ZEN AND THE ART OF WRITING. Are you ready to unlearn and swim against the tide?. Are writers born or made??. Can one learn how to write? Creative writing? For a living?. Some golden rules of effective writing!. # 1. Don’t be stuffy. Use language of every day speech,
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Use language of every day speech,
not that of spokesmen, lawyers and bureaucrats!
When you express opinions/views
do not simply make assertions and assumptions
Avoid text book language
Simple sentences help.
Avoid long winded, complicated constructions and gimmicks
One thought in per para
Take critical look.
Put yourself in the reader shoes
Simplicity is the key to good writing:
Words, thoughts and expressions
“ At the end of the day….”
“With all due respects….”
“Last but not least….”
“At this point of time….”
“ …. etc.”
Complicates. Difficult to comprehend.
“These grants will incentivise administrators and educators to apply relevant metrics to assess achievement in the competencies they seek to develop.”
And write a profile of the person!
On social issues that concern you, and others around you
Edit a piece of writing, report or article
Re-write the theme of a piece
A base line/slogan
Write words in balloon in a picture
Write a small story – description/travelogue
Write a poem
9 to 5
Monday to Friday!