Writing in the common tongue

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Writing is something that is considered an art for many reasons. For many, it is difficult to articulate thoughts into words and having the necessary means with which to share your ideas. In many instances, there are brilliant people with the inability to write, for a number of reasons. The first one is the one earlier stated, but there is a much more common one that can affect good and bad writers alike.

What makes good writers good is not necessarily their prose or their content, but rather to be able to communicate their ideas with their audience. I some cases, fancy language is the way to go, but this only appeals to a small audience.

Writing for the masses

The primarily way in which to communicate your point to the largest audience possible is to be clear, concise, and use language that is not too flowery or complicated. The best way to do this is to think about what you would want to read. No matter your demographic, most people prefer the common tongue, to be able to get what the writer is saying without having to look up too many words.

When it comes to writing, there is little fancy language that needs to be used. There is really no point in impressing people with your vocabulary, because if they can’t understand it, it essentially means nothing to them. Writing for an audience is not as hard as it may seem, and just by being basic, you will be able to better communicate your point effectively.


The right audience

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When it comes to print advertising, there are a few things that can help you market your material to the right crowd. The first step is to identify which crowd you plan on marketing to. The best way to break this down is by age. People that are a bit older in age prefer print publishing, while younger people prefer digital mediums. In order to properly identify which demographic to appeal to, you must first decide which audience will prefer your product or service.

In the event that you have a wide audience, it becomes necessary to use both mediums in some capacity. It can be as simple as tying a social media account to your physical publishing or printing a few physical advertisements for special occasions in addition to a robust online marketing campaign.

The benefits of doing it right

A publishing campaign done right can pay dividends for whatever it is your are trying to accomplish. If your goal is to sell a product or service, it can help profits soar, and if it is designed to spread a message, you can get the maximum amount of exposure by advertising to the right demographic through the right medium.

In some ways, it is more important to know who you are writing for rather than what you are actually writing. The most successful publishing campaigns are the ones done with a great deal of thought and careful planning. Anybody interested in publishing knows the importance of knowing their audience, know yours and you will have the tools needed to succeed.

 


Writing today

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Writing today is much different than was writing in the past. Have you ever noticed the level of penmanship that people displayed in the past compared to the level of penmanship displayed today? Even me, as someone that has always enjoyed writing, had great penmanship in the past, which all went downhill once I started using the computer. The results were almost immediately noticeable, but the writing itself was still legible.

Fast forward to a few years later, actually many years later, when I became an online writer and did not have to write anything by hand ever. The writing was nothing short of awful, barely readable, and this was the sheer result of not having to write anything by hand.

Extrapolating

Writing has changed in virtually every way due to the advent of the Internet. Now we can not only write physically in much quicker time and with much fewer hand cramps, but we can change the way in which we share our information with the rest of the world. In weighing the pros and cons, it becomes clear that there is a definite trade-off between the two, wherein the world may be less physical, but information can be transmitted much quicker.

I have heard from many people that the digital age is a bit obnoxious, but I find that while it has its drawbacks, there are many more ways that allow us to be connected. Both the tangible and intangible aspects of writing are important, and we live in a world where perhaps sacrificing one strengthens the other.


The future of journalism

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Print journalism was once a juggernaut of information, giving people the news and entertainment that they needed in order to become connected with the world. However, over time, especially with the advent of the Internet, it has become an entirely different entity, much of it moving to a digital medium from a print medium. And although print journalism is still around, news is mostly relegated to websites and other online outlets rather than being in print form.

As far as journalism as an academic discipline, it has become a much more difficult pursuit in which to find a career. Much of the educational curriculum was developed in the past, when print journalism was the entity that it was before. Now, while digital journalism is touched upon in academic institutions, it is still sort of antiquated in its teachings.

What the future holds

Eventually, there will need to be an overhaul in how people learn about how to teach people how to provide readers with digital news. Not only has the medium on which people receive their news changed, but the people providing the news have also had to change in how they present it. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of ways to teach people how to write in a purely digital world without sacrificing past teachings.

While journalism degrees will still be a thing that students pursue, there will require a great deal of work on the students part to adjust their skills to compete in a world that is almost purely digital.


Good writing versus bad writing

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As a writer I am often asked the difference between good and bad writing. And while there is no doubt that the divide is pretty subjective, there are some things that make good writers even if you do not consider any of the mechanics. Mark Twain once said “I would rather be friends with a good conversationalist than a good writer”, and this pretty much sums up what makes a good writer, and that is the ability to deliver a clear message without too much filler.

In much of the writing (online mostly), you get a lot of filler and fluff pieces that do not offer a lot of substance. This is largely because of the sheer volume of information out there, but it extends far beyond that of the scope of content available.

The real problem

The real problem is that oftentimes, people do not know exactly what their message is or who it is for. People that are looking for specific instructions or information can simply perform a search, and the top result is likely from a pretty credible source. So what you get with smaller companies is them trying to compete with these sites rather than simply producing quality content.

A good writer should know exactly what they are saying and who they are saying it to. You have your topic, now figure out the best way to deliver it without worrying about it being super clever, witty, or appealing to the search engines. Bad writers will often simply try to use keywords to draw readers in, but good writers will give their message clearly.


Publishing with intent

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It is no secret that publishing, at least in the form of print is an industry that is largely on the decline. Most everyone is switching to digital print, and with good cause. However, even in today’s day and age, publishing still has many benefits, but they are a little more difficult to find. During my years as a publisher, my company was forced to publish a lot of material.

It did not matter at the time, because virtually everything was published, whether it was good or not. However, today we need to take a closer look at what gets published and the audience to which we are trying to sell it. The days of publishing just anything are far gone, and now we must adjust.

Only the best

What I mean by this, is finding the things worth publishing and pushing them harder into print. Digital copy has its benefits, but at the end of the day, good works should be tangible, able to be put up on the shelf and displayed. We can do this by selecting only the best works to be published and knowing our audience.

In essence, publishing in the traditional sense is not dead, but rather needs to be re-evaluated in order to fit into the modern landscape. Those interested in publishing should take a good look at their work and decide whether it should be digital or not, while keeping in mind that print publishing is a small demographic that should be used sparingly.


The power of print

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As someone that grew up with print, I became familiar with its place in society and saw it as a viable way to transmit information from person to person. However, as time went on, I saw print becoming less and less popular, giving way to a new form of advertising in the form of digital. However, I have also found that despite my best efforts, a pure digital advertising campaign simply wasn’t enough.

Because of the ways in which advertising can affect people, I found out that print advertising was a crucial way to reach a specific demographic of people. It is not so much about the audience, since older consumers respond better to print, but it was also the demographic of people that were not technologically savvy that print advertising helped reach.

Expanding on the idea

What I found as a fan of print advertising was that it helped propel the campaigns with which I was involved to brave new heights. I found that not only was I better able to reach a wider variety of customers, but that people responded well to print advertising. They wrote letters saying how grateful they were that a company still valued print advertising and gave them a better way to remember the products and services.

Once you see digital advertisements, they are essentially useless. Print advertisements can be kept around as a constant reminder of the product, lending even more credibility not only to the company but the advertising campaign itself.


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