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Writing Advice

Primary Writing Sydney

Language and writing are organic. They are part of our daily life, we cannot live without them. And they are something we should be able to do with minimal effort. Essay and professional writing might require some conscious effort, especially when writing on a new topic or explaining difficult concepts, but day to day language and writing should come naturally.

Yet, while we are born with latent language ability, we are not born already speaking, let alone writing. So how did we develop language, and how do we develop language further?

While studying grammatical rules and increasing vocabulary can help language and writing skills to some extent they are not enough on their own. Indeed, we learnt to speak long before we knew the formal rules of syntax. So how did we originally learn to speak?

Of course, as infants, we learnt to speak by copying and repeating what we heard others say. And then we started to use the few words we learnt to construct new sentences. This is an innate ability of humans, something that other animals seem to lack.

If we want to improve our language skills we need to do so by using language. It is one thing to find a new word in a dictionary, it is another to use it correctly in a sentence. When we have adequately learnt a new word, we find we use it without effort.

Tips for Primary Writing Sydney

– Write daily. This can be anything from a diary, to notes, to blogs updates. Some might attempt poetry. If we write daily it greatly reduces issues with writers block.
– Many people find it easier to write in the morning, if they have had a decent night’s sleep. A few people find if they write at night it helps clear their head of troublesome thoughts, and helps them sleep.
– Take effort with writing, and phrase sentences as well as possible. Imagine somebody is going to read this and judge your abilities on this piece of writing alone. Never allow bad habits.
– Do some research on anything you find interesting, and write it up in your own words.
– Carry a pen and notebook, or have the equivalent on a device (on your phone) so you can always keep inspired thoughts, catchy tittle ideas, or anything else that comes to mind. You will be surprised at how many ideas you have, and would have lost without taking note of them.
– Find some writing prompts online. These are short ideas or opening sentences that can inspire us to write.
– Use active voice – the subject acting on the verb. We might occasionally use passive voice in some background situations.
– Look up articles on common language mistakes. It is easy to confuse ‘effect’ and ‘affect’ and not notice.
– Brevity is almost always preferable. Say it clearly with the minimal number of words.
– Always remember that the written sentences not have the same emphasis as spoken sentences, nor the pauses. So we must write is a manner that uses the emphasis of the written word. Where do the stresses fall in the sentences? On the last word, after a pause? If your text can be read in a monotone and still make sense, that is a good sign.
– When writing for another, remind yourself what their background is. A school essay for an english novel can assume that the person marking the essay has thoroughly read the book. Use the essay to support your ideas/position/argument. An essay for another reader might have to give a lot of background information, because they have not read the book you are discussing.
– Find well written essays and fiction, and read them at leisure. Soak up the prose style.

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