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Communicating your message to convey a direct interaction, whether you’re talking or writing, requires some thinking–weighing what you want to say.

As an English teacher for many years, I spent hours teaching second language students how to read, write, and speak the English language. It was often a struggle for my students to understand the basics needed to put together verbal and written communications.

Many of my students came into the United States with poor academic foundations, making it almost impossible to bring them to a standard necessary to flourish in communication and other academic subjects.

As a teacher, I learned something that’s stuck with me: recognizing the power of being an effective communicator begins with how you speak and how you formulate your words on paper.

It isn’t as important to write the words to make your expertise shine, but rather to write clearly and comfortably so your message easily flows for your reader.

Writing simply starts with writing conversationally. When you’re talking to a friend, you usually talk in a more relaxed manner. Rarely is your conversation stilted unless you’re uncomfortable with the subject matter that you’re exchanging.

I remember one of my first writing experiences in school. As a first grader, I learned to write a complete sentence. The sentence was simple. It included a noun and a verb. For example, “The dog barked.”

As I grew with my writing, it became more expressive–adding an adjective to describe the dog, such as, “The brown dog barked.” Still rather simplified.

Writers all start this way. As you become a more voracious reader, your vocabulary increases; and through writing practice and continued involvement in reading different literature you become more creative with how you write.

You develop your own writing style. My writing style includes adding personal stories around the topic I’m cultivating.

When forming relationships with other people you often open the relationship with a simple, “hello.”

However, when you start a relationship with your writing, it often feels a little more complex.

Here are some writing guidelines to keep it simple:

  • Set a specific time to write. Making time for writing’s paramount if you plan on being productive.
  • Make sure you schedule the time of day and the dates you plan to write and stick to your calendar.
  • Find a writing time where you can sit for up to 90 minutes without distractions to fast-forward your writing.
  • Set a timer when you first start writing. You can begin the process for as little as 15-minute intervals until you get into a natural flow.
  • Getting up and removing yourself from your writing will help to keep your thoughts coming. I go outside as often as needed to breathe the air–enjoying a change of scenery to replenish my brainwaves.
  • Sitting down to write again after a break brings on new inspiration.
  • Enjoy a hot beverage and your favorite background music to add to your creativity.

A former journalism professor once put these initials on a paper I had written for a class assignment: K.I.S.S.

I was apparently trying too hard to express my great writing skill. You can probably guess what the initials stood for?

Keep It Simple Stupid. I certainly didn’t appreciate the stupid insinuation. However, he did drive his point home with me.

Writing can be done well when you keep it simple. Add some of these tips to your own writing and see how they work for you.

Be sure to comment below or write to me personally at [email protected] to let me know how you’re doing. Hope you learned something new and find these suggestions helpful for your next writing experience.

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