Mastering the Art of Writing

The world that we are living in has become increasingly digital, making writing more important. Majority of our communications today whether in our social lives or at our workplaces are made with text via IM or email. With the latest trends in the communication sectors, it is now easier to send messages by the click of a mouse, a touch of a button or by making a tap on the screen. Having the ability to write faster, easier and better is something that an author should strive for.  

As the transition from the analogue era to the digital era seems to be almost complete, most writers are moving their writing from hard copy to soft copy. Readers are now shifting their focus from books to the apps on their screens for fresh and captivating content. As a writer who intends to earn from the fruits of his labor, mastering the art of writing has never been more imperative. What you need is to improve your style and come up with content that captures the 21st century mind. So, how can you make your content more captivating to read? Well, the following are some helpful tips that will help you to master the art of writing: -

Do away with boring parts

Unless you are writing your own personal blog, it is highly advisable that you cut all boring parts. It would be pointless to publish content that isn’t interesting, useful, or both. Therefore, it would be best to leave out the parts that readers skip, either by eliminating unnecessary words or by substituting words that don’t make much sense with those that do.

Write with passion

If you aren’t excited about your own writing, then don’t be too surprised if other people aren’t either. While writing, it is advisable that you fill your content with the breathing of your warm heart.

Keep it simple

Don’t make your readers feel as if they have to be rocket scientists in order for them to understand what you are trying to say. It is best to keep your writing simple and straight to the point.

Write what you know

Writing is a form of communication, and there is no way you can communicate something effectively if you don’t have an idea of the subject. Therefore, it is highly advisable for you to write on the area of your expertise.

Write as often as you can

It is noteworthy to mention that with quantity comes quality. The more you write, the better your content becomes. It is, therefore, advisable for you to write as much as you can, especially on your free time.

Have an open mind to criticism

You should know when to reject acceptance and when to accept rejection. As a writer, you will be putting yourself at the mercy of anonymous readers, who will be more than glad to point out your mistakes ore than appreciate your strong points. Having an open mind to criticism will allow you to identify good judgment when you hear it.

Those are just but some of the helpful tips that can help you in mastering the art of writing. As they say, practice makes perfect, so practice some more and you it won’t be long before your realize greater success in writing. 

The Life of an Apps Addict

"Hello, my name is Paulina, and I am a certified Apps Addict."

You heard that right. I am addicted to mobile apps. Forget about Alcoholics Anonymous. In the era of the smartphone and the mobile app, most people seem better off attending App-holics Anonymous meetings. According to one report, 83% of people who have a smartphone feel “addicted” to the apps on their mobile devices. And it’s impossible not to! If you can think of anything you need to do, there’s an app to help you do it. Just think of a task and the engineers will build an app for it. If you have a smartphone, the possibilities are endless.

When I’m commuting to work or waiting for an appointment, gaming apps keep me entertained. Whenever I encounter a difficult word somewhere when I’m on the go, I trust my pocket version of Merriam Webster’s Dictionary to give me a definition. Dying to try a new restaurant? Wait, there are probably some reviews for it on the Trip Advisor app! If I happen to be hanging out with a group and I see something nice, I’m always the first to whip out my smartphone and Instagram it. But not before I add pretty filters to the photo using the Afterlight editing app or resize it using the Instasize app.

Don’t even get me started on taking photos of my food! Eating out at a restaurant almost feels like it didn’t happen if I wasn’t able to take a snapshot of the dish with InstaFood.

What’s worse is that ever since i’ve downloaded the Facebook and Facebook messenger apps onto my iPhone, I check the site almost anytime that little red “notification” sign pops up. Waking up at 3 A.M for a trip to the bathroom in the middle of the night, my smartphone goes with me. Sometimes I unlock the touchscreen and flip through pages of apps before I even know what i’m looking for.

I know I have an addiction, and it takes away from my quality of life. Sometimes I wish I could just spend one day without looking at a screen, but I constantly find myself seduced by “cool” and “useful” new apps.

"Addiction" is defined as "the state of being enslaved to a habit to such an extent that its cessation causes severe anxiety." Apps can become addictive because we learn to depend on them for so much. Whether for socialization, education, cooking, travel directions, or even "time management", ironically, apps have infiltrated a large part of our life and there seems to be no end to it.

Research consultant firm Latitude in partnership with MTV networks surveyed 1,300 people and found out that up to 77% of them agree that apps serve as their “personal assistant.”

The “usefulness” of certain apps make them almost impossible to get rid of once you’ve started them. Of course, just like there are plenty of useful apps out there, there are also completely useless apps that only function to waste your time. You know what they are. (Ever heard of the Tap That app for Android phones? If you haven’t don’t even bother looking it up.)

If you’re anything at all like me, or like most of the world’s smartphone-carrying population, you’re somehow trying to lessen your addiction to apps. Well, now there’s even an app for that. The app called “Pause” developed by Polidea aims to reduce our dependency on apps. It uses the Airplane Mode of your phone to keep you offline for a set amount of time, and it even features a leader board where you can compete with friends to compare the amount of time you spend using your smartphone. The “Pause” app can help you disconnect from the digital world for a while so you can focus on something real. Too bad I’m not really planning to download it….

Putting an End to the Addiction

Experts suggest that you can manage your use of apps and smartphones in the following ways:

Be conscious of the situations that trigger you to check your phone. Are you just bored? Anxious? Maybe you’re better off looking to something in real life to soothe yourself.

Avoid temptation by turning off the “push notifications” or “alert signals” for unessential applications. Do you really need Plants vs. Zombies 2 constantly remind you that there’s a Yeti Zombie waiting to be defeated?

It’s all about self-discipline. Set a time for yourself where you won’t use your apps unless it’s absolutely important. After a few days of self-discipline, you’ll start to notice that you can concentrate better and feel more relaxed.

Your cell phone is not your extra limb. You can leave it at home without suffering from a hemorrhage. (This is something I need to tell myself from now on.)