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The Writing Organism

By Edited Nov 29, 2013 1 4

An organism definition is: a complex structure of interdependent and subordinate elements whose relations and properties are largely determined by their function in the whole (Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition, 817). I think this describes writing, perfectly.

There are many ways to write:

  • creative (using right brain techniques) (clustering)
  • technical (textbooks) (informative)
  • business (proper format)
  • about literature (showing rather than telling)
  • analyzing literature (literary analysis) and others.

Most writing takes some research. One way to know what to research is to ask a question about your subject and either answer it in your work, or ask it to yourself, and write about your researched answer. It's important to document any sources borrowed from other writers. Online sources should be acknowledged too.

Reading about the subject you are interested in writing about is extremely helpful. A visit to a local library or museum is often enlightening. It clarifies and enlarges your subject so you are able to create a fresh writing piece and present applied skills. Maybe an expanded article or more than one article comes of implemented research.

Assembling nicely fit together sentences takes practice. Once you find your subject, you should consider your audience. Are you writing for certain sex, age group, occupation, economic or educational background? How much do your readers already know about your subject? Answering these questions will aid the definition of your purpose for writing, and clarity and style.

Next, a focus on writing concisely happens. Whether you are; advocating, introducing, negotiating, informing, analyzing, or writing creatively, it must translate concisely. In short, it's like saying, keep on the subject. Because the writing organism includes grammar, imagery, and punctuation, the possibilities of relating these elements to form a concise whole is endless. It can be done well. I find a revisit to established rules really helps. Be careful of online grammar and style checkers, they aren't always correct.

Yes, this is all good you may think, but what happens when I get stuck? A-ha, the complex structure sometimes leaves a blank, bankrupt page crying for words. Some answers are provided in writing about writing. Please consider that this happens to all writers at some time.

Writing mechanics like spelling, commonly confused words, and plurals are forgotten in editing all too frequently. Careful proofreading, use of a good collegiate dictionary (Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition (Red Kivar Binding with Jacket)

, and engaging a wholesome spelling suspicion never hurts. Give yourself a quiz to see how many commonly confused words you can come up with. Here is a list of some:

1. all ready, already

2. board, bored

3. cite, sight, site

4. waist, waste

5. who's, whose.

The last one is a plural example. The plural rules contain regular and irregular plurals, and they are best to be checked when in doubt. Some nouns don't have plurals (equipment).

Just keep writing so that organism becomes second nature, and you'll learn a lot on the journey.



Apr 14, 2011 6:48pm
Very nice article about organizing.
Apr 15, 2011 9:37pm
Thank you, it takes some consistency :)
Sep 22, 2012 12:15am
Some great information to be absorbed in this post. Thanks for sharing.Keep posting.
Sep 24, 2012 7:34am
Why thank you. I plan to return to article writing as soon as my move is over! Such a strain.
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