Some would ask why writing is hard before with a dismissive hand they’d imply, “you’re only putting words into a sentence. It should be easy.” — Believing they’re right.
That is not true, as I’m assuming most of you know.
There are many incorrect notions with these types of assumptions that come. As most, adopt the idea that; because you know the language fluently, by nature you should understand it to fine detail that must come naturally.
For starters, learning a language — is all about regurgitation, and it must be repetitive enough to be effective. There are some everyday examples where regurgitation doesn’t achieve understanding; even if a person recognises how to read and write at a passable level.
They’re still going to ask what a “conjugation”, a “conjunction” or what an “auxiliary verb” is, as they utter words without understanding of it’s original meaning or latin roots.
So, they will construct sentences without recognising the reason behind why these sentences are grammatically correct or why others are not. Something, that can’t be captured correctly by some grammar tools yet but will in the future, no doubt.
Thereby, at a passable level, these people will write at the standard manner and deliver a mediocre message which is what they may want and we are to never judge them for it. A right everyone is entitled to.
However, to deliver a message properly, you must write above average, in order to captivate the reader. This is why they say — “writing is powerful”. Explaining why, knowing grammatical tools like conjunctions and auxiliary verbs backwards, is necessary for creating a manuscript or an academic paper. You need to think.
General Writing is putting the rehearsed language into a basic sentence.
Effective Writing, is putting the rehearsed language into more than just a basic sentence with the intent to deliver a plausible message or storyline with a desideratum use of literary devices.
Sitting behind a computer and stringing words together into a grammatically acceptable sentence that doesn’t become redundant or repetitive, requires more thought and even more revision.
It’s just like someone asking, “why is writing an essay hard?”
It’s a similar principle that follows a certain layout.
For fiction books, what I’ve come to understand, over the years from the many books I’ve read is that they must have a certain structure to be effective. After all, your ultimate goal is to create an authentic world. Even if, others may not like it.
If it is non-fiction, providing details like dates, places, people and physical descriptions that are researchable, is what makes it even more effective. Even if, it will change the course of a biased history.
We all know fiction manuscripts have a beginning, middle and end but what about the sub-plots, themes and devices used to tie all three together. What about the paragraphs in between that connects scenes appropriately or characters to one another?
With an academic paper, it’s the same thing but in a different context. In an academic paper, the first paragraph is often known as the introduction, which will introduce the topic you’re to discuss in that paper, along with all the concepts you’re going to explore throughout the paper in the following bodies with the goal to link everything together. If you so decide to structure it, in such a way. Then, in the conclusion, you must address all points you’ve introduced.
However, the difference between a report and an academic paper; is that you’re to not report on the published work but rather to learn techniques to analyse, evaluate and summarise your findings from the published paper, in a proficient manner. In a manner, that delivers your theory, to your academic readers, skilfully.
If you were to write a report, you’d either be confirming or denying their theory of what has and what hasn’t taken place, depending on what type of report style you’re expected to deliver in response. One of which, can be risky.
All techniques are taught, by analysing in detail classic novels, renowned papers, reports or articles written by educated writers that have sound theories or were witnesses to an account. However, unlike novels. All non-fiction books, articles, reports and academic papers have one thing in common, they are researchable.
This is why writing is hard, especially if it’s researchable, you must know your facts. All of which needs to be solid, just like the foundations of a decent story world and intentionally used literary devices.
So, if someone were to in an off-handed manner comment, “writing is easy”, now you know how to respond.
It’s not and it never was.