The vast majority of people have absolute difficulty in putting their ideas into wow writing. We have this absurd conception that our thoughts are understandable when they are thrown around in the rough, and sometimes we even get angry when people don't understand something that makes perfect sense in our brain.
In my work, I have to review many people's texts every day. Although I always try to offer feedback to the people I study, sometimes it gets tiresome to repeat over and over again some advice that can ultimately make a difference when it comes to writing.
Although this text intends to help all those who write, or who at some point plan to write articles, many of the tips shared here are not limited to writers or columnists in different media, on the contrary, they are suggestions that can help you improve all kinds of work, from academic essays to opinion pieces.
For many, these tips may be absurdly obvious, and perhaps they are. However, we often forget to apply them within our writing process, and I think it never hurts to keep them always present.
• Set a clear goal
Perhaps it's the biggest problem you face when writing a paper. You have a great idea that you want to tell the world about, but that doesn't mean you have a clear and specific reason for saying it. You never ask yourself what your target audience is or what your writing's added value is, much less what you want to achieve with it.
Asking yourself all those questions is a must when you start writing. You will most likely have a much clearer idea of the path your article should take.
• Give your idea structure.
You want to talk about how beautiful black cats are, but at the same time, you want to address the worship of Sekhmet in Ancient Egypt, Morris Cat, Whiskas croquettes, and Felix the Cat. You have so many ideas, and they all seem so good, that you want to squeeze everything you know into an 800-word article. It's simply impossible, and you'll most likely end up with a headless Frankenstein.
When setting a clear goal, as I mentioned in the previous point, you must also worry about establishing a structure that will help you make sense of it. Rescue the essential points from all the information in your head about the topic you want to address and focus on them. Anything that doesn't serve your definite purpose throws it out. There will be time for other articles.
• Take care of your grammar and spelling.
This point is pretty obvious. Writing is a complex process, as I said before, and the idea is that over time you will improve your skills to express ideas clearly. Knowing where to put a period or a comma can make the difference between being understood and not understood. Reading a lot and variety helps improve your writing while increasing your lexicon and knowledge on various topics.
• Support your ideas
You're a salsa expert, you've spent your whole life going through the best tacos in the country, and no chile scares you (no album, of course). The next thing you need to do is to substantiate your ideas through the best possible sources.
Usually, you will become very knowledgeable about a subject through your training or perhaps in a practical way. However, all material has much more value if it contains sources that reinforce what you say. It is essential when you are dealing with crucial issues that may be somewhat controversial. If you claim that "chile habanero is good for curing blindness," you must necessarily rely on documents or studies that support it.
• Read your article again and again before publishing it.
It can be tedious, but with practice, you will need to read your material less often. If you get into the habit of reviewing your articles, you will have the opportunity to correct them before publication. You will also be able to add or remove things, making your work more polished.
Reading it out loud is also highly recommended. It will help you detect writing errors more easily.
• Be open to criticism.
Sometimes you will have the help of an editor or someone else who can read your articles before publication. Although you should try to ensure that your work is impeccable, your text likely has errors that you didn't notice at first. Don't worry: it's normal. In the end, nobody is perfect. Always be open to people's comments and criticism; some will be positive and others less so.
Remember that editors and proofreaders are there to help you. It would be easier for them to leave the text intact and leave everything to chance. Don't get insufferable with them.
• Write with enthusiasm
If you've lost the urge to write or if you suddenly feel blocked, stop. Take your time to develop valuable material. Unless you're writing in a newspaper, it's not worth rushing into mediocre content. Wait until you're in a better mood and move on. There's no rush.
If you give yourself some time to rest, you can get back on track another time, and the results you get will undoubtedly be superior.
Although there are many other useful tips for this subject, at least for me, they can be most helpful. I hope you will take advantage of them and collaborate with better materials in each of the spaces where you develop.