How to Prepare to Write

Writing well is an art. Like anything done well, it requires discipline and practice to progress to a unique style. These aspects may be applied to a poem, song, diary, blog, interview, letter, article, essay, report, speech, play, book or any other written work:


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    Surround yourself with great literature from a variety of sources including the radio, television, writing groups and the internet. Observation and experience are of equal value.
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    Concentrate on one type of source at a time to become familiar with each setting. Read the newspaper for a few months then listen to newscasts for the next few months.
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    Become faithful to your pursuit. Record and categorize the lessons you are learning. Review them periodically to engrain them in your work.
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    Develop a system for quick access to your information. Utilize an outline or index cards. Record basic concepts or thoughts in short phrases. Retain information to give credit to sources of reference.
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    Use multiple sources to learn proper grammar. Spelling and punctuation are as important as sentence structure. Expand your vocabulary.
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    Experiment with several different aspects before concluding with a major theme. When approached with a subject, research it thoroughly to gain the perspective you desire.
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    Be comfortable with your chosen theme, but be sure to gather enough material to enrich your work.
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    Rearrange your information to create the basics of your piece. Experiment with the placement of different sets of information, organizing them into a cohesive flow.
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    Experiment with several different scenarios focusing on the general structure of the piece. Introduce your theme, present your body of work and conclude with a summary. Change the sequence to introduce your summary at the beginning.
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    Decide how the introduction is related to the summary. It may not be related to leave a sense of mystery. It may be an obvious or unpredictable conclusion to the presentation's progression.
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    Decide upon the series of events throughout the presentation. It may be a smooth transition from one event to the other. It may be presented with unexpected circumstance.
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    Experiment with the interactions of several characters or objects.
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    Dedicate yourself to small sections at a time.
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    Expand with detail. Delve into the five senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch to elicit emotion and thought. Delve into color, texture, size and atmosphere to elicit presence from the reader. Use adjectives and metaphors. Details can drive the course of a story when describing a setting, advancing a plot, building suspense or developing an important character.
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    Preview your work periodically to make corrections and to elicit new thoughts and terminology. Remove the extraneous that is not relevant to the presentation. Revise your work with a colored pen to retain any original thoughts. A constructive second opinion can be helpful.
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    Continue in practice on a regular basis. Decide what portion of your schedule can be devoted to a session of writing.


  • Keep a small notebook close at hand for sudden inspirations.
  • Practice writing in different fields of literature to gain enrichment and perfection in your skill.
  • Use gesture in place of speech.
  • Leaving a presentation in suspense or with unanswered questions, will attract future readers to another sequel.
  • Review brainstorm tips when having a writer's block.
  • Relax and take time away from your work.
  • Perfect the art of conversation. Embellish upon different emotions using formal and informal speech.
  • Write to appeal to purpose. Poetry may be more sensual. A status report dictates structure and composure.
  • Retain outlines in a file for further reference. Store index cards in a shoe box, allowing for additional research to be added in the future.
  • Record an interview, having researched your questions.
  • Research the progression of a rough draft to a finished piece, such as here on wikiHow.
  • Consider the audience you wish to captivate and inspire. Create atmosphere with charm or wit.
  • Use different sentence structure. A short sentence followed by a detailed sentence of explanation can compel a reader's interest.
  • Learn shorthand to record more quickly.
  • Prepare an area just for writing, such as the peace and quiet of your bedroom. Gather your writing equipment and travel to a park. Choose the noise of a coffee shop.
  • Decide upon the time of day that is the most productive.

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