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Tips on Writing, Post 1

Helpful tips to answer the question: “What do I keep in mind while preparing a written work?”

This paradigm below can be helpful to get your point across tastefully and succinctly. Literary tools and tricks can be extremely useful for just about anyone in any area of life- school teachers, activists, social educators, writers, public speakers, students, researchers, scientists, marketers, and even business professionals and executives.

Disclaimer! The model below is meant to be loosely interpreted depending on your personal style and the genre of your WW (written work).

DEFINE:
1. What is the purpose of this WW?
2. What information or personal knowledge do I have that can make my WW more powerful?

DETERMINE:
1. What other works are similar and how can I hit the mark or improve off of them?
2. Do I know this topic enough to write coherently about it? If not, can I write about something else? If yes, great! Go find something interesting to write about! If not, learn about the topic. Immersion is a good way to go. If you’re writing about sky-diving, you’re probably going to have to experience it before you can write accurately about it.
3. What approach am I taking with this WW? Am I using persuasion, logic, heart, or humor? A mixture? Am I writing in 1st person, 2nd person, or 3rd person, or do I want to switch around?
4. What specific population is targeted with this WW?
5. How long will the WW be?

DEVELOP:
1. How do these topics interplay?
2. How does the material connect?
3. What questions need to be answered by the WW?

DONE:
1. Review for grammatical mistakes and continuity errors.
2. Market, distribute, publish, or turn it in to your professor or boss.

DISPERSE:
1. Who liked it and wanted more?
2. Was it easy enough to understand yet intriguing enough to keep their interest?
3. What were the sales or feedback?
3. How can I capitalize on the information collected on this for the next WW?

Good luck you guys!  Have a great week!

abigail schwaig

PS.  Don’t forget to imaginate :)

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