Relevance of good writing skills for Students – Part 1 of 2

“Some of us are born sensitive. And if, on top of that, we are pulled about in different directions (both emotionally and physically), we might just end up becoming writers. No, we do not become writers in schools of creative writing. We become writers before we learn to write. The rest is simply learning how to put it all together”

These are some inspiring lines about writing from Ruskin Bond, the Indian author of British descent and one of the most favorite authors of many a school kidTo a lay person, these motivational words, sound like oversimplification of the art of writing.

On the other hand, we are all familiar with the old adage “Pen is mightier than the sword”. These words were written by novelist Edward Bulwer in 1839 in his historical play Cardinal Richelieu.  They simply imply the power that good writing has in evoking emotions and creating the intended impact.

While writing is not as arduous as it seems, it is also not complete as long as it does not convey the intended message effectively.  How relevant and important is it to be equipped with good writing skills, in this era of Electronic media? Regardless of our likes and dislikes, social media is indeed taking charge of our lives and the long conversations on the phone and personal interactions are becoming a passé.  Is it not worthwhile then, to draw the attention of students towards the need to develop good writing skills from an early age?  Writing skills are an important life skill that can make a difference in their careers significantly.  Inculcating good writing skills impacts careers across phases, as Students enter Internship jobs, or prepare CVs  for campus placements and goes well beyond  as  they chase and perform regular jobs.

In Part 1, let us look at few tips that can all add up to make a good writing.

  • First of all art of writing is an art that  needs to be developed and honed over a period of time through constant writing efforts at every opportunity.
  • It is believed that good writing is one when the readers can visualize the context, experience the content and can evoke a sensation in the reader’s mind. That means they are able to relate well to the writing.
  • Good reading habits can help to improve effective writing skills. This is because an avid reader actually understands how to reach out to the audience effectively.  Besides, good reading habits enhances our vocabulary and helps us to choose the right words easily.
  • Writing comes naturally when we have something to say and feel strongly about the topic. Only then we not just enjoy what we write but the content also flows out naturally.
  • Best writings most times are the ones where thoughts are conveyed in a language that is lucid, precise and short. Complex jargons tend to stress people out and drive them away from reading due to uneasy comprehension.
  • Before we write, it is extremely important to have clarity of thought in our own minds on what is intended to be conveyed and to who our target audience is. Thoughts should sync well with the storyline, and this is true not just of creative writing but also professional writing.
  • Opening paragraph should articulate well on the topic, to grab the attention of the reader and stay engaged. As the content progresses, the writing should create suspense on what follows and induce a desire to continue reading. Finally, the concluding paragraph should connect as a full circle to the opening paragraph in order to leave a lasting impression on the single most important intended message. Thus the experience journey through the read is very crucial.
  • Last but not the least, an often ignored attention to details while writing, is the punctuations, diction and grammar. They are equally important requirements to qualify as a good writer.

Those were some of the universal points that can probably help in crafting a writing that is logically termed as well written. However, what makes a writing stand out is a unique style or an element of humour or a knack of storytelling that can add a touch of personality to the writing. In Part 2, we will look at how a command over writing is a priceless gift that students can give to themselves. That will equip them with the much needed edge to be successful along the professional journey, no matter what field they choose.

Written by Asha Sampath


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