3 Qualities of Good Writing
Everyone is capable of writing, everyone will write something, but everyone’s writing will be critique and categorize as good or bad writing. The most wonderful and energetic writing in its pure form must be refined by the qualities which governs written English language.
Terry Pratchett stated “Let grammar, punctuation, and spelling into your life, even the most energetic and wonderful mess has to be turned into sentences.”
So what is good writing? Good writing is a product of the qualities which governs written English language. There are myriad of qualities which good writing shares and the following below illustrates Three (3) Qualities of good writing:
3. Research- The sole purpose of applying research in your writing is discovering, interpreting and to allow the content of your writing to advance human knowledge. As a writer your content will be highly critique based on how much research is invested in your writing. Research speaks volume of your work and as a writer you will be judged based on the volume which your writing speaks. Proper research will ensure that the content of your writing is in context, it will reward your writing with credibility and make it highly recommendable for your audience.
Ensure that you research around your writing and not write around your research.
2.Creativity - “You can have the greatest idea in the world, but if you can’t communicate your ideas, it doesn’t matter” whispered Steve Jobs. Creativity is paramount in written language. It involves personifying extracted notions from your mind into written communication. Applying creativity to your writing can be difficult and challenging, but instead of just presenting the facts, the writer gets articulate his/her content in a way which will bring appeal, interest, uniqueness and attraction to his/her writing.
1.Conventions - Conventions are rules of written language which serves as a courtesy to readers by enhancing the credibility, readability and understanding of your writing, since misspelled words and grammatical errors creates a barrier between your audience and your message. Applying proper conventions to your writing such as spelling, punctuation, capitalization, paragraphs and grammar are like adding the finishing touch of perfection to your writing.
One additional quality, not part of this list is proofreading. Proofreading is the final and crucial step that must be taken before you consider your document complete. Proofreading your work allow you to evaluate the formatting of your document, making sure it is readable and that you were consistent with your indents, line spacing, and margins. Consider printing a hard copy of your document rather than just proofreading from the screen. Proofreading builds a corrective relationship between the writer and what’s written. Ensure that relationship is maintained. Read your document three times for grammar, once for word definitions, comprehension, and flow. Proofreading your document out loud can help you to identify errors and evaluate the tone of your document.
Follow the above guidelines, but always strive above to make your writing exceptionally original, creative, credible and correct.
Written By: Georgandez Morrison