How To Become A Better Writer

Writing is usually taken for granted and many people tend to dismiss it as “irrelevant” or “easy.” However, having polished writing skills is more important nowadays than it had ever been– what with all the grammar Nazis roaming the internet. Apart from that, writing well can help strengthen your professionalism and make it easier to convey written messages. So if you’re hoping to follow the steps of Hemingway or if you simply want your words to read better, here are some tips you can follow for you to become a better writer.

1. Read, read, and read

If writing is your engine, then reading is the fuel. You don’t necessarily have to read books either; read about any topic you’re interested in. Look for scientific articles online, read fashion blogs, skim through the newspaper, study fascinating essays. Your vocabulary and grammar will improve immensely without your knowing.

2. Write… a lot

Of course, in order to get better at writing, you’ll have to practice. Writing is still a skill and every skill can be improved if done repeatedly. Write however you want to. Don’t mind your grammar just yet– there’s time for that later. Simply let your ideas flow and write as you go.

3. Know your audience

Writers tend to write for someone– the general public, their loved ones, the abused, or even themselves. Structure your writing according to your audience. For instance, you can’t very well write an article about moving companies Chicago without the slightest clue as to how a Chicagoan thinks.

4. Revise.

Scrutinize your own work. Look for grammar and spelling mistakes, incomprehensible sentences, and awkward structures. For instance, you might have used “your” in “you’re welcome.” Go back and revise your work. This will help you identify your weaknesses and correct it.
5. Focus
Get rid of distractions. Focus on your writing to have better output. Turn off the internet and keep your phone away from you. Getting distracted will only obstruct the flow of ideas. Write and do nothing else but write. This will help you improve your skills.

The News

So where do you get your news? That is not as easy a question as it used to be. With the internet and the increasing popularity of multiple social media sites, there is no limit to the amount of information and news available. Of course not all information online is trustworthy, but the internet is truly a great source of news, whether you are looking for current events, local news, or the latest sports topics.

For those of us who are reluctant to jump on the internet wave, the old forms of media are still abundantly available. Newspapers, magazines, and even the 5 o’clock news are where many people choose to get their daily news. There is still something to be said for being able to hold a newspaper in your hands or turn the pages of a TIME magazine. However, local newspaper companies have had to adapt to the times due to decreased readership of their daily, printed publications. You would be hard pressed to find a news station or newspaper company that does not have a website corresponding to their printed product. Often, there are more features and articles on their websites than are available in their daily printed products. However, a common complaint of these websites is the overwhelming amount of advertisements one has to navigate through when viewing the site on your home PC or laptop. Perhaps a small price to pay for such readily available information.

Social media sites have become a gigantic news source, especially in younger crowds. Sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are where many people, for better or worse, choose to get their news. The problem with these sites is that they can provide very biased and false information. Not to mention, very few subscribers to these sites choose to research the stories that show up on their feeds. They just assume that everything they see is factual. I don’t know about you, but I like to know what I’m talking about when discussing current events. There is surely nothing worse than someone spewing internet “fluff” when trying to take part in an intellectual conversation. “I saw it on the internet. It must be true!”

The only potential benefit for Social Media Sites are its advantages for business advertisements. A company in Markham, ON spoke to us about how they had great success in getting business for their party bus rental. They were able to use social media to more than triple their profits. Many other businesses are able to use social media to their advantage. Apart from this benefit, social media can have negative impacts on the younger generations.

Politics play a very important role in the presentation of today’s news. Several news companies and publications have reputations as leaning one way or the other when it comes to their political affiliation. Republican or Democrat? Left Wing or Right Wing? There is a news channel or publication for everyone. Many of today’s more popular news channels, such as CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News, have around the clock programming where no topic is left untouched. And it won’t take you long to find which way these particular channels lean, concerning politics. I’ll let you do the research and find out for yourselves.

So whether you are “old school” and enjoy walking down your driveway to fetch the daily paper, or “new school” and simply power up your Ipad to get your daily fix of news, we live in an age of endless information. The options are mind boggling. Do your research, don’t believe everything you hear, and for the sake of mankind, keep an open mind. Information is power, but power can be dangerous when in the wrong hands.

Presidential Election

The 2016 presidential election is quickly approaching and there is certainly no shortage of media coverage. Let’s face it, it is nearly impossible to turn on the television and not see something related to the upcoming election. Things will only get worse in the coming months, especially because of the two likely controversial candidates. Barring a drastic change in direction, the candidates will be Hillary Clinton representing the Democratic party and Donald Trump representing the Republican party…well…some of the Republican party. No matter what your preferred media format, there is an endless amount of information, stories, and debates concerning this upcoming race. I once heard from a Roofing Contractor that many of the news outlet can be very biased when it comes to speaking the truth

On television, there are several sources of up to the minute information. Cable news stations such as CNN, FOX News, and MSNBC offfer seemingly around the clock coverage of the presidential race. It is no secret that these news giants have political tendencies regarding which party they support, although they will never come out and say it outright. Fox News has long been known as a staunch supporter of the Republican party and if one were to spend an afternoon watching some of their programming, you would clearly see what I am talking about. CNN on the other hand, has been known to favor the left side and is more likely to support all things democratic. It is clearly the choice for “liberals” concerning all things political. Some may argue this point, but it doesn’t take a politician to see what is going on with these news channels. All of these “national” news giants also have the reputation of presenting current events with an over dramatic style to receive better ratings. Nobody enjoys watching boring news stories all day and these massive news stations feed on this. So watch these networks with an open mind and take some of their reporting with a grain of salt.

