How to Write Better

Joseph Letizio ‘22

From networking to collaborating with others, during these last few months I have discovered a few tips in terms of how to write more effectively and some topics in which to talk about. Some areas in which you could explore if you are thinking about writing about the entertainment industry, you could perhaps write about local nightlife, events you have attended and lastly you could write about reviews whether that be music or movie reviews that is up to you.

Next, it is important to write about what is important to you, as I’ve talked about it previously, you could write about the entertainment industry. For myself, the entertainment and fashion industry entice me to want to explore what is going on around the world. During the past seven months, I have learned the basic elements of writing; from grammar to spelling it is important to know how to write effectively no matter what the topic is about. Some websites which are helpful are Grammarly, and Ginger. I started using Grammarly in college to improve my essays and now have transitioned this to other forms of writing. In addition to this, it is important to look towards reading about certain topics that you enjoy reading, similar to writing if you read about topics you care about not only will you be able to develop a stronger vocabulary but through doing so when you talk to people you will have knowledge about things in the industry!

Though these are all great pieces of advice, it is important to note that the best way to develop your writing skills is through doing it, plain and simple. Similar to athletes, and students who get good grades the only way to do so is to just do it. Anything and everything can help you develop your skills so here is a list of questions that are ideal for various interviews.

Open questions:

● How’s life treating you?

● What’s next for you?

● Who are your biggest influences?

● What’s your definition of success?

● What does a typical day look like for you?

● What do you do during your free time?

Music:

● Who or what inspired you to make music?

● What is your creative process like?

● If you could open a show for any artist who would it be?

● What do you enjoy most about the music industry?

Through these various questions, we can then step back analyze these questions and recognize what we can gain from asking these questions. For example, If you could open a show for any artist who would it be? With asking this question you will be able to understand which artist they admire and what you hope to become. Even though this is a great question, it is important to have moderation. When you asks to many questions you would not be able to gather nor explore questions that may come up when talking about a certain question. Next, you want to avoid questions that aren’t going to provide you good results, for example if an artist doesn’t have a relationship with one of their parents you want to avoid a question such as has your parents influenced you to become the artist you are today.

High End Individuals:

While desire for pleasure is on everyone’s mind, it is important to recognize the way you come off with determine if you are able to lock down an interview with a high end individual. One factor I learned when I was younger from my grandfather who has seen his share of celebrities throughout his days. He taught me the importance of having a clear line of communication, allowing the individual to know what is going to be asked is highly important and as I touched on prior avoiding questions that are touchy topics. In addition to this, being authentic is important. As these individuals may have a higher class than you, but it does not take away that many of these individuals were just like you and I before they had their big break. Another note, that I should add is to find common ground, which means name dropping and creating portfolios to illustrate the work you have done in the past.

Writer’s Block:

When I have writer’s block, as most writers have from time to time, one thing which helps me progress is a quote from J.K. Rowling is best known for the Harry Potter fantasy series. The quote I often go back to is;

“The wonderful thing about writing is that there is always a blank page waiting. The terrifying thing about writing is that there is always a blank page waiting.” – J.K. Rowling

In a world filled with self doubt, it is truly wonderful to know that what you hope to create has not been created yet. It is up to the curator and designer to know when to walk away, but only when we continue do we realize how amazing our pieces of work turn out to be. Although writer’s block is not ideal it will not last forever, you have to work through it just like anything else in life. The things we want most often take time to flourish but this is only done through hard work and perseverance.

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