Talent Thursday: Types And Benefits Of Writing

Writing is a skill many aspire to develop. Unlike many other skills, writing is not a standalone skill, meaning you can combine writing with a job, idea, or experience, making writing an amazing medium of expression. There are different forms of writing you can take up that suit your style or need. If you aspire to be the next Devdutt Pattanaik or Chetan Bhagat, then look no further. Here is the guidance you need right now.

?The most difficult thing about writing; is writing the first line.?

                                                                                      -Amit Kalantri

The act of writing involves using words to express, but it goes much deeper than that. If you are wondering how to write, here is the Writing Process that will prove to be quite beneficial:

1. Prewriting ? Determine the purpose, your audience, research about your topic, and brainstorm ideas.

2. Drafting ? Organise all your ideas into paragraphs.

3. Revising ? Further, build on what you?ve written. Revise and reorganise your content.

4. Editing ? Correct spelling errors, grammatical mistakes, punctuations, structure, and word choice. Evaluate and include any final thoughts.

5. Publishing ? Share it with the relevant person or upload on the site.

Here are 4 Styles of Writing Kids can learn about:

1. Narrative Writing

If you have an interesting story, you can use this writing style, which is similar to that of a storyteller but in written form. You can introduce characters and the plot sequentially from start to end. While this style is deemed as challenging to write, it is the easiest to read. This style is recited through first-person narration and dialogues exchanged by other characters are mentioned here as well. The story can be fictional or non-fictional.

Writing Prompt: Write a short story inspired by today.

2. Expository Writing

Unlike the narrative style, expository writing is used when stating facts, essays, and in business communication, right from instructions to definitions to explanations, all that is to the point. Law books, textbooks, magazines and newspapers follow this style. This style is used to describe situations, functions and processes as well.

Writing Prompt: Write an experiment to explain the generation of electricity using potatoes.

3. Descriptive Writing

This writing style is crucial when you need to describe a person, place or circumstance in detail. It applies to both fictional and non-fictional writing. Imagine a writer with pen painting a scene that includes the expressions, the attire, the colour of the sky, etc. The concept of descriptive writing helps the reader live the scene instead of being a mere spectator. This writing is used while sharing experiences by travel bloggers, food bloggers, and so on.

Writing Prompt: Write a detailed itinerary for your dream vacation.

4. Persuasive Writing

Do you remember the salesperson who sold you jars that your parents were convinced you would need but now they are catching dust on the kitchen shelf? Well, that?s the power of persuasion. Persuasive writing harnesses this power to express a point of view. Debate papers, book reviews, advertisements are a few examples of persuasive writing.

Writing Prompt: Write a note to your teacher to reduce the amount of homework and increase engaging activities during virtual classes.

We hope these writing tips will help you to communicate easily and freely. Writing take practice and patience, remember to be gentle with yourself. Seek feedback from relevant experts to improve your writing. This is vital for continuous growth. Once you?ve put these tips to practice, don?t forget to share your contributions on portals, writing communities and with your school.


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