When it comes to writing, there are a million details. Going from letters to words to sentences to paragraphs, utilizing punctuation, setting words in an order that makes sense, choosing nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, pronouns, prepositions, interjections, conjunctions…
It’s complicated. But it’s not impossible. Anyone can write, and anyone can write well. It all starts with a few simple basics.
In an attempt to bring more people into the world of writing, I’ve come up with a list of the Bare Necessities of writing. This is my own list, so you may not agree with everything on it. However, this is where I believe all writing starts.
- Understand the comma, apostrophe, and period. Semicolons, colons, hyphens, dashes, ellipses, parentheses, brackets, slashes, even question marks and exclamation points, are all complicated and follow some crazy rules. They’re also not necessary to writing. As long as you understand how to use a comma, apostrophe, and period, you’re set.
- Utilize the words you know. You don’t have to get complicated in word choice. Actually, I suggest you stay away from the incredibly complicated words. All they do is confuse readers, and no one likes to be confused. Sticking to simple words is perfectly fine. However, you shouldn’t be afraid to use big words if you understand their meaning, if they work in your sentence, and if they fit into what you’re trying to convey.
- Don’t forget to separate paragraphs! When a reader sees a long, endless block of writing, they don’t even spare it a second glance. Paragraphs were created for a reason. If your whatever you’re writing begins to look a little long, just separate it into two paragraphs. There’s sure to a spot where it makes sense to start a new paragraph. If there isn’t, add a sentence to create a place.
- Make sure your sentence is a sentence. At the most basic level, a sentence includes a subject, a verb, and (usually) an object. Experienced writers know how to play with sentence structure and are, at times, allowed to avoid the rules of sentence structure. Unexperienced writers should be wary of doing such. Even when playing with sentence structure, it has to br a real sentence.
- Use adjectives to add texture. Writing would be boring and pointless without adjectives. Though you should be wary not to overuse adjectives, don’t avoid them entirely. They’ll improve your writing tremendously.
- Don’t be afraid to write. If you think something doesn’t sound right, don’t give up. Play with it until it sounds the way you want it. Your writing is only bad if you believe it’s bad. Readers can feel your emotions through your writing. If you don’t belive in yourself, neither will they. If you do believe in yourself, you can do anything.
This may all seem simple and a little too basic, but I swear, this is where all good writing begins. Before you can go anywhere, you must understand these basics. Once you understand these basics, a whole world of writing will be opened up to you.
Good luck! I truly do wish the best for you.