Local, smaller news stations have a tendency to remain extremely neutral when it comes to politics and election coverage, which many consumers appreciate. People enjoy forming their own opinions and selecting a candidate that supports the causes they are passionate about. However, local news stations do not have the luxury of providing around the clock political coverage and therefore have to pick and choose which stories they care to cover, so you are not always getting the full story when watching your favorite local news station, but maybe less is more when it comes to politics.

Either way you spin it, the upcoming election is going to be very interesting and provide the media with copious amounts of stories and things to debate. Each candidate is considered to be very controversial at this point. Hillary Clinton is on the hot seat for her much discussed email scandal and her poor handling of the terrible Benghazi situation. Donald Trump is a victim of his own arrogance and loud mouth. His rhetoric has already provided a large amount of cannon foder for television reporters, journalists, and community leaders alike. The road is only going to get more trecherous as we near the election later this year. So bunker down and keep your eyes peeled for the latest stories about this election. You will not need to look hard.

Media impact: What Are Teenagers Facing?

What number of people can admit that they saw a model on television and ran to the gym to exercise?  Or saw the most up-to-date trend in a magazine and high stepped it to the mall?  For adults these influences may well be small, but for teenagers it’s large.  Information heard from teenagers who admitted to doing much of the identical in amongst their peers.  A local doctor took us on an in-depth physical, intellectual, and emotional journey of the results the media can have on our adolescence.

“Do not do what I did.  just be your self and if someone would not like that then they’re surely are not a real friend to you,” pointed out Nate Lefevre.

Nate is one in every of many teenagers who in one approach has tried to fulfill the media’s ordinary of perfection.

“I do not know if I could basically over emphasize how important it is. They get the theory of how they think the world basically looks and the way it really exists.  It tremendously influences their appreciation of what reality is,” mentioned Dr. Toni Goodykoontz, medical Director for In-patient baby and Adolescent capabilities on the Chestnut Ridge center.

That fact is regularly skewed and may have a bad influence on susceptible teenagers.  Dr. Goodykoontz describes the intellectual and emotional toll attempting to reside as much as unattainable specifications can take.

“It leads to melancholy, it results in anxiety, it leads to awful emotions of negative self value,” said Dr. Goodykoontz.

Trying to live up to media necessities can additionally influence in young adults attempting to alter their physical look.

“They go through things like making an attempt to drop a few pounds or making an attempt to acquire definite styles of garb that’s provocative or manufacturer name to reveal themselves,” observed Dr. Goodykoontz.

No longer to mention many normal celebs are beginning to get plastic surgery neatly earlier than their 18th birthday.

“I noticed whatever thing not too lengthy in the past it changed into a mom and a daughter who had collectively had cosmetic surgery.  no longer most effective just the primary hinges of weight loss and weight gain but in reality also altering you understand how they bodily look,” said Dr. Goodykoontz.

Even though the have an impact on of the media is splendid, none is improved than that of folks and close function fashions.  To counteract the media adults ought to help young adults have in mind the realities of the frequently altered photos in TV, social and print media.  And most significantly listen!

Natural Disasters

Natural disasters. Are they happening more frequently? Or is the media allowing us to see it all? It sure seems that every time you turn on the news these days, there is a new story about a natural disaster somewhere in the world. Is the world coming to and end, or are we just privileged in this day and age with better, more comprehensive news coverage. With multiple national news channels available on our televisions, and enough news websites to keep a reader occupied for days, it may lead some of us to believe that there is just more of these “natural disasters” being reported.

Think about it. 20 years ago, the internet was still in its developing stages and there were very few televised news programs other than local news stations. There was simply less media in general. It was very possible for several natural disasters to be occurring simultaneously and we would have no way of knowing about them. Nowadays, we are informed of these disasters almost instantaneously. From twitter, to Facebook, to CNN.com, we are really exposed to a smorgasboard of news coverage. If something big happens anywhere in the world, you would almost have to be living in a cave to NOT know about it. Smartphones make it even more easy to receive up to the minute reports and stories about these natural disasters. We are even able to see videos on our phones of what is going on. Coverage of tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods is only a click away these days. I remember watching a video of a tornado in Oklahoma happening live on my Facebook news feed. I watched as homes were demolished. Roofing shingles were flying around like bullets, and people’s livelihoods were destroyed in a matter of seconds…all on the screen of my smartphone in the comfort of my own home.

One benefit of this massive media presence in these disasters is the footage and stories of recovery. It is very powerful to see a community come together to try and salvage what is left of their lives and begin the road to recovery. Without media coverage of these natural disasters, we would never see what happens in the aftermath. Often, these stories lead to an influx of volunteers who would have otherwise had nothing to do with the recovery process. In many cases, volunteers are turned away because there are just too many people willing to help. Without media coverage, it is hard to imagine this situation occurring.

A possible negative effect of all this coverage is the creation of fear by the media. When all we see on the news is stories of destruction and the loss of human lives it becomes quite feasible to develop a very negative view of the world and the feeling that we are all doomed. This fear can manifest itself in many ways and it is impossible to quantify how much these stories bring about this fear. However, one would be hard pressed to say that we live in a world where safety has become more of a concern than ever, and this is possibly a positive side effect of this “fear”.

Some, however, will still argue that these natural disasters ARE increasing in frequency and that the world may in fact, be coming to an end. This is a bit of a grim view in my opinion and hopefully misguided.