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Friday, November 09, 2012

Professional Writing - Perfecting the Note


My interest now, one of the 10's actually, to write a good and nice article, interesting and easy to understand by the reader. Writing essays or articles is not easy. Many guides out there that teach how to be a writer can be references. But as the author of below article said "Writing is a lot of singing, every single note has to be pitch perfect".


Writing is a lot of singing... every single note has to be pitch perfect. Having been in the entertainment industry before, what you see on stage is merely the result of lots of hard work, training, frustration, anger, fear, anxiety, and also determination.

Hence, the same goes for professional writing. While in-born talent has a lot to do with how we write, it has a lot to do with our training as well. So, how do we, professional writers, perfect all the notes and turn them all into pitch perfect articles? Here are a few clues.

Reading - Ask any professional writer if they liked to read, chances are, their answer would be a resounding 'yes' that can be heard from the next Universe. The love for writing is often a direct result of their love for reading. When you stop reading, you begin to realize that you lose a little bit of the love for writing too. Continue to immerse yourself with the written word...often. Pick a book up, a magazine or even a leaflet to evaluate what you see on paper. It will really help you master the art of putting words together in a refreshing way.

Learning and re-learning from new writers - Despite lacking in experience, there is tons to learn from all those young writers out there. Because of their lack of experience, they are more adventurous, have newer ways to say things and wildly creative with words. So, spare them the rod and just listen to what they have to say and don't judge.

Be open to ideas - Once you've been writing for some time, you start developing habits and ideals. You believe in a system that works for you and you start making it a habit. And as we all know it, habits are hard to break. Break them. Break them and be open to new ideas, different concepts because that is the only way we can grow and become even better.

Practice - There is no need to delve too deeply into THIS point. Practice makes perfect so, keep going.

Accept criticism - By far, this is the hardest to achieve and for most of us, extremely painful to a point that we might suddenly think that this is too hard and we should just give up if people don't like the way we write. Accepting criticism, as I have come to see, is one of the best ways to perfect the skill of writing. Do not take it personally. I know it is hard but let's look at it this way, they are not criticizing us per se, as human beings, but the quality of our work. There is no absolute wrong and absolute right so, just think of it as listening to another person's opinion in an open way.

Marsha Maung is a Malaysian-based freelance writer with two kids. She spends her time ferrying her kids around, watering her plants, writing web content, SEO stuff, ghostwriting books and also indulges in the occasional Facebook-ing. Visit her blog for more dirty details on the life and times of a mother, writer, designer, housekeeper, coffee-maker, poop-wiper, chef... and just about everything else under the sun

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