I seem to have lost my flair for writing impromptu for I havenï¿½t been able to cook up a decent beginning since some ten and five minutes off the clock. Does that make me a bad writer then? Good or bad I leave my comment crew to decide, all I know is that I need more lemonade as a starter too cool off my grey cells in Karachiï¿½s sizzling summer season. (44 degreesï¿½..dam).
Now that I’ve religiously gulped down two glassfuls, I think I’ll let my random thought process do it’s magic. So for the sake of asking, does good grammatical usage ensure a good article? HHmmmï¿½ï¿½.. I think I’m ‘almost’ completely sure that it doesn’t. True a good usage of vocabulary does spice up an article. It’s like having home-made mango chutney with dal chawal( ï¿½ï¿½scrumptious), but I doubt whether youï¿½d want the same chutney with halway puree and kabab paratha tooï¿½ï¿½., some might, but others might barf at the very idea.
I remember an English language teacher of mine once advised me to keep a dictionary by my side every time I were to undertake the task of reading. It seemed to me then as the most annoying habit since the flow of reading would be ruined every time Iï¿½d make a quick search of the word for itï¿½s precise meaning. A friend of mine though, kept up with this irritating habit, and though she isnï¿½t academically strong, her control over words and their usage is superb. While I still have to run around the house looking for a dictionary while reading a slightly difficult book, ‘my friend’ gloats at her prior knowledge of the grammar.
So there, I’ve said part of my pre-mature opinion on the topic, good grammatical usage does assist writing at times. But the article itself banks first on it’s main plot, and secondly on the way the writers’ thoughts have been put down in ink. Expressing oneself well, should not be confused with using bright flowery language. It simply means whether expressed simply or not, the thoughts should be clear to the reader.
So if you were to say you like cats, as opposed to ‘you adore the feline family’, you’d be a hundred percent correct, an extremely well expressed either way. The only objection your reader could have here, is your love for the cats. That objection, is perfectly comprehendable.
It’s a separate issue altogether, and a very important one too. Whereas the writer needs to get a certain thought process across, care must be taken that the article doesn’t get too one sided. One must never force one’s opinion on others, or make others seem so. The reason one usually writes about a certain issue is because they feel moved- to write- and they wish to share their thoughts with others. Thus if one introduces a certain perspective in a subtle way, one is more likely to be listened to. The readers may not always accept your way of thinking, but theyï¿½d be more comfortable with appreciating the effort you took to scribble down your thoughts.
Ending with the question I began with, Is good language proficiency all you need for a good article. I don’ quite think so. What about you?