Obscurity vs Clarity

Writing is an art. It requires a certain amount of thought and precision. Writing is not the only thing that is important; making sure that people understand is even more important. There is no use of writing anything that isn’t going to make sense to a lot of people. Moreover, writing that induces confusion is even worse! There are a lot of signboards or hoardings for instance that are meant for the purpose of informing a large group of people. However, because a lot of them are unclear, they lead the public two ways, thus causing confusion.

It is firstly very important to remember what you want to convey. Veering from the topic is the first way to cause confusion. Only focus on the subject at hand.

–          Writing something like “the object is red” or something like “red is the colour of the object” are two different things. The first one focuses on the object and the second one on the colour. Choose what your real subject is.


You must decide HOW you want to say what you want to say. Choose the right kind of approach. Do you want your writing to be formal or informal? Dramatic or casual? Focus on that and then right whatever it is that you want to write.

–          Writing something like “would it be possible for you to do it?” and “it would be cool if you could do it” are two different things. The first one presses the reader to do whatever needs to be done. The second one has a more casual approach. Choose the kind of emergency that you need to convey.


Do not leave unanswered questions. If you are going to write in a way that doesn’t keep the reader in mind, you are doing it all wrong. Write in a way that doesn’t leave room for obscurity. Unless you have a motive of creating suspense or intrigue, do not leave questions unanswered.

–          Writing something like “the teacup was full of a clear liquid” is different from “the teacup was full of steaming water”. Don’t leave the audience thinking about something unless you really need them to.


Do not use unnecessary adjectives or metaphors that might cause you to keep track of your own story. Think of how exactly you want the characters and objects in your story to be. Do you want someone to be pretty or charming? Do you want something to be heavy or big? All these adjectives do not mean the same thing!

–          The trick lies in first making a rough copy of what exactly you need. Writing something like “seductive eyes” is different from “beautiful eyes” or “charming eyes” unless you character of course is all three!


Use the correct punctuation and spelling – otherwise your writing will have no pardoning! It is very important to say the sentences out aloud so you know what kind of a pause or expression there could be to your writing.

–          Writing something like “you are” and “your” are two completely different things! Also, quotes and inverted commas are also two different things. As long as we are clear with the basics, we are ready to go!



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About Lipi Mehta

I am a student of the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (UG). Apart from acting like I am busy at college day, I actually manage to do some work as the Editor of www.dfuse.in, a youth-oriented e-magazine. I enjoy reading though I wish I wasn’t so addicted to my laptop!

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