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What To Know About Writing In Kenya

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Do you love writing? Is it a passion for you? You can turn your desire into a professional career. In this article, you will discover various types and styles of authorship found in Kenya, what your niche may be and how best to apply it and the icing on the cake: you can be paid for it!

There is a delusion in Kenya that this is not a real job or a serious career to pursue, yet every day we see individuals, institutions, companies and businesses seeking quality content for their websites, profiles and blogs from freelance and professional writers.

Most writers in this sub Saharan country should seriously consider pursuing this line and specializing in the genre they excel in instead of being general essayists.

It is no longer just a hobby but goes hand in hand with being paid for the transcripts you write, however finding legitimate and honest clients and transcribing gigs that pays well is pretty challenging- especially if you’re still green in this sector. Patience is key, regardless of whether you specialize in proposals, blog articles, review articles, web pages, transcription, research /academic articles, song composition, technical publications, curriculum vitaes and resumes to name a few.

This is the oldest form of communication and is a manner of expressing knowledge, opinion and human emotions in written form. A good command of the English language is vital to becoming a great and skilled writer and understanding the different types of styles used and knowing how to apply each one is imperative. Every writer has their own style and technique which naturally mirrors their personality. It is important to remember to remain focused on the purpose of each and every article you write as different tones and styles are used  to highlight and emphasize the genesis of the content.

Types of Writing:

There are four main categories in which all penmanship fall under:

Narrative:

Is normally used to tell a written story: fictional or non-fictional. All autobiographies, poetry, novels, biographies and short stories are under this class. It has characters carrying the story and a person telling a story/event from their perspective or point of view.

Expository:

This is mostly found in textbooks. It is used to explain people, an idea, place, things or relationship and provides information about things. It is also referred to or is known as information writing and the author offers factual information about a subject not their own opinion. This style is found in magazines, editorial scripts, textbooks, DIY/how-to articles, newspapers, recipes, business, technical or scientific articles.

Persuasive:

This type is used to persuade/motivate/encourage its audience about someone or something: definite and debatable topics. It is based on a personal point of view and the opinion of the writer. It is seen in cover letters, letters of recommendation/complaint, editorial and opinion segments of magazines and newspapers and reviews of hotel, movies, books, restaurant, music or city.

Descriptive:

As the name depicts; is used in describing things like events, characters, places in detail and vividly for the reader. Descriptive penning is poetic in nature and is often used in conjunction with other forms so that the reader can appreciate the story more profoundly. This type is used in journals, poetry, diary logs, fictional stories and nature bios.

Other Types:

Other types to consider are:

Objective:

This is formal in nature and includes well researched, scientifically, statistically supportive evidence and facts. The writer remains unbiased and neutral, letting the readers form and make their own judgments and opinions.

Subjective:

This is an opinion and belief driven form of penmanship. The author writes about their own perspectives, thoughts and feelings. The authentication and correctness of the content is irrelevant to the writer as it is based on the author’s own observations and experiences; giving the reader an exclusive insight into the author’s mind.

Creative:

Any form of penning which originates from the imagination is called creative writing. This is the art of conjuring and making up things and can be seen in crime, fiction & non-fiction, horror, screenplays, biographies, short stories, scripts and playwrights.

Review:

In today’s world, most people read the reviews of a product or service online before committing. This is a work of art as it requires and needs both descriptive and persuasive skills. People review electronics, companies, movies, restaurants, hotels, vacation destinations, food, cosmetic products, books, services and toys. They are solely dependent on the writer for the information they will need; to buy or not to buy the product/services offered.

So if you are thinking of venturing into this line, it is key to note that a great writer is concise using easy-to-understand language, is observant, keen and vigil; paying attention to detail in the article they are transcribing. They are disciplined, time conscious and proficient in their work. Clarity is one of the greatest and most valuable qualities for a writer; being able to break down complex thoughts into simple segments is a bonus. A strong and solid vocabulary base is a trait every writer must have and acquire to be the greatest in this sector.

If you are ready to put your skills to good use, there are many online jobs in Kenya that you could pursue from article writing, screen manuscripts, academic articles and blogging to mention a few. The Internet is full of individuals and companies’ looking for competent writers to hire and the beauty is you will be getting paid for what you truly love to do: write. In conclusion, always do your due diligence; research any online jobs , ask for referrals, read their reviews before committing. I will leave you with this ~ ”If you want to change the world’s perspective of and on life; then pick up a paper and write: change destinies by the stroke of your pen”.

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