Thursday, January 17, 2008

MEME: Three tips necessary for good and powerful writing


I've been tagged. This sort of a game is called a meme but this one has a great educational value because it is an opportunity to post advice on powerful writing, and do some linking. Here is how it works:

• Link back to the person who tagged you.
• List three things that you believe are necessary to make writing good and powerful.
• Tag five others and comment at their blog informing them that they've been tagged.

The person who tagged me is Thursday Bram and her blog is http://www.thursdaybram.com/2008/01/16/yes-its-a-meme

Three tips I believe are necessary to make writing good and powerful:

1. Write to your target audience. Fiction or nonfiction, keep your reader in mind. What age, education level, interests and expectations do they have? Deliver to the customer. This is especially important if you are a freelancer writing for a client. Know their market and their business well enough to be their customer or employee.

2. Let your creativity flow. Don’t let the double period typo at the end of a sentence distract you while you are still creating the text. You can always go back and correct punctuation and spelling when you are finished.

3. Have someone proofread for you. If I let a piece sit for a few days before I come back to it, I will catch most of my errors, but I still appreciate having someone proofread my work before it goes out.

I am tagging these five people:

Hal Manogue at http://halmanogue.blogspot.com
Dennis Martin at http://iwritesome.blogspot.com
Lee Goldberg at http://leegoldberg.typepad.com/a_writers_life/
Scott Oden at http://scottoden.blogspot.com/
Paperback writer at http://pbackwriter.blogspot.com/

I don't even know three of these writers. I found them on a search for writing blogs and they appear to be knowledgeable about writing. Let's see how many respond.

3 comments:

Thursday said...

What fantastic advice! I can't wait to see what the people you tagged come up with, either.

Mich said...

Absolutely great advice here!

Taking your 3 tips, I'd probably add:

1. Write in plain English, especially if you're writing for a varied or multicultural audience.

2. Keep it focussed on the subject at hand, and don't waffle

3. Don't use jargon or acronyms, assume the audience has little or no knowlege of the subject

I found you through Anita's Goddess Blog Chain ... and I'll definitely be back - don't hesitate to come visit me at Rainbow Dreams http://virtualcircle.blogspot.com or Infinite Bliss my other blog.

mich

Mich said...

Thanks for your kind words on Rainbow Dreams - I also have another blog http://michellechant.blogspot.com