It’s clear to see that our world has gone a little insane recently and that has had an impact on writing in general. You may not have an understanding of how you should be writing in a world that seems so different from just a few years ago. Here are some tips to make your writing stand out and how you can deal with this rapidly changing world filled with chaos. This article applies to articles and writing that is outside of the novel genre.
Be a Real Journalist
One of the main problems in today’s writing world is that we have forgotten what real journalism really means. You need to be fair; you need to be impartial. The only exception is if you’re writing an opinion piece about a topic you're passionate about. Make sure you tell the entire story from all sides. If you’re not telling the whole story then you end up spreading more information and this just adds fuel to the fire in today’s world. We want to deescalate tensions, not add to them. The who, what, why, when, and where still applies. It’s a real pity that more writers don’t apply this to their work. We would be in a much better place if the truth was told.
‘In times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.’
— Eric Hoffer
Facts, Figures, Dates, and People
Never write anything unless you know the facts. If you don’t have the facts, the people, the dates, or figures ready to go, you’re not going to be seen as authentic. Without facts, you end up in the realm of a propagandist and this is plaguing our written word today. You simply can’t write without facts as this “spin” is the main reason why we are where we are today. You must be willing to research and get the facts before you write anything. This is the only way that healthy debates can occur. We are lacking in these debates today due to the misinformation that comes at us from all sides. As a writer, your words are a powerful tool for change so use them wisely. Those that don’t want to hear facts or won’t listen are not worth your time. Please use sources besides just the mainstream media or alternative media. You want factual information from many sources.
If you plan to take a side in a debate then let others know why you’re taking that side and then explain your feeling through your words. Don’t just throw the writing out here and naturally assume others are going to believe or follow it. You just back up your side with knowledge and reasoning. Ranting about a subject will rarely work and you’ll find yourself without a lot of credit to your name. These are fine from time to time but don’t rely on rants to get your point across. You will win over others if you make a solid argument. Make sure you write the pros and cons of a subject and provide the data that shows why you feel this way. Both sides of the story are needed so ensure you provide them for your readers.
Writing sometimes means that you’ll end up taking risks. Your writing may not be that popular but you have to be willing to stand by your work and take the criticism that may come at you in endless waves when you write. You could be slammed and even ridiculed for what you write but a real writer will forage ahead with their heart and not let others dictate what they can and cannot write. Make sure you always write what you feel and be ready to take the heat for it.
Your opinion matters and in my view, it really doesn’t matter what this is. Unless you’re breaking some law on the books, feel free to write what is on your mind. In this world now, opinions are even more important than ever. If we lose our ability to express opinions we could lose everything, so speak up and don’t back down. Your opinion matters and you don’t need to go along with the “group think.” Stand up for yourself and others and raise your voice.
When you write, you may experience fear. You may feel that other swill hate you or not like your work. This is a large part of writing. You will never please everyone but if we don’t talk about subjects, then change can’t happen. State your case and let the feedback fall where it may. Writing takes a lot of inner strength so let your strength shine through and just write what you feel.
Just be a writer. Take what you feel and put it down on the page or screen. It doesn't matter what that thing is. The writing is all about how you feel. Make sure you present a compelling case if you want to make an argument about a subject. Don’t be a follower, be a writer. Be you.