Saturday, August 27, 2016

Blog writing - aiming for good writing talent

August 27, 2016

  It is a nice journey to write a lot of blogs in last 12 months. Julia learns to handle a lot of stress, spend a lot of time to proofread, feel headache about the content, organization of ideas etc. Sometimes, she notice that she writes something she does not know, she does not have best solution, since she is still developing, in the cooking process. Or she just pushes herself, just do it. It may be an interesting topic, start first, come back to work on.

  What is about good writing talent? It is not just English writing, also about communication skills, inspiration to share, good language skills.
  A true short story about her personal experience:

  She went through 3 IELTS test in 2008 from June to August in order to score 2 of 7/ 9 on English (reading, writing, speaking, listening) - apply Canadian immigration. She did 3 tests in 3 months, because Fort Lauderdale test center only gives one test a month. She even filed an appeal against the scoring result after 2nd test, costed her $160 dollars, same amount as the test fee. She practiced old tests in the time range of 3 month - 3 hours for one test, she did again and again.

More detail about IELTS:
  End of the true short story.

  And then, in 2015, Julia learned that in order to
get best result of
build up some writing talent continuously in long term,
grow up from a junior software developer to talent programmer,
she has to write down her coding practice everyday, speak out her unique experience, ideas/ practice log, show her progression, weakness, highlights, one step a time, one practice a time. There is no way to avoid hard work, embrace it. She learns from her favorite tennis sports. 

  So, she try to push herself to work on writing. Being a good software programmer, writing code is much more challenging. 

Here are some ideas:

  From blog - how to improve your blog writing skills 

 1. Make writing a habit
As the old saying goes: Practice Makes Perfect.
 2. Get back to basics
 3. Proofread your articles
 4. Remove the filler - tighten your article and make it easier to read
 5. Evaluate your writing
 6. Be an avid reader
 passionate writer should be a passionate reader.
 7. Establish good writing habits

Google search keyword:
blog writing help English writing

Second blog - Improve writing skills


1. Brush up on the basics

2. Write like it's your job
Keep practising, writing is no exception.
diminish your fear of the blank page (or blinking cursor)
develop a unique style
even if nobody reads it, keep writing.

3. Read like it's Your Job
reading on a regular basis
pay attention to sentence structure, word choice, and how the material flows.

4. Find a writing partner
a solitary activity - writing?
cast an eye over your work?
spot mistakes that you may overlooked

5. Join a workshop or take a night class - not applicable right now

6. Dissect writing that you admire

7. Imitate writers you admire
use humour to spice up dry topics?
use pop culture references to make their work entertaining and useful?

8. Remember that outlines are your friend - outline?
solid outline plan? When, who, what, where, why, how? 7 W

9. Edit your work ruthlessly

be your own harshest critic?
editing is a tough skill to learn for beginner?
writing or rewriting?
the cold, hard eye of an editor will serve you well?
discipline to eliminate extraneous words?
resist the temptation to wax lyrically and get to the point?

10. Accept that first draft are almost always crap

write down on paper first, clean up later. Iterative process. Do not beat yourself up.

11. Find a good patient editor

12. Eliminate unnecessary words

13. Take a stroll down memory lane

14. Don't be afraid to say what you think

15. Do your research

16. Don't take weeks to finish a post

Actionable items:

Try 3 ideas first:

14. Don't be afraid to say what you think
Share personal IELTS test experience in 2008 

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