Techniques of writing well Karma Sithar(Mr.), PGT English, TCV Bylakuppe.
ATTITIDE ABOUT WRITING, one way of spoiling our chances of learning how to write competently is to believe that writing is a natural gift. A person with such attitude thinks that they are the only one for whom writing is extremely difficult. They feel that everyone finds writing easy and he/she is the only one who is not good at writing. They hardly try at all. Their self-defeating attitude sometimes becomes reality. This must not be at any cost. One is as good as anyone else.
Writing for specific:
Three most common purpose of writing are:
- To inform
- To entertain
- To persuade
Most of writing will involve some form of information, entertainment or persuasion. We should select a specific topic and support it in variety of ways.
Knowing The Subject, whenever possible try to select a topic that interest us the most. In that way, we will find it much more easier to write. Even more importantly try to write on a subject that is known. If we are asked to write on a topic about which we have no knowledge or experience, we must do whatever research is required to gain the information without which we will not be able to provide specific evidence.
Pre-Writing, if we are like many people having trouble of getting started with a mental bloc sitting before a blank sheet of paper or facing problem of coming up with interesting and relevant details to support our topic well we may try some of these techniques that will help us to get words down on paper.
Brain storming: In brain storming we generate our ideas and details by asking as many questioned as we can think of, such as where did it happen? Why did it happen? When did it happen? How did it happen? Who are involved? All these questions will help us to generate ideas and details to start our writing.
Free writing: When we don't know what to write and our mind is blocked, it is always helpful to begin our writing free writing. In free writing, we write anything that comes to our mind about our topic. Do not worry about spelling, full stop, punctuation or other grammatical mistakes. There is no need to be afraid of making mistake since mistake don't count in free writing. The main purpose of free writing is to ease our writing muscles and be familiar with the actual writing.
Making List: Another way to get started is to make a list of a different items that we could think of related to our topic. Once again we don't need to worry about the grammatical mistakes. Simply make a list of everything that we know or remember about our subject. We should aim to generate as many ideas and details as possible. These will help, as raw materials to write actual writes ups.
Making Diagram: Diagramming is also known as mapping. It is another free writing activity that can help us generate ideas and details about topic. In diagramming, we can use lines, circles boxes and arrows to show relationship between topic and the ideas. Diagramming is very useful to those people who like to think in visual way.
Actual Essay Writing: An essay is a paper of several paragraphs. The subjects is the most important. It should be treated fully. The main topic is also called thesis sentence. This sentence must be carefully developed in the introductory paragraph and fully developed in the supporting paragraph that follows.
Supporting points, An essay can have more than two or three supporting points. However each supporting point must deal with specific point based on evidence but must not deviate from the main thesis sentence.
Concluding Paragraph: It is a summary or conclusion. The concluding paragraph often summarizes the essay by briefly restating the main topic and the supporting points. The concluding paragraph brings the essay to a natural and graceful end, sometimes leaving the reader with final thought on the subject.