School loves to tell us how to write. We’re told that using contractions is wrong. A lot of professors make ridiculous requirements, such as requiring ten pages for an essay.
Well, a lot of things school teaches us are wrong in the real world.
Recently, I have been a contributor writer at Slant News. I have learned a few things about writing.
1. Don’t ramble
Readers have a short attention span. Generally, articles should be between 500 to 800 words. If you ramble, people won’t bother reading the whole thing.
2. Better to keep it short and simple
In school, it’s encouraged to write long sentences and paragraphs. In the real world, that isn’t okay. When writing an paragraph, it’s better to have only one sentence rather than five sentences. People want concise writing.
3. Only give reverent information
Background information is important, but only give facts that matter to your story. Dumping random facts on people will annoy them.
4. Know your audience
You have to cater your writing to whoever is reading it. If it’s for a specific professional crowd, you should incorporate their jargon into your work.
5. Have a clear point of view
Stick to your voice. Know what you want to convey to others.