What are the essentials of good writing?
Writing good texts is always a challenge because it demands at least four rare and very valuable elements: concentration, worldview, creativity and intelligence.
People who are always featured are creative by nature. It does not matter if they’re sending a message to a WhatsApp group, talking to their family members or giving their opinion at a work meeting, they always do each of these things with a touch of originality and sometimes also unpredictability.
There is a “virtual” space between what we think and what we write. This space is like a factory where it is possible to produce a universe of literary nature infinitely greater – or less – than the one in which we live.
This is where the raw materials of concentration, world vision, creativity and intelligence come together, as well as other elements that link the texts. And that is where the common texts, the unpredictable, the less read and the most famous texts come from.
Imagination and reality, though antagonistic, can form formidable structures. Like body and mind, one can sustain the other perfectly if everything is counted intelligently and in detail. This, perhaps, is a good motto for those who want to start composing novels, stories, fiction. One can not let the reader guess what we can not describe, or rather write.
The creation of the character
Giving voice to characters is also a great challenge. Requires research. We can create characters at will, but they are not our representatives. That is, in some moments they are like the pieces of a game of chess, with personality and intrinsic attributions; in others they may even be bipolar, but we can never break the rules without consistency or justifiable end.
The breach of rule in character creation is only acceptable if it has the support of a good plot – as in those police films in which, in the end, it is discovered that the murderer was the only one who was beyond suspicion.
When well produced, writing is a vehicle capable of making people travel on palpable and imaginary lands. Using creativity well we can produce imaginary scenarios and, with the magic of intelligence, transport people along impressive journeys, perhaps with deep and transformative experiences, on the wings of reading.
But the writer, as the generator of literary universes, must plan every element of his world well-as well as the good architect plans every house and every building in the physical world.
Each punctuation mark, every word and every expression is brick, walls and other structures that will make up spaces, houses, trees, people, animals, clouds and everything that must exist in a world of literary nature.
We love to see a beautiful garden, of which even the sizes and colors of the flowers are well distributed, forming a cozy, fragrant, and even charming for the most romantic. In real life it is very difficult to compose such a garden, since it is necessary to work hard with the earth, deal with heavy tools and apply the techniques of gardening.
Already writing, if in the imagination we are able to see a beautiful garden, in concentrated daydream we can transport it to the literary world as if in magic!
Thanks to the imagination, with research and some knowledge we become excellent gardeners, architects, scientists, superheroes, angels, gods or whatever else we want.
Just as we feel cozy, even enchanted, in certain environments, the reader needs to feel stable as he or she follows the world we create. Otherwise, something can make you feel disinterested and finally determined to leave the trip.
In order for the reader to safely continue traveling in the vehicle of writing, some techniques are imperative. It is not in all text that the imagination will be benquista. There are situations that will require research; others may require experience; and others can even use the balanced mixture of these things. Here, intelligence is the mother.
The choice of language type is of fundamental importance. This is what we call gender. It is how we communicate with the reader.
If we are writing fiction, we need to create a refined blend of reality with imagination. A fine line must harmoniously sew the unreal in the real. Only then will the reader allow himself to be led. Identified to such an extent with the text, while reading ends up disconnecting from reality itself and penetrating our literary world.
But if we are writing a monograph, the context changes completely. Any kind of imagination is inconsistent. Language should be formal and any statement should be based on established authors or field research.
Whether you’re writing an email to a friend or sending a message on WhatsApp, any kind of formality may sound strange to you. Thus, the distinction of gender in text composition is an element of great importance.
And what genre should we use when writing blog texts? Formal? Informal? It depends. This text for example – that is in our blog – has mixed language. We think this type of language might be the most interesting to get the attention of anyone who is interested in writing. Were we successful in choosing the genre?
Anyway, these were the essential elements of good writing that we have separated for this article. We hope you have enjoyed our tips and can take advantage of them.
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