Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Kim Namhye/How to write right

Importance of Basic


Everybody can write things, whatever it is: it starts from writing daily events (memo, diary, small note, etc) to academic writings such as research paper. However, regardless of the type, it's hard to write a good writing, unless you're a writing genius or you have a good talent for it. I am also a normal person with no special talent in writing. How to write right? This is a simple but uneasy question to get answers. But, what I have learned from my experience in writing is this: it's important to follow basic factors of writing- set up a clear thesis, coherence, consider the reader, regardless of the type of writing.


Needless to say, thesis in writing is a basic principle to follow. Writing should be well organized under the thesis statement. We can't admit that unorganized writing is writing. It's not. Instead it's just a listing of lots of words, sentences, and ideas. It's no use using decent words, if they are located in unorganized sentence, paragraph, and the whole writing. Also, it is no use coming up with a wonderful idea, unless you write it in unorganized way. I had a similar experience like this. When I had a time to write something difficult or unfamiliar to me, I felt panic, and I easily found myself writing thoughtlessly. I didn't plan what to write and how to organize it. I didn't have complete outline, and just write things as the pen goes. Of course, the outcome was terrible. Even I myself can't get the point of my writing while reading, as it wasn't organized at all. It has no point in itself. It was just an arrangement of words. You have to write while keeping in mind yourself of what you're writing about. Just writing a thing without a point is not a complete writing. You must set up a clear point in your writing regardless of what type of writing it is.


Again, it isn't only applied to rhetorical writing. Even if you write a travel journal, diary, or even casual letter to someone, it's important to write it in organized way. Of course, rhetorical writing must be well organized, for the flow of logical ideas is the key to it. However, for other types of writing, organization is also important. Hereby, I'm not mentioning the logicality of writing. I'm saying the "coherence" of writing. You might know the word 'coherence'. It is an important characteristic of writing. Every writings should have the unity in itself. If not, it'll be a discursive one. Suppose you write a diary every day. You'll probably write about something special happened that day to you. Then, the point of the writing will be something related to that specific event of the day. So, the title would be related to the thing, and the whole flow of writing will be the descriptions, and feelings regarding it. But, if you write something that's unrelated to the point, your writing will look rambling, and disordered


Another important constituent to consider is the reader of your writing. The writer himself can easily understand whatever he writes, as he wrote it. Even if the grammar is wrong or there are some awkward expressions, he has no problem reading and understanding what he wrote. But, as for readers, who first encounter your writing, the situation is completely different. They just read, and understand the writing as it is, totally objectively. So, if there is any wrong, unclear point in your writing, he or she might find it hard to understand your writing. In addition to that, they might find themselves trouble paying attention to your writing, and being fascinated by your writing as well. For example, if you wrote an unorganized rhetoric essay, the reader might be not convinced by you. He or she will not agree to your argument. You'll fail to convince them. Also, suppose you wrote a letter to your friend, but you wrote down whatever comes to your mind and not even revise it, and just hand it out. Your friend might be confused of what message you are trying to send to him/her, and find it difficult reading yours. As you see, unorganized writing disturbs the reader. Therefore, it is vital to polish your writing in order for your reader to understand yours.


If you are to start writing, whatever it is, try to follow the fundamental factors of writing. Try to establish a clear point of writing, make a unity internally in your writing, and don't forget the reader. It's not that easy to write following the basics too. But, try to do it when you write. Someday, you will find yourself writing right.











1 comment:

  1. Hello, I'm Kim Minji. I enjoyed your writing. I also think that the importnace of basic is the answer to the writing skill. And it's apply to any filed. 'Don't forget the reader' part is also impressed me because I always write in my concept now considering readers. I suggest that the if the conclusion part is more longer then it will be the excellent essay :) It's too short than other parts so it seems loose the balance. Thank you!