How to Write Effective English: Tips For Success in Writing

Submitted by Cody Lamson | Category: Education | Published on May 24, 2011
Writing in any language requires some basic guidelines in order to write effectively; these will apply whether you are writing in English, French, Chinese, or any other language.

Writing in any language requires some basic guidelines in order to write effectively; these will apply whether you are writing in English, French, Chinese, or any other language.

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The following are some universal guidelines to help you achieve your goals in writing. They may seem silly but many people do not keep these concepts in mind when writing.

  1. Know Your Audience
    If you are writing, you intend to have someone read it at some point. Even if you are writing a diary there is an intended audience, yourself. Keep your audience in mind. A group of young punk rockers will be expecting something different from a group of investment bankers. Once when you have your audience in mind you can begin to think about what kind of content to write. This will extend through the entire writing process.
  2. Know Your Goals
    You are writing for some sort of a reason. What is it? Keep your objectives in mind throughout the entire writing process and try to keep everything consistent with your goals. Writing about grape soda when writing about computer operating systems is not going to enhance your content! Examples of writing objectives are: Entertaining the reader by writing a short story. Selling something through advertising. Educating about a topic through some sort of publication. Persuading a reader about political views.
  3. Communicate at Your Audiences Level
    Use proper language and terms when writing. It is probably unwise to use slang and curse words when writing for a group of investment banks. Conversely, It is not a good idea to write in high, formal English when writing for a punk rocker website. Additionally, Ensure that the audience's level of English is at the same level of writing. It is never acceptable to have spelling or grammar errors; however, you can choose between a basic vocabulary and something more advanced. It is always nice to sounds formal when writing for others but it is not always a good idea. If you are writing about a subject that will interest basic English users, avoid advanced grammar and vocabulary. 
  4. It is Not About You it is About Them.
    So many people make this error when writing. Whether you are writing a CV a business proposal, sales material, or anything else, do not write excessively about yourself! Sorry to say it, but the reader usually does not care about you. The reader is interested in either the information in the content or is interested in what you can do for THEM. This holds true for everything. When writing a business proposal they do not care about you they want to know what action can be taken to make their life easier, not yours. Qualifications may be important, but don't write excessively about yourself. Keep it to the minimum.
  5. Fulfill Some Sort of a Need
    As a general rule, content should fulfill some sort of a need. This need may be anything from a new car to knowing where a good restaurant is in Helsinki. This is a very broad rule but it is still important. Make sure that somehow your article fulfills some sort of need. Summary If you keep all of these goals in mind you should be able to create well-written content that will satisfy your readers.

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