To become a writer or Journalist isn’t an easy trip you can take. It will take consistent efforts and an attitude: never give up! A number of tasks is lurking around just the corner on its way before you confidently say “I’m a journalist!” For example, in the first place, it requires you to be a master of whatever the language you will wire a piece; there is more than tens of hundreds of rules to complete just one unless your interest is just to blog about your daily life.
Ignorance is not a bless but a crime.
Here’s a must list of what you should know before writing in English:
- Grammar rules
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1. Grammar rules
Grammar is there for giving sentences clarity in order for readers to grasp how and what the writers are trying to communicate, in other words, if there is a fragment in sentences, readers might have different ideas from the ones the writers have intended. Also, the grammar rule plays an essential role, functioning as glues that put each grammatical properties — nouns, verbs, objects, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and etc. — into one sentence; however, if writers ignore these rules, putting randomly words here and there, it will be incomprehensible for both writers and readers. For example, you might have been looking the other way when your teacher ask you to use proper punctuation in your sentence, but they do ask you so since each punctuation marks have different features and meaning in themselves: a colon is used for a series of items or expanding on the idea mentioned in the precedent clause, a semicolon is used to put two main clauses together into one sentence when each idea are somewhat connected to one another, and etc. As a writer, you need to manipulate these rules to send a clear and understandable message to your audience.
Using idioms in a sentence can give readers to actively participate while reading your writings since they do not what each words present themselves in a sentence; rather, it will give a whole different meaning as one unit. For instance, the idiom, beating around the bush, means to be vague about something; upon listening to the phrase, you would picture the speaker is beating around a block of bushes with a stick or something, but it is the literal or actual meaning of each word, which means you are picturing the scene as each word represent itself. However, normally when speakers say the phrase, it means to be vague about something, which does not make any sense if it is the first time you hear it. Just try to imagine the scene in your head: a person with a stick is beating around the bush; then, you quickly come to ask yourself why the person is beating around the bush, for what?