Jaywriting

GV Rama RaoStarred Page By GV Rama Rao, 23rd Apr 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3f8w3ie6/
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Jaywriting,an authorism coined by me is akin to jaywalking and should be avoided. Please read the guidelines.

Introduction

This piece is about jaywriting distinct from gay writing or walking. It is also not about walking in the shape of the letter as walking in a figure of eight. Probably this piece is the first to use this word and setting aside modesty the writer claims the unique privilege of coining this word.

The word jay was originally a synonym of rube which meant crude, rural resident or a country bumpkin. Jayhawkers, American guerilla fighters in Kansas in the 19th century were the first group to use the adjective jay. Jay writing has nothing to do violence and should not scare the writers at wikinut.

Origin

The word jay was first associated with drivers of automobiles. Before these vehicles of personal transportation became popular, the roads were considered public property. The vehicles and pedestrians used the roads in order avoiding each other and averting accidents. However, some drivers hogged the roads and forced the walkers on to the sidewalks. They were called jay drivers a derogatory term to describe drivers considered dangerous to humans. With the increase in the number of vehicles busy cities like Chicago enacted rules for the drivers and pedestrians in 1920. Sidewalks and zebra crossings were introduced for the safety of pedestrians, and the roads were given for the use of drivers. The pedestrians protested the curtailment of liberty, but their counter campaign against jay drivers failed. Now the pedestrians who cross the street without seeing the signal walk do so at their peril.
Pedestrians in different countries show varying respect for such rules. In India, roads are used by vehicles, bipeds and quadrupeds with all exercising due caution to avoid each other. In smaller towns, the animals take a siesta oblivious of the density of traffic.

Jaywriting

Jay speakers are another group who merit mention. They are hyperactive during elections. They start speaking on a theme and keep digressing at every level and lose sight of what they started about. A learned professor in my town starts on a subject and in a show of his erudition, vaults over various subjects and quotes renowned authors. His speech sounds impressive, but at the end the audience often wonders what he spoke about.
Jay writing is akin to jaywalking and jay speaking. Here, the writer pays scant respect for rules. Unfortunately, writing, although an age old tradition has no definite rules. Writers can write whatever pleases them, but the readers discard writing that makes no sense or does not appeal to them. The litmus test for a writer is to hook the reader and keep his attention till the last word. With the emergence of social media like Facebook and Twitter, the attention span of the readers has been progressively decreasing.

Guidelines

Today pedestrians walk following the rules to return home in one piece. Writers should also follow certain rules to develop their writing readable and stand out in the plethora of words one sees every day.
Guidelines.
Although no authority to give advice, I have a few guidelines to aspiring writers.
1. Stay focused on the topic you are writing. It is advisable to create a line plan for your blog or article. The paragraphs and the arguments should be arranged in a logical pattern.
2. Avoid repetition and redundancy.
3. The piece should be politically correct and should not hurt the sentiments of any section of people of religion or beliefs.
4. Avoid gender bias. Today women are vocal in asserting their equal rights. Writers should avoid words that annoy women. It’s better keep updated on this subject. For example, his is now accepted for his/her.
5. Avoid clichés and hackneyed words. These words show bankruptcy of vocabulary.
6. Avoid gratuitous sex in writing except in a purple prose contest. Sex sells, but in blogs and articles it has little or no place.
7. Avoid excessive use of adverbs. Use strong verbs instead.
8. Long words intended to show off should be avoided. The reader is likely to be put off by such words. Simplicity is the best. Incidentally, the latest SAT in the USA is going to dispense with difficult words and go in for words commonly used in a work place.
9. Use minimum words to convey the idea.
10. At the end, do self editing and remove all unnecessary words and explore the possibility of reducing the word count.
11. Use correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Jay writing is to be avoided to get a large readership, more page views and make more money for your writing.

Wikinut is one of the best sites where you can write your pieces, share your thoughts with a fabulous writing community.
Please read my 120 pages mostly of humor.

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Attention, Attention Span, Brevity, Cross Over, Drivers, Driving Accidents, Grammar, Grammatical Errors, Guidelines, Jaywalking, Punctuation, Punctuation Rules, Redundancy, Rule, Simplicity, Walking, Writing, Writing Articles, Writing Skills, Writing Tips

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
I am a retired naval officer and a published author with three books to my credit. I am a winner of nanowrimo competition for 2008,9, &10. I like humor best..

