I ask is that you leave it intact and notify me each timeyou use it. Please feel free to use this article in anyway you choose. I should just leave this tip at that, shouldn’t I? If not, why not? What If I Can’t Write? Here, your only limitation is in your imagination. What are you interested in? What are your experiences as a business owner? If you think about it, there’s a lot for you to write about. Here’s how it works. The key is to have a system that you use. Write at least one article each month. Include a resource box at the end of it. Submit it to at least 5 sites each day. Provide useful information. No sales letters or pitches. This info goes into your resource box. Make your resource box about 4 – 6 lines long. Format it to be 65 characters long per line. Always obey submission guidelines to the letter. Follow the writing tips below. Write like you talk. If you can hold a conversation, you can write. Never submit your first draft. Spell check thoroughly. Check for grammar errors too. If you have then start writing today. DR Kem Thompson is a Business Writer and Business Coach.
So many awesome possibilities! Your writing got much more exciting in the second paragraph, because you introduced yourself as the main character? Why not lead with that? You need to hook me in right away! Don’t wait until paragraph number two! Below, I’m going to attempt a rewrite of your first paragraph. 1. Reduce the digits, leaving only the ones that are absolutely required, replacing others (when possible) with images. 2. Break up the wall of text. 3. Sensualize the sentences. 5. Add a character. I have twenty days to compete with 2,500 applicants for jobs, and only 200 companies are hiring! Intel will probably hire fifteen of us, but most companies will only take four or five. Even if I luck into a job, I’ll know chance helped me more than the sketches in my portfolio or all those nights when I propped my eyelids open, trading sleep for grades. Even on days I called “restful,” I fell into bed after sweating over four online tests; on the hard days, I’d only be halfway through exams at midnight, while stressing over my 6am interview the next day.
One night in December, after downing my third cup of coffee, I reached out to my friend Anna for sympathy, bombarding her inbox with messages about quizzes, teachers, cramming, and rejections. Yes, I took some license with your prose. I’m not suggesting you should write exactly that, especially since I don’t know the the specific details you have to work with. But you do need to hook me in with plot, character, and/or sensuality, and you need to avoid throwing obstacles in my path, such as walls of text and digits poking up everywhere. By the way, though my version is far from perfect, it took me about five drafts to work it to its current state. You are making multiple drafts of everything you write, aren’t you? Marcus, first of all, I cannot even begin to imagine how to thank you. There is a phrase in Bengali – “aapnake dhonyobaad diye choto korbo na.” (translation: I won’t belittle your contribution by expressing my gratitude with a cliche ‘thank you’). I am really touched to see that you went to so much trouble for a stranger like me.
You consulted thesaurus, wrote multiple drafts and more importantly, you endeavored to correct my mistakes sincerely. I certainly didn’t expect that much! After you pointed out and suggested alternatives, I have to admit that I now feel really stupid to have written a travesty of a story like that! About the numbers, it’s a leftover habit from the placement season – resumes should be brief and filled with numbers to create an impression at first glance in the mind of a potential recruiter. I guess I have to know when to apply what and be aware of it at the same time while writing. No, I do not keep multiple drafts of what I write. That’s partly because I mostly write lab reports, thesis and class-notes. Like I said, I have never done any creative writing simply for the sheer fun of it, so I have never needed to create alternate texts for expressing the same idea. I suppose I should from now on. I really liked what you said about verbs.
I have never done this consciously before -locating sources of imagery put into my mind while reading a story or novel. But I have to agree, mostly it’s not the backdrop or the narrative – the verbs themselves. I am again going to use a Bengali reference here. Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel laureate Bengali poet, dramatist, song-writer, story-writer and novelist; also had his way with words. He is mostly known for more than 5000 songs and poems he had written, but his short stories really strike a chord with me. Simple sentences, simple expressions, even simpler colloquial words – and before you know it, bam! One verb used in a twisted way, and it’s poignant. I hope I am not digressing too much; there was this story of a lady in colonial era Bengal in 18th century. She was dead for a while, but before cremation her heart found sinus rhythm and she came back to life.