How do you provide such well written answers?
The question originally asked anonymously was: How do you provide such well written answers?
Thank you for the A2A Roger.
First, being asked for this answer is a bit flattering.
I’m not so sure my answers are all well written but if they aren’t it’s not from a lack of trying.
My only training has been High School English classes and having read a few thousand books on a wide variety of subjects by a wide variety of authors.
I have always had an excess of interests and have always wanted to know more about everything that interested me.
I’ve been a firm believer in the concept that some of the best training in writing can come from reading what others have written.
I was curious before Internet access was commonplace and remember how much more difficult it was to gather information on subjects I wanted to know more about.
That’s, no doubt, why I sometimes become annoyed with questions on Quora that could be answered more quickly and often more accurately by a simple search on your favorite search engine.
I look upon that as laziness because I remember so well how hard it was before searches such as Lycos, Netscape, WebCrawler, Alta Vista and a few others many of you never heard of.
I believe in writing one or two answers and producing the best quality, most informative and enjoyable answers I can rather than seeing how quickly I can amass a total.
Sometimes my goal is to inform and other times it may be to amuse.
Occasionally it may be to make you think or even piss you off.
One can learn something from all those situations.
I’m often negative in my evaluations and my opinions.
I know that can be unpopular with many people but the first person I’m out to please is me.
Since I was a small child I’ve seen the benefits in a sometimes negative attitude.
I don’t say this just as an attempt to justify my often pissy outlook.
I often value a good pissy, negative approach in myself and others.
I’m sure you’re dying for me to get around to justifying negativity so I’ll get to it.
I’m a lifelong student of history, problem solving and the general advancement of society.
Personally I don’t give two hoots in Hell about anyone who perpetually goes about spouting positivity all day, every day.
I fail to see where anything has ever been gained by those skipping around and making comments such as, “Isn’t it just a perfectly beautiful day?” or “Life just can’t get any better than this can it?” I can handle the occasional statements like “Let’s take some time out and list everything we should be thankful for.
” I can take that, barely.
If you put me in charge of a crew and expect me to get some work done, make some progress, solve some problems and possibly even create a few innovations I don’t want the people spouting the sentiments I listed in the previous paragraph.
I want some negative jackasses who spout lines like “Son of a bitch, there has got to be a better way to get the seeds out of this fucking cotton,” or “I am so damned sick of producing books one line at a time.
I’ll bet if I did it differently I could make a whole page at a time,” or even “This is too damned slow.
This is bullshit.
I’ll bet if we pulled the cars past a line of people and every one did a different operation we could build cars faster and cheaper .
” Give me those people and I’ll make history rather than waste the day smelling the flowers.
Just maybe my answers aren’t anything that could be considered artistry but some may like them because they brutally advance common sense.
I’d like that.
I’d like that a lot.
That’s how I’d like to be remembered.
Thank you for your support.
Thanks for the A2A.
I do feel honoured that you went through my profile to find out when I started writing here.
To answer your question, I would like to state the following.
I usually write on topics that I know really well about – Bangladesh, Harry Potter, C programming – so on and so forth.
I know what I am talking about.
In most cases it takes just one google search or two to check the facts.
That being said, it’s not like I answer all the questions in five minutes.
For example, I wrote this answer in five minutes: I didn’t like it at all, and thought about deleting it soon.
But woah, it became viral.
On the other hand, it took me around 3 hours to write this answer: It was one of my best answers and I felt particularly good after writing this.
But it didn’t get any views!
Also, it’s my vacation now.
I can dedicate my whole day in writing now.
That would not be the case when the classes start.
The quantities will fall gradually.
Practice is the key.
Read and understand the story.
Memorize some keywords and phrases to quote.
This will fetch you good marks.
According to me, what matters the most is how you start and end up your answer.
Your start should be attention seeking.
For example- you can start your with some quote or making easier you can look up dictionary and memorize some words to use for beginning answers.
And then practise.
Give yourself time limit and try framing your answer within that limit.
If at once you are unable to form a good answer,work upon it.
Open up your textbook and dictionary.
See where your sentences were not synchronised and then refer to yout textbook.
See where you could have framed sentences in a better manner.
Try to find words from the dictionary which could express your stuff precisely.
And once you are done with it, try bringing those words into practice with spoken english.
By doing so, you'll have a good vocabulary as well.
All the best!
Where did you get this dubiously flattering presumption?
Some of my answers appear to be fast because they are part of my long-term experience and knowledge so it's just a matter of organising the material and typing it out.
Over the years, like many professionals, I have written numerous papers, articles, blogs etc, so organising the content is quite straightforward.
I just think and write as I go.
Admittedly, there have been answers that I needed to rework after submission but thankfully these are a small number.
Some answers are left in draft mode so I can work on them over a period of days or even weeks.
These answers are for questions that pique my interest but for which I have no immediate opinions.
So I mull over them and gradually develop my viewpoints.
I'm not sure if this question is for me specifically or is a broad search across the spectrum of very fine Quora writers who are far more qualified to respond.
For my part, I respond to questions that tap into my very narrow knowledge lane.
I know what I know, I know how to learn about new things, and I openly admit to not knowing a ton of stuff.
I enjoy researching multiple sources and analyzing what I find.
I believe in the concept of compare and contrast when it comes to making informed choices, and my pragmatism comes from being raised by two very analytical, appropriately skeptical parents whose own choices of reading materials fill every available space in our houses.
Because I am a writer and editor by profession, I've learned how to organize my thoughts (and edit them) before I hit the submit key (though I do find and fix errors all the time)
In which context ? Quora or UPSC-CSE
I'm assuming my answers on quora.
because I have showcase only these answers so far but same strategy applicable to both.
So first of all, that first sight.
when question comes before me.
if that is according to my taste, I attempt without having any other thought in mind.
I structure the answer in mind and think of all the dimensions related to that particular topic.
Then I find the ways to make it innovative and creative with pictures, quotes, writing style so that while reading the answer, reader should get an awe feeling.
And I try to write a convincing answer resulting to which I got more than 15k views on the very first day of my joining Quora.
I think its really a great achievement.
Thankyou for this question.
Really enjoyed while answering
Thanks for the A2A, Akshat.
Haha, thank you so much! I'm flattered that you think that.
Writing has always been my thing.
Ever since I started writing compositions about Enid Blyton books in school for holiday homework, I realized it's something I enjoy doing and I never stopped doing it.
I think my reading habits have a lot to do with that.
Since I read so much, I write so much.
I guess I'm good at this because I enjoy it.
And I've had loads of practice.
That's the word.
If you keep doing something, eventually you get good at it.
one of the reasons I write on Quora is to know how a wider, more diverse audience will perceive my writing.
Put one word in front of the other.
Be interesting, informative, or at least entertaining.
Stay respectful and friendly to other users.
Add a new perspective or a new twist to a conversation.
And have a cool, popular guy like upvote your ass once in awhile.
I use what I learned in college.
Even though I have a math degree, I took a lot of writing classes.
My teachers loved my writing.
One of them paid me the highest compliment—my papers have things in them that even the “A” papers don’t have.
So, I have an ability to convey my message in a way that is better than most people—even the ones that can get an A.
I do have two amazing books on Amazon.
One is on a wonderful board game I invented, which will be hosted on