Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Three Things Necessary to Make Writing Good and Powerful

By Yvonne Perry

There are writers who are creative types. They can let ideas and thoughts flow freely and create a story from their wild imagination. Misplaced commas, missing periods, and misspelled words don’t get in their way.

Then, there are the logistical, mechanical types like me, who have to edit and perfect every word in every sentence before going on to the next paragraph.

It takes both kinds of writers to cover fiction and non-fiction.

While my fiction friends can weave a tale to take me on a reading fantasy, I doubt I would enjoy reading their book if someone didn’t edit it for them. Right-brained writers need left-brained editors!

Perfectionist types do well with non-fiction books like self-help, medical or scientific research, political issues—those “serious” genres—because they pay such close attention to detail. They will most likely have their bibliography completed long before they are satisfied that the copy is ready to be released to a publisher or printer. We are our own worst critic! We could take a lesson from right-brained writers.

I have three tips that I believe are necessary to make writing good and powerful. These apply regardless of which type of writer you may be:

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 the client’s market and business.

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. Use the search and replace feature in MS Word.

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.

Remember, the more you write, the better you get at it. So, make time to do what you love and write to your heart’s content!

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