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The Writer’s Guide: 3 Writing Mistakes That Make You Sound Silly

As a writer, you’re probably familiar with the popular writer’s guide: “write to express, not impress,” and you understand that the nugget summarizes how to make sense to your readers by conveying your thoughts in simple, clear terms.

But in spite of this understanding, you still grapple with clarity in writing. What could be wrong, and how could you solve the problem?

Everything lies in the above theory, the writer’s guide. Let’s quickly look into three cardinal words of it to analyze the error and how to correct it —without breaking a sweat.

#1. Write

Writer’s Guide

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The question of why, what, and how is crucial to the overall framework of every writing. Meaning, an excellent writing is comprised of, at least, why (subject matter) what (message) and how (approach), whatever the genre.

So, always think of how you’re going to address the ‘why’, using the ‘what’ and ‘how’ tools in a logical manner. That being the cornerstone, the problem of silliness sets in fastly, the moment you miss this synthesis.

#2. Express

There is no denying that a lot of writers suck at expression, and a number of things are accountable for this. First, the writer is not familiar with the topic. Second, they are not familiar with the audience. Third, there is a disharmony between what and how … Before we come to discuss writers’ self-indulgence attitude, and how it destroys, the aforementioned needs to be addressed.

Writers need a token of knowledge (about a topic) to fulfill their goal. They need to learn more in order to write better. Further, the ability to go well with all levels of readers is a dazzling mastery of the art, especially when the tone connects deeply with the reader.

The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.

—Samuel Johnson

#3. Impress

Here comes the real problem—the lust for impress.

Nothing is as easy as following this writer’s guide. It’s clear and simple. But what happens when writers employ unnecessary sophisticated words, aiming to impress? They mar their work, and lose the audience.

As you may or may not know, a good writer doesn’t need complicated sentences to make a good impression on the reader. Not even big words. They only need thoughtfulness, coherence, and clarity to make real sense.

Complicated writings suck!

Instead of sayingit’s fun to write,” you should say “writing is fun.” With this example, just this, you can see how simple structuring contributes to the beauty of your work. The problem isn’t always the ‘big words’. Take note.

So, write in the simplest language possible. Your readers would love it. But if you like futile efforts, you can be complicated. You don’t want to try that!

Takeaway From The Writer’s Guide

The theory expounded in this post is one-size-fits-two. How? It explains the right approach to writing and, on the other hand, how the violation of that approach makes a despicable writing.

Start writing to express, not impress, if you wish to develop your innate talent, gets more writings done, expand your influence —and become a successful writer.

The philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once said, “Everything that can be thought at all can be thought clearly. Everything that can be said can be said clearly.” Use these tips to advance your writing and stand out, henceforth.

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