Monday, September 24, 2012

How effective your writing is: The importance of a flawless grammar in prose writing

If you think that grammatical errors are just a minor thing in writing, you’re absolutely wrong. Except for poetry writing where what's needed is not a grammarian but an interpreter to a poet's discourse, prose writing requires a consistently flawless grammar to make your writing becomes effective. A flawless grammar, however, is just one of the elements to writing effectively but to fail to comply with would ruin what you're writing about for a particular topic. A good writer should always be aware of his grammar, correct usage of words, and writing style (whether it's formal or conversational, etcetera) in order for the readers to easily absorb what you would like to convey about.

I'm not saying I can only be writing a perfect prose but to try to avoid grammatical errors as much as possible each time I write. I always felt sorry for writers who never seem to care about correct grammars and even typographical errors in their writings but also felt relieved, though, because I wouldn't care to continue reading anymore upon discovering a flaw or two.  Writing is a way to communicate our thoughts to others; we should, therefore, write responsibly and effectively. I would like to share to you some tips on how to write effectively and the importance of a flawless grammar that prose writing should require:

1. Mastery of language. The best way to write effectively for a particular topic is through mastery of language. If you’re not comfortable with the language you are using to express your thoughts, ideas, and emotions through the written words, then you would find it hard to write with ease and grace to make your points.

2. As you write, you need to ask yourself these questions:  “What this is all about and for?”  “What I would like my readers to expect and do?” “Am I making sense at all to them?”

3. A flawless grammar. Imagine reading an article filled with grammatical errors, it will kill the excitement that every reader should have felt reading an interesting topic.

4. Avoid saying too much about yourself except when needed. While it is good to include your personal experiences to make your writings have that personal touch to it, saying too much about your own self is a big no-no. Some people will find it boring to read someone else’s life stories when all they need  to know is for you say something about their problems and how can you find solutions for them, an entertaining read, or something which they can relate a lot with at. When you try to say something about you, make sure you’re talking about them or a particular topic more than you’re talking about yourself except when you’re writing an autobiography.

5. Be simplistic and clear. This is where most writers failed to effectively connect to the readers about what it is they’re trying to say. Unless you’re 100% sure it is the most appropriate word to use in a sentence and know your audience, using hard-to-understand words are a turn off to readers. Some audiences, though, are well tolerable with hard-to-understand words but the majority of people prefer to read easy-to-understand writings.

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