkle you at the beginning. Therefore, you have to write your bogus ideas and thoughts. After writing for certain time and trials your original ideas will start to come out. And soon you will be writing from your heart and you will get fun and happiness.



 

 

 

 

Get up early:

This is very easy said than done. Because it is not always easy to wake up early in the morning in these days. The internet and social media is getting so much importance in our life that we can’t go to bed early enough to get up early. But if we able to then it can cause wonders for us.

In the morning our brain is fresh and clear of any unnecessary activities. If we can sit down and write down for two or more hours then our productivity will tremendously increase. Therefore, jot down some words while your brain is half asleep and your editor is not fully awake.

 

 

 

Read:

Reading is the base for writing. Read as much as you can. Read the great and canonical authors to get idea about great literature. You will get ideas while reading, technique to write, different forms and structures will be acquired by you. Therefore, first read a lot, read voraciously, extensively.



 

 

 

 

Take Notes:

 

Don’t just read, also take notes. Carry a notebook, cards, pocket diary, smartphone equipped with note taking app is a must. You will have to write while reading because no one can remember everything. If you jot down the important points you have read then your learning graph will increase. When you write then those things are stored in your permanent memory.

You will get another benefit carrying a notebook with you. Ideas tend to come at unexpected moments. If you don’t catch them and write in a journal, app it is lost forever. Therefore, to take your writing to the next level take notes and carry a writing device all the time with you.

 

 

 

 

 

Stop writers block and  Procrastination:

 

Writers block and procrastination is the single most enemy of the writers.

To curb out writers block you have to stop writing and concentrate in reading. Read all the different topics you like, interesting  and find useful. Go for a short vacation, leave your house and take a long walk to the meadows. Start writing when your interest returns.

To curb procrastination you have to exercise, meditate regularly in the morning. It will energize you physically and mentally. Your mental capacity to beat procrastination will increase. Also switch off the television, internet and porn. Focus towards writing and better wonder will happen.



 

 

 

 

Set a word count goal for everyday:

Writers world is different everyday. Sometimes we feel very energetic and enthusiastic and can write much more fluently. And in some other days it is very difficult to put down some words in page or screen. It is normal because we all are human and we have our ups and downs.

But if you want to excel in writing then keep a goal of word count for every day and stick to the schedule strictly. Stephen king, have a goal of 2000 words per day, even birthdays and christmas. If you don’t have any goals then you won’t achieve anything as you are floating in vacuum. Keep your own goal and follow it without failing.

 

 

 

 

Trust your intuition:

 

As we already know that every human being is different from each other so is the process of writing. Choose your own path. Follow your intuition while writing. You may not be following your planned plot, style while writing. It may lead to another place or style. So, let be it. Go with your unique ideas and creativity.



 

 

 

 

Scrivener:

It is a wonderful software dedicated to writing. Scrivener is also a publishing tool and has some useful productivity tools.

 

There is provision to set your project target, say 1,00000 words, for example. And also the session target for example: 2000 words.

To increase focus there is a compose mode where the screen is totally piece of a blank paper.

 

 

 

Enjoy the process:

There is no need to continue to write if you don’t enjoy. Creativity is hard and painful if you have no interest in it.

When you enjoy the process then your audience will also enjoy it. It shows in your writing.

Try to write by showing the audience the funny part. Funny part means not to write jokes. When you fill your writings with silly jokes, the people will skip that and soon you will follow the path.

 

 

 

Observe your surroundings:

We live in this wonderful world filled with nice people. They are different in color, creed, shape and size. Their behavior, way of living differs from each other. Observe all of them carefully. You will give an insightful story or plot to write.

And socializing more is helpful. You will watch their life and behavior. And then it is more easy and fruitful to embed them in your writing as characters.

 

 

 

How do you find these 10 tips and techniques to write your first book? Do you have any question? Feel free to add your suggeations.