Today, we are more and more tired of the information stream entering the brain. The more valuable are people who can explain in an accessible, original and vivid way. Talk in a way that the reader can’t get away from the text.
How to write good, interesting texts? We offer 19 tips for beginners and “continuing” editors, copywriters, bloggers – in general, for everyone who influences the course of events by the word.
Formulate a topic in two simple sentences. Why this restriction? Because it’s the natural length of a clear answer to the oral question “What did you want to talk about?”.
If you cannot formulate the topic in two sentences that attract the reader’s attention, something is wrong. Limiting it to two sentences will help you sharpen your mind, determine which lines and episodes are important and which are secondary. Repeat this technique for each chapter. It really helps to build a thought, plot and text structure on a stretch of any length.
While researching the topic, try to keep a fresh look at things. Yes, you’ve read a thousand books on the subject, you’re already a bit of an expert, but stay an alien, a child who is surprised at what adults have come to terms with, and feel free to ask questions.
How to write good texts: 19 well, very useful tips. Is gre hard?
There are details and there are details, but it’s not the same thing. Details are the signs of the hero, the episode, telling something important about the man, the landscape, the scene. And details are malicious, insignificant clarifications, without which one could do without.
An example: “In 2013, the daily milk yield of a cow stood at 20 litres and in 2014 rose to 40 litres”. Why this heap of numbers when you can just write “cows started to give twice as much milk”?
Try to have one, maximum two digits per paragraph. Unless, of course, you’re writing an article on accounting or math.
Try to have one paragraph with a maximum of two digits. Unless, of course, you are writing an article on accounting or mathematics.
Do not give up your trumps right away: it is better to keep the most striking episode, and start a little from afar, in the first sentences a little confused the reader, but interested (even in articles sometimes you can show the main character not immediately).
On the Internet, you can find, patiently Google, at least 20 ways to fight prokrastinatsii. But, as practice shows, only two are working properly.
Method A is to calculate in advance how many thousands of signs you need to write for today – and when prokrastinatsiya will confuse you, start writing as boring as you want, but according to a detailed plan. Through strength, persistence – and at the same time without literary processing, just write what you think about it.
This activity itself brings electrodes to the brain, and after a while it’s screaming.
Way B is to talk to yourself, speak aloud in a free-form speech to answer the question “what I want to say in this piece”. After talking, we usually find successful formulations or moves to start this or that piece, or even the whole text. If after a few minutes you realized that today it is easier for you to talk – turn on a pre-cooked voice recorder.
Again, the author at this point is like a schizophrenic, but this technique works.
Excess words are the most terrible enemies. Having written a phrase, look at it and throw away half of the words. It’s not working? Change the phrasing to make it work.
Do not use constructs of three verbs or adjectives in a row. Use most common words on gre.
Let’s not let a clerk like “carried out planned repairs.” It looks much better as “repaired”.
Every time you look at a complex description of a complex phenomenon, try to put it into a capacious phrase of four or five words.
Give yourself a number you can’t get married to.
Example: if “N. has pessimistic forecasts about the development of oil industry”, then we can formulate a shorter sentence: “N. does not believe in oil”.
One of the main misconceptions is that it is necessary to express oneself in literature, not to write dryly, to pour water, to expand the text due to the abundance of words, descriptions and complicated constructions.
The opposite is true.
If you have fully expressed an idea or situation and showed all its complexity in three paragraphs – excellent. Let it be so. If, for example, you were asked to write an article in a journal and its editor said “no less than 6000 characters”, and you have no more than 3000 – then unfold the thought, plot, look for shades of which it would be great to tell about, remember other situations and describe them. But in general, a smart editor will accept and 3000 – if the author on this short segment captured his attention.
The shorter the length, the better. Let’s imagine that there is a very long sentence in our text. Somewhere in the middle, the reader will be lost in it without following the logic. But once the long sentence is broken down into several short ones, the attention and positive perception will be activated again.
The different length of sentences makes the text dynamic, easy and fun to read, gradually mastering each line.
If you are writing an informative or commercial text, do not forget the law of high readability: the shorter the word, the higher the readability. In Russian, a word containing four syllables is considered long; in the professional environment there is even a special designation “word 4+”. And when it is necessary to reveal the readability of the text, the following gradation is used:
high readability – up to 10% of long words;
average readability – 10-30% of long words;
low readability – over 30%.
People always read carefully what is placed in lists. So if part of your narrative can be presented as a labeled or numbered list, do so and make sure that the result is visually appealing.
Connect your own experiences, both positive and negative. The best stories are your personal adventures (only you can tell the reader about them).
Use word visualizers: imagine, look, remember, etc.
Write with aphorisms.
Is gre hard, but possible: write in such a way that you can feel your smile.