Posts tagged ‘Opinion’

December 2, 2010

Two key reminders when writing

Writing as a craft can be challenging. You need to be able to express your thoughts effectively in two primary ways.

Firstly, you want to feel that the message you are putting out is congruent with the message you intended when you started writing that article/post/story/etc. the words you write should satisfy you own creative nature in some way. Your works should contain some personal expression or personal touch that allows your bias and opinion on the subject to show through. Having this will not only allow you to feel as though you’ have expressed something, but it also makes your writing unique. Only you can have your specific thoughts, beliefs and perspectives.

When inserting your personal bias or opinion, try not to overwhelm the information. Having an overload of one person’s perspective may turn a reader away because they feel that they are being told how to think. Leave it open ended with your opinion sprinkled throughout. If you are trying to prove why your opinion is strong and valid, use facts and information to back it up. Use positive intonations to emphasize important points as opposed to degrading differences in opinion with negativity. Point out why your perspective is positive and avoid pointing out negativities, the reader can determine these for themselves.

Secondly, you want to ensure that your reader will understand the underlying message that you are trying to express. If you are writing about how coffee affects the brain, for example, you want to keep the information on topic and relevant to the effects of coffee on the brain. Going off topic can be very easy to do, but needs to be stopped before it gets too far. The person who is reading your article/post/story/etc. needs to feel as though they can relate and associate with the content, it has to have enough of an open personal touch. Pull people in with words that open up possibilities and create imaginative thoughts and pictures.

By providing open ended thoughts and ideas, you are creating the opportunity for conversation and debate. With the personal touch, you can show that you have thought on this topic as well as researched it.  Be open to constructive criticism and remember that each person will have their own individual view on the information and opinion you have presented. Work with your readers to provide a full spectrum of information and maximize your abilities.

Your writing should satisfy you and your readers at the same time. If you are not satisfied with your writing, take a break and try writing from a different angle or perspective. This can facilitate your brainstorming as well as causing you to look at a subject or issue with new light. By staying open-minded you will create the potential for reader relationship which will only help to improve your own writing abilities.

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November 27, 2010

Opinion piece: Peace and Pacifism

continuation of this post on my other site

In a world that seems divided and overwhelmed with misery and violence, is it possible to find the source of it all? In terms of determining what is important and what isn’t, people get so caught up in the need to be right. But in knowing that each person has their own unique and different perspective on any given situation, can any one person be right? Each person’s view on a subject will be that their opinion is right, but does that mean that everyone else’s view and interpretation is wrong? I don’t think so.

If it were possible to take a step back, for everyone to take a step back, and look at the fact that everyone is right then would there still be anger and violence? Maybe, but I think it would be less. Less because others would be more accepting of different views, less because the different views would be taken as what they are instead of taken as a personal attack. If you have faith in your own views and opinions, then you would not feel attacked or put off by someone with a difference in views and opinions. Taking the defensive indicates lack of confidence in yourself, is that the message you are trying to send out?

Believing in your own opinion and your own thoughts is tantamount. Using your beliefs to attack others will only cause unrest and malcontentment. Listen to opinions with an open mind, keeping in your own mind that you can disregard the opinion if you don’t find it valid. But don’t attack others based on their opinion, differences is what make us unique and add to the depth that is humanity.

Caring for others even if you do not believe or have faith in the same things and carry the same thoughts as they do creates compassion. Compassion breeds caring and understanding. A world that is full of compassion and understanding can flourish and be sustained. Less focus on differences being negative, and create more focus on how differences can help us move forward as a species and increase our own level of humanity. Always remember that others are always open to compassion and understanding as long as they feel that they themselves are being treated with compassion and understanding.