The principle of effective writing is the same as what I just described above. There are laws that guide effective writing…if your writing will be one.
#1 LAW – STAND UP TO LIVE…BEFORE YOU SIT DOWN TO WRITE
At first attempts, when I started writing, and it was difficult for me to put words together, I felt something is wrong. But later, I discovered nothing was wrong. It is because I have not experienced the life yet…still; I thought I could just sit down to write. It doesn’t work that way.
#2 LAW – BE IN ORDER…BUT DON’T WRITE ORDERLY
Writing is an art. It is important you get your life organized and in order. But when writing, let the creative you emerge.
#3 LAW – BE A LIVING WRITER…NOT A WRITER LIVING
Make sure you are improving, learning, developing and adding to your knowledge base. Ensure you write better today than you did yesterday. The idea is, avoid “I have arrived mindset.”
#4 LAW – TAKE OUT OF SEVERAL BOOKS…NOT ONE
Great writers draw from many books. The more books you have encountered, the more resource pool you have to draw from. But make sure you are an intentional reader. I’ll discuss this later.
#5 LAW – UNTIL IT IS BURNING IN YOU…DON’T WRITE
No law stops you even when it isn’t. Just that when it burns in you, the words also carries fire. Not bored. Not fabricated. Not mechanical. Not copied.
#6 – WRITE WITH EFFORT…THAT IT MAY BE READ WITHOUT
Never write casually. Your writing is worth the effort than putting letters together. Pour effort into your writing and you readers will read without effort. That’s what makes high rating books.
#7 – WRITE…WHERE YOU HAVE AUTHORITY
It will help you write with authority. And whenever you write where you don’t have one, be humble enough to ask help from those who do, then, remember to acknowledge them.
I hope these laws will help your effectiveness. But I know these are not all you need…so what other laws of effective writing do you know or that has worked for you?
KEEP GROWING IN GOD’S PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE