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What makes an effective writer?

No, I’m not trying to be all instructional and preaching. This is a school paper meant to be a short article with that given title.

     An effective writer knows not to rush. He knows the flow of what he is writing and knows if it feels right. A good writer knows when it is truly and fully complete. An effective writer tries to be consistent. He tries hard not to drift away from the core focus of the subject. One who avoids excessive digression no matter how well-sounding his material has become. He is willing to cut or sacrifice smartly-written but irrelevant pharagraph, sentence or phrase. An effective writer doesn’t just nod in agreement to avoid further arguments or to be polite, nor disagree just to appear opinionative.

     Amongst anything, an effective writer is true to itself. He is not bias. He has opinions that are not clouded by emotions. True that he needs to be open-minded by other’s point of views, mindful and understanding of how others think or react. But, an effective writer has a mind of his own. Someone who has confidence, not wishy-washy and not hesitant. One who is not taken aback by criticism rather knows that criticism determines the effectiveness of a creation. One who is not reluctant no matter what the weight or the intensity of the topic is. One who can forget to be righteous at times when he’s required to. All at the same time, an effective writer admits to his mistakes and his flaws.

     Quite frankly, I believe that someone who writes with misspelled words, grammatical errors, improper or unconventional ways of writing doesn’t automatically proved to be ineffective. All it needs to be is being tolerable to read and be submitted to the purpose of the message it is trying to get across. More importantly, an honest, impartial and somewhat cohesive piece equates to effective writing.

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  1. Amen. Write to find the truth.

    My Lit agent always says, “Son, write what was true before you got here, what it true while you’re here, and what will be true long after you’re gone.” We all fall short of course, but that is what I aim for.

    I liked your post. I hope you will consider a look at my blog or my book, “The Mandolin Case.” (the book is on Amazon)

    I have a lot of lady readers. They are great, and over time they morphed me into a writer. For some reason I don’t get as much feedback from guys, and I would enjoy your perspective.

    Dr. B, author, “The Mandolin Case”

  2. ‘Quite frankly, I believe that someone who writes with misspelled words, grammatical errors, improper or unconventional ways of writing doesn’t automatically proved to be ineffective.’

    that’s a love note to my battered brain cells. I agree with you completely! Thanks, Rommel for the boost!

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