Basic writing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
My most recent blog, about the overuse of exclamation points (I fixed the broken link!), somehow led me to today’s post. The article discusses four basic writing principles you can use everyday; and using “principles” correctly gives it extra credibility to me.
The major points are
- Show, don’t tell
- Simplicity is better than flowery
- Read a lot, learn from everything
- Focus by learning what not to do
Among my favorite suggestions mentioned is “One of the really bad things you can do to your writing is to dress up the vocabulary.”
Write like you talk, and your words flow better and your story just seems to be more honest, more believable. Though as one comment on the article points out, “Write how you would talk, but examine how you talk. If you're a stream-of-consciousness rambler, prune away unnecessary asides. If you talk like a professor, look for ten-dollar words that could be replaced by one dollar words.”
Read the article and see how it might help you when you’re creating your next advertisement. Or even your next email.
Got the idea?