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Writing Matters

Writing Matters

Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words. – Mark Twain

Did you know that there is a term for those who fear writing?

Scriptophobia!

Many Scriptophobes are afraid of fear of rejection, fear of being ridiculed, fear of embarrassing themselves or fear of being criticized, etc. Or they can simply be lazy.

A student might have been criticized or laughed at for her writing. This leads to a panic attack each time she has to write in the class. This creates negative thinking patterns which are hard to overcome as it impacts the self-esteem. This is how the writing phobia starts.

There are other reasons why people struggle with writing. People lack commitment. It takes a whole lot of effort to organize your thoughts and put it in words for others to understand it clearly. It also needs great discipline to consistently write. That is why very few people manage to maintain a quality blog. Rest might have other barriers like language and handwriting. On top of all this, the use of slang and emoticons has made us even lazier.

More and more of the world is becoming multimedia. People prefer audio/visual over plain text. However, writing is still important – for academicians, professionals and all of us as it is an essential job skill.

importance of writing skills for studentsFor students, learning how to write essays can be one of the uninteresting experiences, but it is also one of the most important. If students don’t learn how to master writing at a young age, they will have a more difficult time mastering the skill when they are older. The sooner they start, the better off they will be. Learning how to write well also forces students to think better. They become more capable of analysing what they read, interpreting data and thinking critically. Reading is also important, but it is only half of the equation. By writing, students are forced to have their own ideas and form them into something concrete. Therefore it is important that students should write everyday.  

The fear of writing exists not only in students but also amongst the working class including top professionals. While it is possible for elders to improve their writing skills, it is easier to eradicate this fear and develop good writing skills at an early age.

Career communications of all kinds are being increasingly handled online and in text. It starts with the job application- filling out a form, writing a cover letter and drafting a resume. Most online job postings require some form of written content, and the quality of this writing often serves as an important factor to get selected. If a candidate is put on the spot to write something, it is not easy to create an effective write-up unless she knows the basics of writing. Learning language is one thing and writing effectively in that language is altogether different.

importance of writing skills for professionalsBusinesses need employees who can write well. The digital age has certainly not reduced the need for writing. It has just shifted from pen and paper to the keyboard. Emails, websites, faxes, social media posts etc. all require written content. E-mail communications within the office are especially important. Many jobs require people to send e-mails to customers, and a poorly worded message damage the sale or relationship.

 

 

 

To conclude, no matter what stage of life or field you are in, writing is necessary.

Good news is that writing can be improved like any other skill.

Students can improve their writing skills by: 

  • Writing for their school journals, magazines and newspaper articles 
  • Take part in essay competitions
  • Research and prepare projects on various academic topics 
  • Summarise the content towards the end of a lecture and many other fun methods.

Newspapers like Times of India have got a student edition where regularly you can contribute with views, opinions, reactions. If you need help in improving techniques, there are books and workshops available.

On the other hand, professionals can improve their writing by something as simple as drafting effective mail or expressing views on online business forums/groups to preparing a project report.  You can also take help from books and courses in writing.

Happy writing. 

Importance of writing skills, writing is the painting of your voice

My trip to beach By Anish Deodhar

My trip to beach By Anish Deodhar

Everybody likes to travel. Even I like to travel. Best place that I like is to go to a beach. Now, I am about to tell you about one of my adventurous trips to Juhu Chowpati.

It was a bright sunny day. Me and my family were on Juhu beach with a lot of my friends. We told our parents that we wanted to play in the sea, so they gave the permission but restricted us from going too deep. Then we left the resort and cycled beside the sea on our bikes. We then stopped near the throwball court that was put by our resort assistants Rahul and Rohan. We had a nice little game of throwball but suddenly a smell struck our nose and it was an awefully bad one.

We followed it and saw an enormous whale outside the water. Its skin was not moist. It was entirely dried up. I searched on my cell what type of whale it was. Oh no!!! it was a Humpback whale, which is very rare. At first there were plenty of them but they were hunted as a game, source of food and for fun. Unfortunately, some of the whales come out of the water and die. At that moment my cells battery drained and none of my friends had a phone.

Now, the first thing we had to do to keep the whale alive was to keep its skin moist. We were four friends and two assistants. So we made teams. In the first team were Krish and Parth. Their task was to keep the whale's body moist specially its gills and eyes. The second team was of Pratham, Rohan and myself. Our task was to make a small canal which will divert the waves towards the whale and Rahul’s task was to call help from the resort and police. Now it was not at all hard to find correct equipment for digging the canal and watering the whale with the cans. When we finished making the canal we started throwing the water from the canal to the whale as a one foot broad canal could not directly help in saving the whale’s life.

Soon, Rahul came there with the police and the police even brought a crane which could safely put the whale back into the water. The police thanked us as we had been watering the whale for nearly one and a half hour and that had saved its life. After this whole incident, we again put our carefree hats and continued our game of throwball. After sometime, we went tired and exhausted to the resort at night, but this day was the highlight of our trip.

So travel safe, be safe and enjoy the adventures.

Goodbye.

If I had magical powers... By Vamika Kaushik

If I had magical powers... By Vamika Kaushik

I always wanted to do magic or have magical powers. I’m ok even if it would last for just one day.

I can’t express my feelings flying in a regular mob and when people would see me, their eyes will become broad, they’ll start scratching their head, they will start thinking how it happened and I would be laughing and flying and I know some people would be boorish because of their jealousy.

I would make the highest jump from one house roof to another. I would run faster than Usain Bolt. I could go in future and see what I will become. But of course, I’ll not use my power for wrong things such as seeing the question paper of half yearly exam.

I know my wish can’t come true, but yes even in my old days, I would think about it and if it happens someday it would be the best day ever.