Does writing an essay or report give you anxiety? Would you like to write a book or start a blog, but feel your writing skills are not up to par? If you fit into either of these categories or would just like to improve your writing skills keep reading. I'm going to share six tips that you can implement to become a better writer.
1. If you're not a grammar guru, refresh your basic grammar and spelling skills. Find and use an online resource or take a refresher course. The most engaging story, essay, or blog post can lose a reader's interest if it is filled with spelling and grammatical errors. Two popular resources you can check out are ed2go(www.ed2go.com/courses/writing/writing-and-editing/ilc/grammar-refresher) and Alison (alison.com/course/English-Grammar).
2. Practice, practice, practice. Put pen to paper like your life depends on it. It doesn't but, producing an effective written work of art does. Make writing a frequent and consistent part of your life. A good way to do this is to set up a writing schedule and stick to it. Like most things in life, the more you write the better writer you become.
3. If you are not currently a reader, become an avid reader. Read books in multiple genres written by various authors. This will help you to get a feel for different styles of writing and also aid you in developing an eye for what good writing looks like. Aim to read at least one book a month.
4. Partner up. Find a writing partner, attend a meetup, take a writing class, or do all of the above. This will allow you to learn from and grow with other writers. Be open to receiving constructive feedback and criticism on your work, it will help you to develop and advance as a writer.
5. Glean from the field. If you like a particular structure or writing tool that your favorite author(s) uses test it out in your work. For example, if you enjoy the way that they throw a little humor into their sci-fi novels, try incorporating it in your writing. Mimic, but be careful not to plagiarize. Testing out various forms of writing will help you to develop your own writing style.
6. Go in with a plan. Before you start a writing project map it out first. An outline, whether simple or more complex will help you to stay focused and keep you on topic. Look at your outline as a navigation system or GPS that will help you to get to your destination without getting lost.
I've provided you with six simple steps that will lead you on the path to becoming a better writer. Now, write on!