To write well, you need to think about who you are writing for. In reality it might only be your teacher who reads the email or postcard that you write in an exam, but it really helps to imagine that you are writing to a real person. So, think carefully about who is going to read this type of writing. Don’t just think about your teacher, think about a 'real' reader. You will get a better mark if you choose the right style and include interesting ideas.

  • Is it an email or a postcard to a friend? You should use friendly, informal language, and contractions.

  • Are you writing a report for your headteacher? You will need a clear and formal style.

  • Is it a magazine article? If it’s for young people an article can be informal and chatty.

  • Are you writing a blog post? If so, write about a personal experience. 

Total votes: 141


Do you think about the reader when you are writing? What writing tasks do you find the most difficult and why? 


mossan's picture
mossan 30 September, 2016 - 08:59

I don´t always think about the reader which I know is bad but sometimes I get carried away and just write what I want. The hardest one for me is writing a report because I am just not very formal when it comes to writing and it just seems unserious.

28 users have voted.
Lujy_English's picture
Lujy_English 2 February, 2015 - 11:49

Sorry for sending two messages!! :( I'm really sorry!!! Cuz I didn't just mean it!! I'm really not careful.

41 users have voted.
Jonathan - Coordinator's picture
Jonathan - Coor... 3 February, 2015 - 03:14

Hi Lujy. Don't worry. I've deleted one of them as it was the same as another message. Thanks, and please keep on leaving comments! We're enjoying reading them. :)

Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

40 users have voted.
Lujy_English's picture
Lujy_English 2 February, 2015 - 11:46

Actually I just write whatever I have in mind about the topic I never think of the reader. Thanks for this great advice

32 users have voted.