Writing is all about sharing information with other people. Unless you’re writing in a private journal or diary or something like that, but this isn’t private. Lately I’ve been thinking about the best ways to get into the right mood to start writing; you know, how to start the writing process. I have a few things I do when I want to write so I can maximize my output and do more. That’s important today because video media is getting more attention than ever. If you’re writing for other people then you need to write well and these are tips for doing that.
Becoming better at writing is all about practice. It’s just like anything else. If you want to get better at something then you need to keep doing it until you learn it inside and out, until you’re confident in what you’re doing because you know what you’re doing. As a good exercise, I recommend looking up synonyms for words you already know. When you are writing for other people, you want to provide something without many repeated words. By knowing several different ways to say the same thing, you can keep readers interested in your message.
It also helps to be interested in what you’re writing. This shouldn’t be too surprising, but writers tend to take a greater interest in those subjects that interest them the most, so they learn more about them and understand them better than most. I’m not saying I’m an expert on too many things, but I do like talking to people, so I’ve learned how to do that well. I’ve also found that writing things out beforehand and practicing speeches has made it easier to deliver those speeches in front of a crowd later. That’s one of the things I’m most grateful for learning from my one speech class.
It’s not necessary to be interested in a subject to write about it though. If you are willing to take some time to create an outline before you start writing, you can organize your thoughts before you begin writing and make it easier to create the content without stumbling. I’ve found that picking out the points I want to make and then plotting points for them in sentences or paragraphs throughout a piece makes it easier for me to write. I don’t have to worry about what I’m going to say next because I already know what I’m going to say next.
Once you start the writing process, you need to state your points plainly, so anyone reading can understand the information you are trying to pass along. If you are reporting on a topic, try not to include any bias in what you’re saying. Give people an objective view of the situation you’re trying to tell them about and be honest. If you are trying to argue a particular point, it might be better to make your speech more aggressive. This goes back to writing about things that interest you – people usually make better arguments for things they genuinely understand and really want.
Not that you should lie or make disingenuous arguments. Don’t misunderstand me here, please. One of the benefits of writing accurately and honestly is that you can affect people’s lives for the better by giving them information they wouldn’t have otherwise had, without trying to paint their views on something. Just tell them about it and let them come to their own conclusions. Using your medium to lie about events or try to censor or hide information is the worst thing any writer could do, because it serves some other interest rather than your readers, and readers depend on good information.
Before I start to work on a writing piece, I like to take in a meal, or at least a big snack. I usually work best right after breakfast, lunch and dinner, but I find that if I can find a few minutes to eat something throughout the day, it gets my energy up again. If I have something I absolutely need to write, I usually reserve a couple of hours after a meal so I can focus on just that and get it done. It is important to set aside some time when you want to write, I think. It works easier for me when nobody is around to take my attention away from what I’m doing.
Part of cutting out all distractions is taking a bathroom break so I don’t have to go during the time I’m writing, so I also do that beforehand if I have something I absolutely have to write. If it’s nothing urgent, I don’t take this step, of course. It’s nice not to have to regulate that sort of thing, but when you have people depending on you to produce content of some kind, then you need to do what it takes to make that happen, and that means making time to devote to just that.
If you’re writing for your own benefit, then the rules completely change. Do whatever it takes to make you comfortable so you can say what you need to say about whatever it is that’s on your mind. If you can’t be honest with yourself, who can you be honest with? Do whatever helps you to relax the most and start writing once you’re in a good mood. Unless you want to sound angry and forceful in what you’re writing. There is a time and place for that too. Relaxing wouldn’t help with that.
Now that I’ve outlined a few good ideas for pre-writing as well as good behaviors to keep in mind while writing your copy, I hope some of my readers have found at least one way to improve their writing. It’s not an easy thing to do, or else more people would be doing it. But if you practice with your words, learn how to write effectively, research your topics and report on events honestly, you are well on your way to being the kind of reader people can depend on for fair information. I think that’s a good thing.