Tuesday, July 6, 2010

HOW to write an excellent paper/post/material

So taking into consideration a freinds lack of muse, i thought it would be fun to tell everyone how i go about writing things (since my comment was almost the size of a post..my apologies for that :P)

So anyway, the biggest question is "HOW do you know what to write about?"

 This is what i get asked the most. Well it's quite simple really. When i was younger, i had this mad infatuation with writing stories and i have almost like 10 diaries FILLED to the last page with just random thought and stories written everwhere.  So sometimes when i write here, i usually go through my diaries(well recently i havne't taken them out in like 2 months now) and just read the random stuff i had written. sometimes my words light my light bulb and i remember WHAT inspired me to write that and it brings back my muse for the week.

"But bloody hell, i want to write now!, i dont have time to make diaries"

well it's simple..start making one now..and if you NOT into the whole making diaries idea and it DOESN'T really click with you then theres always solution #2. Sit with you computer/laptop/notebook whatever and just do what i have been doing for the past 2 months. just write ANYTHING that comes to your head. like for example,  was talking to a friend and she told me how much we middle easterner's hate ex predient Bush BUT in reality President Obama has done more damage to the economy of the U.S.A. Now there you have it. you just elaborate that and you have a whole post on YOUR political take on the whole thing. Okay say politics dsn't appeal to you, so next example would be that i was cleaning the house today and i realised how absolutely LAZY the human being in general is and that we'd do ANYTHING for our work to be done by anyone else which btw would be me. So there you go, you elaborate that and tell people how HORRID your day was becuase you had to clean up after everyone else. Say your NOT the working type...maybe u went out today, so you just tell the folks about what it is you saw or something insanely stupid that kept you laughing all day.

"Oooh, that makes sense, but how do i know how to begin?"

This by far has to be the easiest part of writing anything. May it be a post, writing for school or probaly an exam paper. I had a teacher in school who tought me this trick. So you take a peice of paper and you write down EVERYTHING that comes in you head about the topic you have chosen. It doesn't have to be in order. Some facts come to your head later and you just keep writing them down. We call them "bits of information"..or well my teacher used to call them that. Now after that..i just improvised her idea and incorporated it into mine.So after i have my little ideas, in an orderless pattern, i go ahead and read them, and i SWEAR you will know WHAT it is that you want to your readers to read. It usually helps if you have a good title, something that will IMMEDIATELY catch your readers attention. For school papers, it helps ALOT if you begin by a quote, preferably from your material OR by someone famous. That way your examiner gets to know you are well versed with your material and/or that you know how to catch their attention AND that you have good general knowldge.

"yea..that makes sense, but how do i know in what way to proceed..i mean how do i know if i'm going write or wrong?"

well usually it's upto you. If you are writing a post then its ENTIERLY up to you becuase you have what is called "Author's liberty" also sometimes known as a "Writer's liberty". When you have this liberty, it means you can do WHATEVER you want with the english language. you can make up your own words, your own spellings (preferably not suggested by me) you can do ANYTHING. Now for school student..y'all don't have that liberty. When you write a school paper you HAVE stick by ALL english laws, all correct spellings, grammer and quotations..you cannot make your own stuff up, becuase examiners are usually full of shit and they think the student has some idea that he/she is GREATER in knowldge than the examiner. Yes, i  know it sounds unebeivable but it happens..sometimes examiner's think they are god's and they KNOW that the student's future is in their hands so another tip would be to understand the mind of the examiner before writing a paper..it helps alot and your not putting yourself in any danger.

"oh wow..hmm..yes, that might help..but how do i know my english is correct?..cuase i dont want to look like a doofus with bad english"

well that's a tricky question. See usually your supposed to write based on your general knowledge in english... i think the best book fro grammer that i ever came across was "Enjoying english" and/or "English Grammer and Composition" by Wren and Martin...the latter has excellent exercises and example that show you how you can make use of you english. Another tip would be improving you vocabulary. In the english language, the best way to make an impression would be to incorporate subtle use of good vocabulary in what you write. If it's for a paper, agen it shows the examiner that you have a good command over the english language and if it's for a post then it just gives a good impression. Also try reading your sentences over an over again. I recommend reading twice, your faults usually just pop out at you.

"How do i improve my english?"

The best way i can recommend is by reading books. My english majorly improved by spending most of my time reading novels like a mad person. If you notice on the far right corner of my blog(below) there is a mini library of the books that i actually own..and i havnt updated in a very long time. So yes i read alot. I probaly have more than like 200 books that i own myself, rest i like to borrow. If you don't want to buy books becuase you feel like you could spend you money elsewhere, you could always join a public library. There are loads anywhere around the world. I hope this information helped and if there is any other question then just go ahead and ask me in the comment box... i will definatly answer xD  

"hehe, thank you"