What makes a writer, well...what makes them good? According to Webster’s dictionary, it’s the ability to write effectively or to put thoughts into writing in an interesting, clear and graceful manner. But what does that mean, exactly? What are some effective ways to make your writing stand out from the rest? And how can you accomplish this while still making sure it's understandable? This article will guide you through all of these questions and more to ensure that your writing project has an introduction, content and summary.
Use writing structure to capture the reader's attention
While it’s important to make sure you have all three sections, it’s equally important to make sure each section follows its own specific structure. To do that, simply identify what type of information will go into each section. Your intro should be your strongest piece of writing. It will set up what comes next and introduce yourself as a writer. Be careful not to bog down your intro with extraneous information or quotes that don’t support what you’re trying to say.
How to form an excellent and informative introduction
A well-thought-out introduction is key to ensuring you don’t lose readers. It must grab their attention immediately so they continue reading for longer than 30 seconds. You can do that by making it personal or simply making it interesting. An explanation of what you’re going to cover as well as why you’re doing it should be included here as well. In fact, readers need to understand exactly what they’re going to get from reading your post from beginning to end before moving on from here otherwise chances are they won’t be interested enough to want to continue reading at all.
Detail key points in the body content
When you begin a piece of content, it's common to think about what points you want to make and then just dive into them. However, if that content is valuable and informative—and is, therefore, more likely to be read—readers mustn't have to spend time sorting through all of your points to get what they came for. A good place to start with prioritizing points is by creating headings for each main idea; beneath each heading is where you detail out its key points. The more valuable your content, the more valuable it becomes when people can easily scan or skim for their desired information.
Recap the information to remind readers of what they've learned
One important component of successful communication is making sure readers walk away with a clear understanding of what you’ve written. This is especially true for online communication: When we read online, it’s common to scroll past a post without really reading it. So if you want people to understand what you’re saying or to remember what they’ve read, be sure to include a brief summary at the end. In addition, make sure that each section flows logically from one idea to another—this will not only make things easier for readers but will also make it more likely that they'll remember all of your points long after they finish reading. Remember: Effortless communication is effortless reading.
Writers should always create an introduction, detailed content and a conclusion to ensure that their audience can easily read through. While many view these three items as time-consuming exercises which make them procrastinate on writing their main text (which they care about more), they are all crucial to ensuring that your audience remains engaged with what you have to say. Provide some context by starting with a brief description of what you’re going to talk about (your topic) before introducing a few interesting facts or statistics about it. Then follow up with a succinct summary before moving on to reveal anything else you want your readers to know.