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
23rd Apr 2014 (#)

We both have 120 pages, give or take! Great minds! I didn't know that about the SATs, but think it's about time. While I worry about the dumbing down of America, I worry more about great people not being able to study what they want in school because they don't happen to be wordsmiths. Great article highlighting jaywriting and how to write well.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
24th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks Phyl for your appreciation.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
23rd Apr 2014 (#)

GV, I loved this especially since I had also just completed a piece on free writing, which could be considered a related subject.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
24th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks Peter for your comment and appreciation.We are on the same page

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
23rd Apr 2014 (#)

Good afternoon, GV. Loved this. I am a strong believer in improving on the craft of writing and think all of your suggestions are on target. Thanks for writing this, GV. Enjoyed it. ~Marilyn

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
24th Apr 2014 (#)

My dear Marilyn,
Thanks for your comment.
I've linked your article Lineplan Even for Online, and the site said the link was good. But I don't see it.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
25th Apr 2014 (#)

Good afternoon, G.V. It's the thought that counts - thanks for thinking my article was worthy of this one where you introduce a new word :) I rarely meet someone who coins a word, good for you. I'm using this in a piece I got started on right after reading, but have another to get up first. I hope there are not problems with linking yours. Again, thanks for trying to link mine. ~Marilyn

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
23rd Apr 2014 (#)

Very well written, GV, and finely illustrated. Indeed you may have coined a new term. I agree with almost all your said, except the point on Political Correctness. Great literature, like art is often messy, bizarre and offensive. While I do not advocate "gratuitous" offensive references, sometimes one has to be true to the character or the scenario's voice. Nonetheless, keep the standards high.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
24th Apr 2014 (#)

My dear LR LaverdeHansen,
Welcome to my pages, and thanks for your comment.I agree with you, but I am addressing this to the aspiring writers. Once you break into the elite circle, you can make your own rules.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Apr 2014 (#)

Well said GVR. There is always room to improve the art of writing by keeping our eyes and ears open - siva

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
24th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks Siva for your comment.

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author avatar wonder
24th Apr 2014 (#)

A good guidance and the Jay word will be a good reminder.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
24th Apr 2014 (#)

My dear wonder,
Thanks for your comment.

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author avatar BNelson
24th Apr 2014 (#)

I never knew where the term jaywalking came from.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
25th Apr 2014 (#)

M y dear BNelson,
Welcome to my pages and thanks for your comment.

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author avatar Carol
24th Apr 2014 (#)

This was very interesting to me.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
25th Apr 2014 (#)

My dear carol,
Thanks for your comment.

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author avatar WOGIAM
24th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you for sharing the jaywriting tips.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
25th Apr 2014 (#)

My dear WOGIAM,
Thanks for your comment.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
24th Apr 2014 (#)

Love it!

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
25th Apr 2014 (#)

My dear C.D. Moore,
Thanks for your appreciation.

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author avatar Kingwell
25th Apr 2014 (#)

Good points.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
25th Apr 2014 (#)

My dear Kingwell,
Thanks for your comment.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
30th Apr 2014 (#)

most interesting indeed...

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
30th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks Carolina.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
8th Jun 2014 (#)

Congratulations! You are Author of the Day!

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
9th Jun 2014 (#)

My dear Phyl,
Thanks. I should be writing regularly soon.

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author avatar Ptrikha
27th Nov 2014 (#)

Interesting article, using a great analogy.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
29th Nov 2014 (#)

My dear Ptrikha,
Thanks for your comment.

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author avatar The Divine Mr. R.
1st Jun 2015 (#)

I agree, jaywriting as you call it is an annoying and disruptive habit.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
2nd Jun 2015 (#)

My dear The Divine Mr. R.
Many thanks for your visit and comment.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
3rd Jun 2015 (#)

Having seen that someone posted a new comment here I thought I would review the article and comments again.

As I said before free-writing is a closely related style. Jay-writing or free-writing can allow a writer to express themselves by just emptying the mind about a topic, the idea is to use it as an exercise of expression, not as a route to publication. Free writing can be a great way of letting loose, but it is also associated with a great many errors, spelling, grammar, and syntax and thus the results should not be published without serious editing.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
3rd Jun 2015 (#)

My dear Peter,
Thanks for your comment, but I didn't get the drift of what you were trying to convey.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
4th Jun 2015 (#)

I was saying that free-writing gives a writer an opportunity to simply put down on paper anything that comes to mind about the topic they are looking at. Trouble is free writing can also become a source of a great number of errors so should never be considered for publication without serious editing.

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