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How to Write

You have an idea of what you want to say, so now here is your chance to say it. You could write a book, and people could read it. Here is a helpful page about how to write.

Some people get tongue-tied when trying to write, and there's no need for it! You don't need to write in the old style commonly associated with school essays, you know, the kind of stuff which teachers sigh in despair as they have to read it all!

When you write, speak naturally! Write how you speak! Writing is another form of speaking, except it's written down!

Let me prove you can write: If you were at a party having a chat with a few people in high spirits telling each other about things that had happened to them, and someone said to you "What's the funniest thing that's ever happened to you?", you'd not be stuck would you? You'd be able to reel off a story about something amazingly funny that once happened to you and the people would laugh like mad! Now, supposing your performance was recorded on a tape recorder and later someone typed it all on a keyboard, word for word, just how you'd told it, then it would be a written story. That's writing! Anyone reading the story would hear the voice in their head telling the story as if you were telling it to them directly.

Fortunately you don't need to have to sneak up on yourself and record your storytellings on tape, but can perform the same trick by just imagining you were telling people, but instead of speaking the words, you type them.

Your typing speed improves, and even if you can't spell then you can get that sorted out later. (In historic times even some great authors such as Shakespeare and Chaucer couldn't spell! And they couldn't get a dictionary because that wasn't around until much later when Johnson invented it!).

When you've written some stuff, a story for example, play it back to yourself by reading it. Does it sound good? If it's got a few awkward bits to trip over they can be adjusted until it's been refined enough so you are happy with it. It's like in a music recording studio where you can re-record tracks until it's perfect.

The written language is a pretty good recording of the spoken language, but there are differences, and it's handy to know about them. When you are speaking you can put subtle pauses in and change the tone of your voice to give extra meaning. You can't do that exactly the same in writing, but that's why you use punctuation. Those dots and commas give the reader little clues to where the natural pauses would be, if you see what I mean!

It doesn't need to be perfect; it just needs to read well. Sometimes you need to say things slightly differently in writing to cope with the differences from the spoken language. Generally this isn't a problem and if you don't know what I mean, don't worry about it!

The important thing is to know you can write, and then WRITE!

Also see how to write a book, write your family history, write a diary, etc.