Month: May 2017

A terse conversation with a writer friend

“Sir, can a write-up be as good as it supposed to be if I make it look good or readable?”

This question was asked by one of my teammates recently. He is also a content writer in a team which I head. I found the question interesting so I replied carefully.

I said – “If you present your article in a good way by keeping things in order, writing short sentences, and making your information lucid, it will surely increase its readability factor. However, that doesn’t make it an informative and quality piece at all.”

Confused by my explanation, as expected, I received another question from him.

He asked – “I didn’t quite follow you, sir? Are readability and quality two different aspects of writing?”

“Yes, they are!” was my answer. “If you make an article readable, people will likely to take a look at it.  They will feel interested to read it. They may stay on your write up a bit longer.”

“However, this sort of writing discipline doesn’t preclude your write up from catching enthusiastic response from your readers. I mean to say, they will read your content but not for longer if it doesn’t convey values.”

“The point is, readability is one thing and quality is quite another. To make your write up a compelling read for your readers, you have to write it keeping things in both ways.

For example, you need to make it readable and include some interesting facts so that it sounds a great reading. Unless readers feel they are being enlightened in a certain way by your manuscript, they will not stay on your write-up, regardless of how readable way.”

“What if quality content is not readable?”

“That will surely kill the spirit of reading. Suppose I have written a blog and have forgotten to make it readable, there is no use of it for my readers. Though quality-wise, some people may like to read it, but the write-up will fail to earn sizeable viewership count. And this viewership count is a vital touchstone for establishing credence of your craft.”

“If I think correctly, writing is not simply being quality, yes?”

“Absolutely. You have to ensure if your piece is really presentable in both ways – readability and quality wise. To make your write up readable, include points-wise narration of your facts in it. To make it quality, make sure those points are tenable and don’t mean simply a confabulation.

“What about grammar then?”

“See, I will never advise you to be a grammar Nazi. Respect it but not to the point of compromising it with your creativity. Keep singularity and plurality of your Verbs based on their corresponding Subject. Using proper grammar in sentences is an acquired taste; you will come to know of it eventually. Just practice hard.”

Kane And Abel – An Intelligent Thriller Novel

kane and kabel novelToday I have finished reading Jeffrey Archer’s world famous novel – KANE AND ABEL and I must confess this one has been the most gripping book that I’ve read attentively.

Also, this is my first review of any book. Previously I read another book – THE LONG SHOT by Stephen Leather and was irresistibly drawn to it; finished reading it by virtually abdicating most of the things like eating foods on time, reading, and the internet kind of things among other activities that I loved doing or was supposed to do.

Kane And Abel is not simply a novel based on the personal vendetta of two of its leading characters – William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski (Polish migrant to USA) – though the book itself survives on these two leading character’s overtly obsessed hatred for each other.

When I started to read the book, the first few paragraph of the first chapter of the novel held my attention, made me fixated to keep on reading further. Quite literally, I sort of made myself bound to an unwittingly vowed volition of not to leave the book until I am done with reading 🙂

Well, here I am, the man who has finished reading the book, but instead of chucking or tossing it aside, I have actually shelved it in my book shelf next to THE LONG SHOT.

Well, if you think that my bookshelf has just two novels so far, then let me tell you honestly that even though I am sort of bibliophile, I am more like collecting the books rather than reading them. Yes, I am very selective readers; regardless of my intractable obsession with collecting books just like a philatelist.

WHAT I HAVE READ

What I am smitten with the book is the writer’s unfathomable imagination of weaving story for each and every character, particularly those of Kane and Abel’s have been thoroughly impressive, and it is no wonder why the titular novel on both the characters has been the centralized theme of the book.

Otherwise, there is no entertainment at all if either of the characters at cross purpose is shown dead in the middle of the novel. Though it happened, but understandably at the end of the book.

One more thing, the deep-seated hatred of both the characters and the way such revulsion has been demonstrated is what makes the book a must-read. By the time you feel leaving the book for another time, there suddenly pops up certain twist of the event that you feel glued to the book, magically.

While I admire hate-consumed Kane and Abel, I, however, fail to understand if the novelist Jeffrey really meant no meeting of Kane and Abel at all as a friend absolved of their mutual dislike. In the climax, the two key characters; frail and worn out of their old age, come across to each other, half-heartedly acknowledging their presence and then parted their way. It was as if a moment of conversation would melt away their years-long hatred that they kept on feeding in their hearts without anticipating gross consequence of such besotted revulsion.

