We all blog for purpose, we have a goal to achieve, no matter what our purpose is, whatever our goal could be, there is something we can’t move an inch without, its what make the blog a blog, its the contents, good content is a must to every blogger, and this article will teach you some mechanics of writing that can help you create articles of good quality that your visitors will love.
We can’t achieve whatever we want in blogging if we can’t provide authentic contents of good quality.
I created this article to help newbies know how to create articles of grammatical accuracy.
This article will also be of great importance to pro bloggers as it contains many important grammatical topics one may have forgotten.
You can also read HOW TO WRITE A BLOG POST
MECHANICS OF WRITING
For effective writing to be achieved, a writer needs the use of some mechanics of writing.
I will categorize the most important aspects of these mechanics into three broad phases.
PHASE ONE: BEFORE YOU START WRITING
This phase will focus on what you need to do before you start writing your article or post.
OUTLINE OR PLANNING
Before any form of writing should take place. It is essential that a writer put down the information to be contained in the piece of writing. The writer must know what he wants to express and so have his/her ideas clearly in mind one good way is to plan the organization in sentences. A phrase or writing out topic outlines.
A sentence or phrase outline helps us to set a glance at the information and how these are knotted together in a unifying and meaningful pattern.
PROCEDURE FOR OUTLINING
Before actual writing starts, these procedures for preparing an outline may be adhered to:
- Write out in phrase or sentence form the information or points to be discussed.
- Rearrange the points in order relevance to the essay topic.
- Discuss each paragraph, DO NOT discuss more than one point in each paragraph.
- Use a topic sentence as an introduction in each paragraph.
- Express and illustrate the topic sentences with relevant examples.
ADVANTAGE OF OUTLINING/PLANNING
The advantages of outlining or planning are to let the writer and the reader see the relationship of ideas in a piece of writing.
PHASE TWO: WHILE WRITING
This section will highlight some of the best practices you should adopt while writing.
Capitalization is a process whereby capital letter are used at certain points in writing, where the letter is not appropriately used they constitute mechanical accuracy error in writing.
The capital letter is used:
i) To start the first word in each sentence after the application of a full stop
ii) To begin proper name (names of people, place and geographical name) in other words they are used for nouns
iii) To begin important word in the title of books or articles
iv) To show emphasis in writing (foregrounding) when other words are in small letter cases.
v) To show orders of subordinators.
Each piece of continues writing needs to be in paragraphs.
The paragraph is where ideas are introduced and expressively developed therefore, each paragraph deals with a particular aspect of the topic that one is writing about.
The writer must ensure that each paragraph has unity of purpose contains coherence of ideas and completeness of treatment.
While writing in paragraphs:
i. Each new paragraph should be indented from the margin.
Ii. Use the topic sentence to make a general statement in each paragraph.
This topic sentence could be at the beginning of the paragraph middle or at the end.
Iii. Often the topic sentence is the first sentence of the paragraph
Iv. Use transitional or link words to unite the paragraphs together.
Generally, paragraphs provide unit space for expressing thoughts and everything in the paragraph.
Therefore a paragraph must have a direct bearing on the one aspect of the matter or topic being discussed.
Punctuation marks are usually seen in writing but may be implied in speech.
These are marks using a system to bring about breaks in writing some of these punctuation marks are:
a) The Full Stops (.)
The full stops are sometimes called a period. This mark is used to indicate the end of a sentence although it is used for abbreviations they are not mandatory in indicating abbreviations.
The boy is writing.
b) The Comma (,)
Is among the most useful of all punctuation marks it is used for:
i. Separating items in a list
Ii To indicate initial utterance and a direct statement
Iii. To separate the day from months and year
Iv To mark off a modifier
I bought pencil, book and bag yesterday.
c) The Colon (:)
The colon is used to provide an explanation to an earlier part of a sentence.
There are two choices at this time: run away or fight.
d) The Semi Colon (;)
It is used to separate items of equal clause status
You should stop eating so much food; you will have to go on a diet.
e) The Question Mark (?)
The question mark is to ask questions of various kinds
Sometimes, the question mark comes at the end of tag questions
where are you going?
f) The hyphen (-)
This mark is used for word split at the end of a line showing parts of a compound words e.g a non-African
If the space taken by the dash is longer than the hyphen, it is used the expression of an after though
John arrives late — or so
g) The quotation mark (” “)
The quotation mark is sometimes referred to as inverted comma. It is used to enclose direct statement
” where do you live?”
h) The Apostrophe (‘)
The apostrophe is used to show possessive or ownership
It is also used to indicate plurals of letters or numbers
The students’ uniforms are white.
I) The Exclamation Mark (!)
The exclamation mark is used to show any sign of emotion in a statement. It is meant to express love sadness, sympathy or sadness e.g
LINK WORDS (TRANSITIONAL)
For any piece of writing to achieve coherence and unity, a writer employs appropriate link words often referred to as Transitional words or Connectors.
They are classified according to their functions the process is
- For continuation of ideas:
A writer uses these: also and in addition, furthermore, besides, moreover.
- Contrasting ideas
A writer uses these: but however yet nevertheless on the other hand notwithstanding
A writer uses these: therefore thus thence consequently as a result finally in short
- Illustrating ideas
A writer uses these: for example in particular indeed as an illustration etc.
These link word should be used sparingly as too many of them in a piece could be dangerous.
PHASE THREE: ADD HUMOUR TO YOUR WRITING
This phase will mainly list and explain in brief some of the things that will add more humor and beauty to your article.
FIGURES OF SPEECH
Sometimes, the writer uses words and phrases to beautify expressions in writing.
The other reason is to evoke the qualities of experience and give shape to an emotion in the moment of any expression.
Therefore figures of speech are devices used in writing and in a speech to make what one says more vivid and precise.
Some of these are:
This is a comparison in which we say one thing is like another. This comparison makes use of words *as” and “like”
He is as black as a charcoal
This is a comparison in which we say one thing is another (which literally cannot be), it is the stronger form of a simile.
He is a lion
This is another metaphor in which an animate object or an animal is given qualities of a human being
The stars danced playfully in the moonlit sky.
This is a technique in which a part is mentioned to represent the whole.
The word “bread” can be used to represent food in general or money (as in: he is the breadwinner; music is my bread and butter).
It also involves using whole to represent a part
If “the world” is not treating you well, that would not be the entire world but just a part of it that you’ve encountered.
This is a conscious exaggeration used to express a feeling that produces false impressions.
I’ve told you to clean your room a million times!
This term combines terms which are ordinarily contradictory
A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business
I like a smuggler. He is the only honest thief.
This concerns the use of a word in a way to convey an opposite meaning to the literal meaning of the word. There are dramatic irony, verbal irony, the qqqsituational irony.
A novel’s heroine visits her favorite café every day from 11am to 1pm to work on her manuscript. Her brother’s best friend knows this and is trying to find a way to ask her out on a date.The day he gets up the courage to go to the café she’s not there. Where is she? The reader knows she’s been taken ill, he does not. Now, a healthy dose of suspense is added to the plot.
An idiom is a special language whose meaning cannot be understood but through the meaning of the words that make it up.
An idiom has to be taken as a unit and the only way to know an idiom is through extensive reading another way is to through the dictionary.
Here marks the end of this article, which is written in phase, phase one, phase two and phase three respectively.
The phases explain in details what you need to know and before you start writing, what you need to take into consideration while writing and some things that will add humor and beauty to your article respectively.
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