What reason do we have to write? We don’t recall the first time we began writing—or typing—our first word, but we always have a need to. From tracing the alphabet to our names, learning how to write new words to building entire paragraphs, we write with a purpose, but what do we gain from it? More importantly, what difference is there to writing “I’ll take note of that.” compared to a single “k” to family, co-workers, or even someone in a higher position? Here we list down our top ten effects with writing clearly sooner than later… and by the end of it, you’ll want to start.
10. Our words read better
—which is the most obvious effect in clearer writing. We write for any of the following reasons:
1) to inform and/or to teach,
2) to persuade and influence,
3) to entertain, and/or
4) to express,
but if our words are incoherent—or in a simpler term, ‘unclear’—our writing wouldn’t do its job. A similar example would be to randomly put pieces of hardware (for building a computer) or mixing different ingredients (for cooking) expecting a working computer or a delicious cake; the results would be disastrous. Though anyone can see what you intended to do, it doesn’t make it any less pleasant to see.
Writing clearly wouldn’t help build your computer or recipe, but it can certainly make your words look nicer.
9. It’s less stressful to read for other people.
In connection to #10, your words read better not only to you, but to the other people reading it. Imagine having to check countless articles and papers, only for you to grow frustrated when they make little sense. It also makes reading a waste of time, which anyone can feel if your sentences appear confusing and boring.
You help both you and your readers make your works visible, free from headaches (or most of it)!
8. You can impress them, too.
Who wouldn’t be impressed if you improved your writing? It shows your communication skills, one of the most basic skills any person needs in everyday life. It doesn’t matter what age you’re currently at; people take notice of good and clean writing. If you need examples of this, give someone two versions of something you’ve written: your first draft with obvious mistakes and a more edited version checked by others. Without telling them who wrote it, ask them which they would take seriously.
Speaking of which…
7. You appear more educated, capable, and are more likely to be taken seriously.
More applicable to academic or business writing, writing clearly presents you as a professional—or at least someone who took attention to their English classes. If you want people to read what you say, you have to get their attention and focus. As mentioned in #9, very few would take the time to read difficult paragraphs, let alone understand your point with it.
You also get an idea of someone’s thinking and intelligence based on how well they can form their sentences. Ask yourself: what would others think of your words now?
6. It could become a side job to write. Or a new hobby to work on.
Like any form of art, good, clear writing needs hard work. The good thing about writing is that you can PRACTICE to write as well as a #1 best-selling author or a newspaper columnist—and eventually you might even be paid for it! It’s also never too late to start improving your writing and be noticed for it. Some famous examples of such writers include Bram Stoker, who wrote “Dracula” at 50 years old, and Anthony Burgess, who published “A Clockwork Orange” at age 39.
5. People will notice your writing (and/or its improvements).
If you still have English and/or writing classes, your teachers or professors will take note of it. As an employee, your boss and/or co-workers will understand your suggestions and explanations without any confusion. By enhancing your words, you bring attention to yourself. With that…
4. You’ll help yourself with future careers, businesses, and/or academics.
Writing well provides opportunities for anyone in any field. Future graduate students require a large vocabulary and control over the English language in order to produce their publications. People of all ages can join contests with cash prizes or sell their written works. You can stand out from other applicants through your cover letter and be asked for an interview.
Or—who knows?—you could become the next #1 best-selling author.
3. You learn and gain more from writing clearly.
We talk about what happens to your writing and the people around us if you write clearly, but what about you as a person? Could it develop you as well?
The answer is “yes, it does”. Being able to effectively write gives you a boost of confidence and the ability to better describe your thoughts and ideas. It also works as a mental exercise for you that, with enough time, will be easier to train; you become your own proofreader and see what you can do to put your point across.
2. You can influence those around us with your words.
When you speak, you make a difference. The same applies to writing, but it can survive longer than you can. Whatever is published online—in emails, forums, comments—and offline—books, articles, essays—affects at least one person. One bad message can cause a chain of miscommunication, and even humiliation, but a good phrase or sentence can make one think. It becomes a part of their life and thus making you a part of it as well.
1. Writing is powerful. It helps other people understand us.
There is a good reason why writing clearly is important, and the number one effect when writing clearly is that you can communicate properly. In other words, you can clearly express ‘you’. It’s possible that bad writing can also define this, but words work in a way to help you in saying what you think and feel—which is why we should take advantage of it.
We can have any number of reasons to write, but by making our words and sentences clear, everyone benefits. Our writing will help outwith our long-term goals and to make progress for ourselves and others.
Want to learn how to write more clearly in English? There are plenty of references that you can search for online. You can start with “The Elements of Style” by William Strunk Jr. with an online PDF found here: Download Online PDF