Having the urge to write, but not knowing how to go about it? This write up is embedded with tips to help you express your ideas from thought/dream to reality. Although, it must be stated that there are no fixed writing techniques, the reason I am not tagging this as how to write. The reason is simple, how to write is just one of the essential criteria to be dealt with by YOU, the intending writer. No one can teach another how to write; if I teach you how to write, I would be teaching you how I write – nothing is more limiting as this, it kills the originality in the intending writer – you will end up being a second me, where as you could be the FIRST YOU!
So, what must you do to ‘translate’ your dream stories to published works? There are FOUR QUESTIONS a good writer must deal with BEFORE they go into putting pen to paper. They are:
- WHAT? (Ideation)
- WHO? (Audience)
- HOW? (Choicest Genre and Language)
- WHY? (Evaluation)
WHAT AM I WRITING?
This is the level of ideation – putting the scattered story together in the mind of the intended writer. The fact is, every published work was first an idea in the ‘head’ of the writer. This is the essential fundamental condition for writing – any writing at all. If what you have in your head is not coherent to you, then keep ruminating it until it becomes fleshed. After the idea is put together into wholeness, then the next question is due; the “WHO?”.
WHO AM I ADDRESSING?
This is the stage when the intending writer brings to mind a consideration of their intending audience. The intending writer must not fail to answer this question duly. This question seems to control every other criteria for a good writing. You have to ask yourself “Who am I writing the piece for? Who are my intended audience?” – it could be the Beginners Level (Nursery Age, below age 6), the Intermediate Level (Ages 6-10), the Junior Level (Ages 11-15), the Upper Level (Ages 16-20) or the Tertiary Level (Age 21 above). Away from the age thing, it is important to put to mind the level of the intended audience with respect to Education, Environment, Culture, Status, etc. You see it is not easy to determine the audience? So, take your time to determine your audience. Once that is settled, you are ‘done’ – the quality of your evaluation of audience determines the quality of your wring; the next tip tells more.
HOW SHOULD I WRITE?
You have got a good story, you have determined your audience, that is not just enough. It is simple, HOW here, means “what genre (style of writing) would best convey your story to your afore-determined audience?” Not all styles are good enough for all stories. You could choose to write a Play – comedy, tragedy, farce, pantomime, satire, etc. –, a Prose, a Short Story, a Poem, an Article, etc. Some stories are BEST expressed as poems. Then, if poetry is the most suitable genre to convey your story, you need to bring it down to the level of your audience. You cannot write the same way for all the above listed levels of audience (you know?). The beginners for instance, would demand more of pictured write-ups. Moreover, if it were a poem, it has to be quite lyrical and very simplified. I believe you now see how the Audience factor controls other factors.
Away from the genre, we speak of language texture. It is a major part of style. Now, let us get it straight, should you be writing the same story for all the levels of audience, would you write using the same complexity of language? (Good! I fore-hear a “No”) Beloved reader, the so intended writer, please, MIND YOUR LANGUAGE. Many wonderful stories have been marred by sour inappropriate language use of some writers. Let your language suit your audience without strain. With this, you are on your way to winning awards through writing! But, one more tip – the “WHY?”.
NB: if per chance you realize the best genre/style for your story is one you do not have a good knowledge about, please, it behooves you to STUDY on that genre – DO NOT meddle with a genre you do not know about.
WHY SHOULD I WRITE THIS WAY?
This is the level of personal evaluation. Here, you are intended to see how efficiently you have addressed the above questions. If you are able to deal with these questions, then, you will yourself have this feel of satisfaction even before you start putting pen to paper. However, if otherwise, then, my dear, do not be in a haste, deal with them over again. This is because, these are the same questions people will raise about your writing if it is not well written – What does he thinks he has written? (failed ideation) Who does he think he is writing for? (failed audience analysis) Is this how to write? (failed style of writing).
Yes people, we are almost there; let me see your published works fleeting the stores and occupying laps and shelves! Enough of dreaming to be a writer. Good looking out to you, but then, do not forget me #winks.
You want to know more about writing, further than this? Feel free; let me read your mails via firstname.lastname@example.org