Whether it is an academic, novel or newspaper writing, it is still one of the most powerful tools to stretch your imagination and express the emotions, beliefs, opinions using different words. These writing tips will help you to hone your skills and grab people’s attention from the first line. If you do not have time for this, I know one tip on how to write my essay.
Story Writing Tips
Tip number one for writing a good story is to start describing the situation which takes place in one sitting and one season. It will help you to focus and figure out the details. You have probably heard that there are no new stories, but a paraphrasing of the old ones. The details make difference. Let us dive into the details of story writing tips.
Verbs are the muscles of your story. You should always be on the hunt for unusual verbs. Let us take the word “run” as an example. There are so many ways to say it differently. She is speeding, jogging or sprinting back. It is not a tip, but a little inside secret. I think of each word as of a dollar I need to spend to print it and use this word only if it is worth it.
The next tip is to actually show the picture to the reader, do not tell about it. Your picture needs to have a smell, taste, sound. Do not tell me the main character lives in the forest. Show me where exactly he lives. Is it a secluded beach? Is it a modern city with crowded and narrow streets? Show me.
Tip number four, five, six and seven. Do not be so obvious. Let your characters swim across the sea, hiking, surfing the Internet, watching Netflix, but not reading and drinking coffee. To be honest, if you would ask me to review novel writing tips, they will be the same.
Speech Writing Tips
When it comes to speech writing tips, there is no reader anymore, there is an audience. Your goal is to make a great impression. How can you do it?
Jot down the Structure. People lose interest, they stop listening to you when you have nothing to say but random thoughts and quotes. You need to show to the audiences the path and the destination. Firstly, jot down the key points, add some examples or personal advice, build up your speech.
The second tip for speech writing is to have one or two unique sentences to stand out. I do not mean a quote by a famous author, I mean your personal quote. For example, when I was preparing for a keynote speech about stressful situations in our life I came up with a phrase “When we do not know how to act, we act like idiots”.
It is crucial to make a good first impression. Did you know that you have only 60 seconds to impress a person? Inevitably, your audience is going to judge you based on your opening. So, forget about platitudes like good morning or what an honor to be here, forget about jokes. So, how can you open? You can start with the simple word “imagine”. Show your audience a place, a person or a setting with words. Believe me, it works. In such a simple way you are gathering the audience. Moreover, does not it sound great? “Imagine the world without people”, “Imagine the whole planet is yours. What are you going to do first?”, “Imagine there is no pain at all”. It is not necessary to start with Stephen King's quote to make a good first impression. All you need to do is to get creative. But there is an important rule, your first sentence should relate to the topic. For example, if you are going to talk about the school uniform, you can start off by saying “Imagine that 7 billion of people had to wear the same outfit”.
Do not dwell on your introduction from the first place. It is better to make an outline, to think of your structure and then, when you will have the general idea of your speech, you can proceed an introduction. Yes, it is kind of a weird tip, but I recommend you to write the first sentence of your essay, speech or research paper at the end. It is easier to come up with a brilliant idea when you have something to say.
Academic Writing Tips
What is good academic writing? First and foremost, it must be easy to follow. No beautiful words, no innovative details. But academic writing can be creative. Here are some tips to make sure.
We all know academic writing requires a formal style. So, tip number one – I suggest you think about it as not being informal. And it is not the same. Rather than bleeding over to make your paper sound more formal, try to just avoid informal style, such as slang words, abbreviations, etc. Do not approach academic paper as an exercise in using big words and complicated sentence structure. Use the best word, not the biggest one.
The rule “take the reader by the hand and guide him” works not only for story writing but for academic one too. You should write so that the reader can easily follow what you are trying to say.
The next tip is to accept that it does not really matter to the readers whether it is your opinion or somebody’s else. They want to know what the opinion is, not the fact of it being yours, Freud’s or Tolstoy’s. That is why you do not have to use first-person pronouns. When it comes to academic writing, linking words are crucial. Try not to start sentences with “and”, “but” or “so”. There are “however”, “despite of”, “although”, “consequently”, “hence”, “as a result”.
These academic writing tips can be called “IELTS writing tips”, “report writing tips” or “writing novel tips” because the basic is the same. So, write and stretch your imagination as the muscle.