Back to the topic, the importance of clear writing for a visual artist. In communication, we heavily rely on writing such as emails and documents in society. Competitions and any applications require writings. In the assessment of competitions and applications, good clear writing stands out you from others.
Plain English is enough and essential, because, for example, application and submission limits words. "Write it even for an eight years old kid can get!" is my motto. (*My sociology tutor gave me at uni.) My writing must get readers to follow my thoughts. I want them to say, "Ah-ha, Sadami wants to tell me that-and-that," after reading, don't you? "Smooth information flow" is the key. You do not need to write like a PhD thesis. Wishy-washy foggy sentences are DON'T.
The tips for clear writing on a sentence, a paragraph structure and proof reading.
"Technical" rules on sentences. Basic and essential.
- simple sentences = short sentences in right punctuation, spell and grammar.
- tell what you want to say straightforward.
- tighten up sentences = delete unnecessary words.
- use your familiar words, if not confidnet in a new word.
- entire writing has a "theme" = what you want to say.
- entire writing is divided into paragraphs that respond to the theme = easy to read.
- a paragraph has a structure = a topic sentence, a body and a conclusion.
- each paragraph connects well by conjunctions = smooth information flow.
Do Proof Reading
- Get your friends to read what you've read! Get feedback!
- Read loud your own writing. **Clear writing is easy to read out = if you cannot, your information flow is poor or stuck somewhere.
Regarding publishing industry, in globalisation, illustrators contact publishers all over the world. A formal and clear writing is essential in communication. An editor and an Illustrator exchange thoughts about texts and pictures by email. If an email does not covey an Illustrator's message, poor communication will mess up a project. As far as I know, successful illustrators and big names often have studied education, social science, particularly, English and linguistics. Many editors, too, are from education, English literature and language areas or experts of English/language.
Friends, Happy Painting and Writing, too!!