Showing posts with label Neha Agrawal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Neha Agrawal. Show all posts

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

10 Things to Do – Before You Start Writing

10 things to do before you start writing

Writing and Blogging is a great trend, which is fast picking up in people irrespective of their age, gender, or location. These days I see a lot more people coming out of their cocoon and giving the world a glimpse of their thoughts.

Netizens are sharing info about their personal experiences, food recipes, books they like to read, places they visited or want to visit, movies they loved or hated, and everything that is happening around them, which is pretty cool to read. It helps me understand people better and get a tab on what’s going on in my surroundings. However, this is not the reason why I am highly appreciative of this trend.

I admire writing and blogging as it allows people to share something they are really good at, all for free! That’s my idea of sharing knowledge and happiness with others, and paying back to the society we live in. I am sure that you must be excellent in your own area, and can contribute in a bigger and better way to the society by penning your thoughts and sharing your work tricks that always click with your boss.

I admire and encourage people to write, but not rap their keyboards as if they had participated in some NaNoWriMo. If you are planning to give your writing ambitions an air, following tips will surely do you some good, have a look:

 10 Things To Keep In Mind Before You Start Writing:

1.      Do Your Homework - Never publish anything and everything that comes to your mind, plan on what you need to write, and ask yourself, “whether it is worth writing”.

2.      Cut The Crap – It’s easy to stray from the topic and deviate while you start writing. So, stay focused and to-the-point.

3.      Keep The Interest of Your Audience In Mind – Sharing your thoughts on FB is different from writing a full-fledged informative article. Understand what your audience expects out of you, and cater to their needs.

 4.      Decide on the Tone - Decide the feel and tone of your write-up based on the reactions you want to generate; Generic, Informative, Persuasive or Negative.

 5.      Decide on The Length – This one is tricky. Some readers won’t like reading long posts while some will find them highly researched and thoughtful. So, follow the middle-path and keep your post around 350-400 words.

 6.      Check Punctuation and Grammar – This is what separates a mediocre piece of writing from the one that is appreciated by people.

 7.      Pay Heed to Formatting and Indentation – Your readers can forgive you for this if you are giving quality information, but it hampers readability. So, it’s always better stick to correct format and indentation to ensure better readability.

 8.      Proofread once, and forget about the Article for a Day or Two – After you finish writing, proofread it once, but DO NO PUBLISH. Right now, you won’t be able to find mistakes as the article is still fresh in your mind, you will jump through the errors, so give that article a break.

 9.      Go Through the Article Afresh – Go through that article with a fresh pair of eyes, I am sure you will end up doing some editing now.

 10.  Hit Spell Check Before You Publish – Once you have proofread your article for the second time, just hit the spell check to ensure it’s free from spelling mistakes, and your article is ready to be published.

Hope these tips will help you in creating a perfect write-up. Please share your views and suggestions on these tips, and other things you feel should be taken care of while writing. Your feedback is always welcome.

Live and love,

Neha Agrawal.

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Keep Your Writing Simple

Writercommits-keep your writing simple


I like reading works of accomplished writers, but what makes me really happy are the stories meant for kids! I am not kidding, that’s true…

I guess it’s the simplicity of these short stories that hook me and make me happy. We all know difficult words and jargons, and keep on reading them every now and then; but sometimes it’s great to send your grey cells on a short vacation and enjoy free flowing content. It’s like relishing your favorite Ice Cream Sundae when everyone else thinks you are on a diet!

The basic idea of writing is ‘sharing thoughts’; and if usage of heavy-duty words make your laborious piece of writing incomprehensive, what’s the point in taking so much pain?

If you want to make your writing strike a chord among your readers; KEEP IT SWEET AND SIMPLE!

Don’t confuse your readers with multiple plots, rapped slangs, oxymoron and abbreviation; transform your ideas into simple plots and present them in the form of a simple yet captivating story.

We all want an easy life, hassle free work environment, easy money, and simple & sweet friends. Don’t we? Isn’t it the simplicity that all of us want in our lives? Then why should your writing be all complicated?

KISS principle not only applies to designing, it finds coherence in all walks of life, and the same is true for writing as well. So, let your words flow straight from your heart, like an uninhibited spring from the mountains; I guarantee you will be astonished by the impact it creates.

Words and people are best appreciated when they are simple!

Live and love,

Neha Agrawal.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Let’s Eat Mom

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Being an editor, punctuation are always at the back of my mind. I acknowledge their importance, and the void they create when they are out of sight. But, never ever in my fondest memory, I realized that punctuation can save lives as well!

Don’t be aghast, I am not making any bold statement. IT’S TRUE!

If you don’t believe me, or are wondering if I am out of my mind, read the blog post title again; maybe you could grab what I am trying to convey.

‘Let’s eat Mom’ and ‘let’s eat, Mom’ are as different as chalk and cheese!

While the former smells like a conspiracy to eat Mom right away, the latter is an invitation extended to Mom, to eat.

Anybody can write, and I dare say that penning down thoughts is the best way of expression; but, only if you mind little grammar. Incorrect grammar, missed punctuation, wrong spellings, or logic flow going haywire, can take away all the fun from your writing and convey a meaning that is totally different from what was intended.

While writing, remember to pay little attention to punctuation. These are tiny creatures, but have the capacity to spread rumors and create melee.

Live and love,

Neha Agrawal.