As I was studying English for three years when I was a student at university, one practical trick regarding successful writing I remember till this time: if it is possible, you should always put the best pieces of information at the end of your sentence. What about the next best bits, you ought to place them at the beginning, and bear in mind that middle is where you need to write the rest. This writing advice refers to every kind of writing. Unfortunately, I didn't take advantage of the opportunity to learn more such tricks during my college years.
Writing skills can be easily developed and learned even without giving off much money. As a result, you can forget about college tuition and start improving your writing by attentive reading of these recommendations concerning effective writing process that belong to the world famous journalists.
- Susan Orlean in her book The Orchid Thief has mentioned an interesting trick regarding how to find story ideas. She states that it is better to say that this or that idea you pursue is not gonna work and thus, it will. So, make the effort to practice this trick.
- Anne Hull, a Pulitzer winner, while writing concerning a culture as an outsider has admitted that it is of a great importance to try to avoid too much using of distancing language that is present in almost all newspaper stories. You should consider writing in a more intimate way. If you are a reporter, it means that you ought to come to a certain place and witness a situation, so that you are able to describe it in the best way later.
- In her book "The Girl in the Window" Lane DeGregory says that finding a secret editor or writer is very helpful and important, especially if you don't find the person that was assigned to you trustworthy. Thus, try to find people that are pleasant to you and who you really respect.
- The author of the book Slouching Towards Bethlehem Joan Didion gives a piece of advice stating that it is very significant to edit as you move on. For example, as soon as you finish your work in the evening, keep in mind that you ought to look through the pages you have written during the day and correct the mistakes.
- Beth Schwartzapfel, a criminal justice reporter, admits about anecdotes that should be used in all factual stories. He thinks that they can be compared to raisins that give the special taste to oatmeal. They are like unusual and pleasant surprises that remind the readers of what they are reading and why it is essential.
Although you might be sure that these words of advice from journalists are useful only to the professionals, they can be helpful to anyone who wants to become a good writer. In addition, they are free.