Thursday, August 17, 2017

Appropriate Word Usage

Do you like reading? Do you find yourself browsing through newspapers, magazines, novels and non-fiction books?  If you appreciate the "written word" you probably write really well, you've taken notice of writer's put sentences together.   You've seen how words are spelled and discovered that there is a common pattern to writing.  You've observed the complexity and beauty of words whether it be spoken or communicated, you want to use those words to the best of your ability.

A well written story can take you on a journey, you feel like one of the character's.  It whisks you off into a new dimension and time, so engrossing you forget and don't notice the world going on around you.  A really good story will make you feel euphoric, lifting you high into the clouds.  You just can't stop reading and want more and more.

Words are similar to music, the more we learn and discover about them the more enjoyable they become.  It matters not if it's music or words, they're both forms of communications, the more we know about each the better off our lives will be.

It's good to get "back to basics" and remind ourselves of how we express ourselves with words.  Communication can be formal or informal depending upon it's setting.  Usually you can find formal writing in fields such as technical and business reports, scientific and scholarly papers, and legal briefs, the list goes on. The aforementioned cases use the current professionally accepted rules of writing.

Informal writing is more appropriate for poetry, scripts, novels, personal letters, notes, e-mail, messages etc.  In these more casual settings we might want to relax the rules a bit and write directly from our hearts and heads.  Things such as spelling and sentence structure still apply.  The way we write and communicate with one another shows us who we are.  The rules don't suddenly disappear with an email.  All emails should be well structured and composed, just like any letter that is written. It's okay to be messy in personal messages.

Tell me your thoughts about how you write.  I'd love to hear them.

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