It was as if they feared that a moment of conversation would melt away their years-long hatred that they kept on feeding in their hearts without anticipating gross consequence of such besotted revulsion.

It was nearly a tearful moment mixed with the curse for Abel when he happens to read a letter sent by a banker friend, revealing to him of the unacknowledged generosity of the deceased Kane who helped Abel by being a nameless contributor of funds for his new venture at his financial juncture.

I liked the characteristic traits of William Kane right from the beginning of the novel and sort of enjoyed his triumph over the board of members at Lester Bank facilitating his ascension to the chairmanship of the bank. However, I must confess that the struggle of Kane can never outweigh or prevail over compared to what hardship and destitution amidst the insufferable pains and struggle to limelight Abel has been through.

In fact, he has earned himself, throughout the novel, a deserving laurel from readers like me and I have no hesitation to say, if it were not the revenge-struck battle of both the characters, the novel would have lost the sheen of what it enjoys from the readers.

Conclusively, Kane and Abel is a tightly plotted, highly gripping novel.

One more thing – You will love this book more if you are profoundly familiar with the stock market and how the prices of shares fluctuate by their ancillary factors. This is because both the key characters in the novel leaves no stone unturned to topple down and humiliate each other by using in place their commendable wits.

Though Abel finally emerges as the winner of this chess-like game of personal vendetta by ceasing the fate of Kane boy into an inescapable checkmate (Kane’s ouster from Lester Bank much before the maturity of his tenure), he still ends up being a loser; at the end morally supported by his foe’s son (in law), his own daughter and infant grandson. THE END.

My standpoint on how to make your writing attention grabber

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To my subjective comprehension as a writer, one must write to EXPRESS, not to IMPRESS.

Having said that, make your writing READABLE; not from the standpoint of what it is, but also from the perspective of how it can help the readers learn from it.

Here is my gentle persuasion for you in this context.

Avoid being besotted with ‘Attention seeking” individual. Also, do not get obsessed with ‘Excellence’, though you must try harder to improve the quality of your craft a notch higher. Thinking that you can make your piece of writing attention grabber is not gonna happen unless you make it readable and informative.

As long as you keep on writing good pieces of stuff that could enlighten others positively, you are always miles ahead in the race than others who write down things just to impress others.

I have also come to an understanding (I find this knowledge quite valuable) that if you have a sizeable stock of “interesting and action-provoking” words, your writing will always stand out from the rest. However, it doesn’t mean to boast of how verbose you are with the words.

Textual eloquence (the way you speak your mind through words) without a real substance falls apart to the discretion of readers, especially those like to read something of substantial value than your verbose write-up. Such write ups draw attention from readers, but just for a short while.

One of the most important reasons behind increasing bounce rates of a website is thin content or the content written for the purpose of impressing others. On the contrary, such writing tactic could pronounce a counterproductive means for your forte; say, for example, readers will turn down your manuscript condemning it a bombastic piece of your confabulation.

I have also learned from my experience, that you can’t impress everyone with your writing. This is not because there is something wrong in your creative expression; it might be like the kind of stuff you are sharing is not actually for EVERYONE.

For example, if you are sharing your expertise on CLOUD COMPUTING on Quora, your stuff will draw the attention of the readers genuinely interested in reading such stuff. Your writing will not entice the readers seeking something else, say, for example, information on why La La Land Oscar win is a disastrous turn of event for Hollywood.

It is good to have mastery of grammar and use this knowledge in in your writing, but you should avoid using it to an extent beyond which your writing looks like nothing but a piece of the robotically generated manuscript; tasteless, uninteresting, and boring.

I mean to say using grammar in your sentence promotes admissibility of your allegiance to grammar, but it also affords to make your write-up sound insipid. For the sake of maintaining taste and appeal, try to restrict grammatical involvement in your writing.

Great poets like Wordsworth, Tennyson loved their creative expressions and spoke their mind through words without thinking about grammar.

Common grammatical mistakes like SUBJECT+VERB+AGREEMENT must definitely be followed. Obsession with grammar kind of slows down creative expression or it makes you feel disoriented.