PRINCIPLES OF GOOD WRITING.
L. A. HILL
L. A. HILL is a famous essayist. He explains graphically the qualities of good writing in the present essay.
We should be able to think clearly and logically then only we can write well. We can improve our ability to think clearly and logically by practice .Wide and careful reading increases our vocabulary and it also improves our power of expression. Good writing is more of hard work than inspiration. It is no good waiting for inspiration. We have to develop a warm and human understanding of people around us.
News papers provide us with plenty of subjects to write about. They are full of examples of human joy and tragedy. These examples give us ideas for articles, essays and so on. We should increase our vocabulary. We should improve our power of expression . For this, We should read widely and carefully. We have to learn to write interestingly. We have to keep in mind the interests of the readers we are writing for. Most of the people are interested in the present so we should write current issues.
We have to choose subjects of which we have personal experience. Presentation is very important. The opening paragraph should arrest the reader’s attention. The main body of writing should deal with the ideas presented in the opening paragraph. The reader should feel satisfied with the conclusion.
We must be interested in what we are writing. Then only we can arouse interest and sympathy of the readers. We should never try to create an impression.The writer should forget about himself. He should think only of the readers. Then only he can write naturally. It is always better to write in a simple language and conversational style. Clear and plain English in the fashion of the day. Decorated style is out of date. A mixture of styles is also absurd. So the same style should be maintained throughout.
Once the writing is finished, it must be revised critically. Weak ambiguous words and expressions should be replaced properly.