I’ll start off by saying I am no pro at writing. I’ve never taken any writing classes (though I want to in the future). I don’t teach people how to write. I don’t even know if I am considered a “good” writer.
I Know What I Like To Read
However, I am a reader. I read a lot. I try to read as many articles as I can each day. I know the people I like to read. I know their work is stellar and I know I can count on them to produce interesting work.
I don’t read books as much as I used to because my kids tend to interrupt me every 10 seconds when I am trying to read. It used to be that I could finish 3 books in a weekend. I love reading that much.
Because I like to read, I have picked up a lot of writing styles that fit my interests as a reader. I like things to flow and make a point. It’s what keeps me going back to writers that I like.
There Should Be Basic Structure
Though I have never had any formal training in writing, I did have many good teachers throughout the years. Ones that taught me proper formatting and style.
I can’t remember her name but my 8th grade teacher set out to teach us how to write a proper essay. That knowledge carried me through to high school and college. I’ve always made good grades on papers I have written.
I like structure in my writing. I don’t like it when things jump around too much. I try to keep things organized and to the point. If I start steering off course, I go back to reorganize it.
This is where I see a lot of writers mess up. Again, I am no expert but, shouldn’t your piece of writing have a point? Think to yourself, why are you writing what you are writing? What do you want the reader to take away from it?
What Is Your Point?
Now I know every piece of writing doesn’t have to follow some sort of script. But shouldn’t it have a point? I mean, I remember learning about the importance of a conclusion back in school. Are we supposed to still be doing this?
There are times that I write things that are more like a journal entry. Sometimes they don’t really have a point to them other than I just feel like getting my thoughts out. I still try to have a conclusion to them though.
Sometimes I will be reading things and enjoying them. Then suddenly the story just kind of comes to a stop. There’s no warning and no wrapping things up. I’m feeling left wanting more.
Tell Me Why You Wrote What You Wrote
If I can make a suggestion from one writer to another? Try to write a takeaway for each piece. You should be telling your reader why you wrote what you wrote. Actually tell them your point.
Tell them how this can relate to them. Give them something they can think about after they have read your work. A good conclusion can have an amazing impact on your story.
I know everyone has their own writing style and that is great. Like I said, I like to keep things organized when I write. And to me, a conclusion is a good way to wrap up my story with a nice beautiful bow to present to my readers.