“Lack of style”, “interesting ideas but expression to review”, “awkward”, “good oral but disappointing writing” … These remarks that adorn copies and newsletters are so many different ways to say that the writing side you are not at the top yet. Here are 5 tips to help you write better.
Tip # 1: write, write and write again
How to write better? “By writing regularly and as often as possible,” answers without hesitation Corinne Durand Degranges, with her experience of 25 years of teaching letters at Jeanne d’Arc College in Apt (84). “It is often said that to write well, you have to read a lot, but in reality, to improve your writing, you must write often,” she insists. It’s a bit like in sports, we do not progress by looking at others, but by practicing regularly! By writing, we are dealing with all the difficulties of the language and we learn little by little to overcome them.
Once your written production is over, read again aloud, you will quickly realize what is wrong: lack of coherence, time concordance problem, syntax … “The ideal is to have an audience (parents, brothers, sisters, friends …) that helps you to identify what can be improved “, analyzes the teacher.
Write yes, but what? Book reviews, movies, real or imaginary stories … In short, write what makes you happy. And no matter what you say is not perfect, the bottom line is that you take the pen. “Too many students do not write by inhibition, for fear of doing wrong, it’s a pity!” regret Corinne Durand Degranges. As with many things, this is the first time that costs.
Tip # 2: think before writing
Before going head-to-head in writing a storyboard, text commentary, or other imaginative topic, take some time to think about what you are going to write. Ask yourself questions such as, “What do I mean, what is my message, how am I going to convey it, in what order?” If you tell a story, have it scroll through your head for the first time.
You can also represent it in the form of a diagram, with arrows and abbreviations. Even, like Émilie in the 3rd, make a small presentation sheet of each of the protagonists with their main physical characteristics and character traits. “In any case, do not start writing a story until you know how it will end, at the risk of losing you on the way,” warns the French teacher.
Tip # 3: Put yourself in your reader’s place
When you take the pen, always ask yourself if what you are saying is understandable to anyone other than yourself. In other words, are you clear? “To know it, the best is to let your writing rest, a few minutes if it is a work in class, or even a whole night, if it is to do at home”, advises Françoise Bedoucha. When you resume it, rested head, inconsistencies, heaviness and approximations, will jump to your eyes.
Tip # 4: Make it simple
Stop long sentences. “More than two lines for the same sentence, it’s too much!” Says Corinne Durand Degranges. The ideal is to alternate long sequences and short sequences. To give rhythm to your subject, make non-verbal sentences.
Avoid the blah-blah … “There is nothing worse than a student who has nothing to say and who tries to hide it behind hollow words, seeking to fill,” annoys him. teacher. Adopt a simple style and a precise vocabulary. Do not use terms that you do not fully understand, at the risk of confusion and misinterpretation. As for rehearsals, avoid them by enriching your vocabulary with synonyms.
Also be careful with punctuation, it can change the meaning of a sentence. Finally remember that “the written style is more sustained than the oral style,” insists Corinne Durand Degranges. Françoise Bedoucha advises her pupils to work in several stages: “you must first throw loose ideas without worrying about the style, then, only in a second time, work the form”.
Tip # 5: Take care of the presentation
To write well is also to write legibly and cleanly. The presentation of a copy is also part of the understanding. “If you are embarrassed in reading because you have trouble deciphering the writing or because there are lots of erasures and tipex mountains, you can not focus on the bottom. feeling that a copy is badly written, or that a thought is not structured enough, simply because the reading is not fluid. ” says Bedoucha.
Only solution to avoid this kind of disappointments? Treat the presentation. Prefer the fountain pen with a ballpoint pen, make a clean erasure rather than a white corrector, highlight the titles without too much fuss. In a word, opt for sobriety. The alternation of pink, purple or a very sophisticated writing is generally not appreciated!