I am still trying to re-learn how to write. As a matter of fact, I was a competitive writer then, I am not just sure how I became someone who doesn’t know how to tell stories anymore, I thought that’s my innate talent, but I think I am mistaken.
Let’s see. In English class we were instructed to learn as many vocabularies as we can, we then taught how to use them in sentences. Next, the teachers asked us to create paragraphs and then, later on, we were constantly given an assignment to write a composition. That was one of the many homework that I enjoy doing, or, to be more accurate, that was the ONLY homework that I was having fun doing. All of my English teachers had encouraged us to read in order to hone our skills in vocabulary, critical thinking, sentence construction and, I guess, creativity. Those times were also the best times in school for me.
During high school, I was a part of the journalism class. We were taught there how to make news articles, editorial, sports news, feature and even literary. I learned that there are different ways to start your entry and every article has its own formats. For the news, the 5 Ws and H should be present on the lede or what is widely known as the introduction. The article itself has an inverted pyramid structure, meaning that the writer should start from the most important bits of information narrowing down to the least essentials. To be honest, I was having a hard time doing that. Yes, I could write a news article, I can make lede easily, but when it comes to the succeeding paragraphs, I find it difficult to organize my thoughts. Actually, I find every bit of information very important, that’s the reason why I usually take a long time figuring out what details should I put next.
What follows is the editorial. There are a lot of different types of editorial articles. At the beginning, I thought that the sole aim of editorial articles is to convince the readers of anything that the writer want them to believe. However, upon studying it further, I learned that the columnist could use other voices when writing in the editorial column. S/he could argue, inform and interpret, commemorate a special occasion, events or people and entertain (I had to google some of these other types since I already forgot about them).
Next, sports news… Oh wait, I hate writing sports news. I cannot recall anything from it aside from having a lot of sports lingo in it that the writer should be familiar about. The only lingo I can remember to this day is “rally”, which means the continued tossing the ball from one team to another. It was commonly used in volleyball…or is it in badminton? Or maybe both?
Feature and literary commonly come hand in hand. These two are my most favorite genres because it appears like there are no boundaries or certain rules to be followed. You can start your entry by introducing a quote from a book, from a famous person (or even from an ordinary one) or even an excerpt from a novel, poem or song. You just have to be creative enough to really make a good feature or literary article.
Okay, here comes the ending. Most genres mentioned above ends with a conclusion and that is what I am lacking in my recent entries. As I’ve said, I do not know how to write anymore and so, most of the time, I am finishing my posts in some kind of a random statement. I remember that in order to have your article to be memorable with the readers, it should have a strong introduction and a strong last paragraph. Just like the introduction, there are also different types of conclusion, but I will save it for another composition, that is if can find the motivation to write again.