By Malobi Sinha, Author
There is no substitute for good writing. If you feel you need to hone your skills, then attend a writing course. And, as with everything else in life, practice does make perfect.
There are a few rules that good writing must always follow.
1. Firstly, make sure the grammar is correct. If it is not, then for sure the article/cover letter/resume will not see the light of day again.
2. Secondly, ask yourself who your audience is – who the article is for, or targeted towards. An article targeted towards a university lecturer, for instance, would be very different to that targeted towards a peer-group.
3. Make sure what format is required for referencing, and stick to it. Case studies in Law, for instance, have very specific requirements for these.
4. Match the style of the writing to the purpose for which it is being used. For reports, and other documents, ask yourself if a paragraph could be better explained in bullet points instead of lengthy prose.
5. Do not make your sentences too long.
6. Do not explain in lengthy, unnecessary detail if not required
7. Make sure you stick to the subject that you are writing about. It is OK to diverge from it, but only for relevant issues, and make sure you return back to the subject.
8. We all like to write about something that we are interested in. However, all the writing that you do will not be in a subject that you are knowledgeable about. So, always do your research – and quote the sources.
There are very many and varied styles of writing. You should try to find your own, unique style, which encompasses all of the above, and still gives you freedom of expression. Write as much as you can. You can start a diary, and write down your thoughts for the day, and experiment with styles and forms of writing. Read as much of others’ work as possible – this will not only improve your grammar, but also your expression and style.
About the Author
Malobi Sinha spent the early years of her childhood in the freedom and vastness of Kenya, in East Africa; then her family migrated to Australia when she was in High School. Malobi is the author of ‘Savannah’, and ‘Road Less Travelled’, appraised collections of poetry, and has had literary work (articles and poetry) published in various magazines and e-zines in Australia, UK and the USA, (view Publications). She also consults in I.T. Malobi completed a Bachelors of Engineering from Monash University and a Graduate Certificate in Accounting from Deakin University. She also paints commissioned artwork, and has previously provided artwork for Corporate enviornments. Malobi enjoys playing the violin solo and in accompaniment, as well as teaching it. She lives with her husband in Victoria, Australia. Her website can be found at: http://www.malobisinha.com.
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