Have you ever read a book where the author’s words seem to be filled with life and you are forcefully transported to the world created by the rich and magnificent imagination of the author? With sceneries as vivid as if it were real, characters as alive and detailed as real persons, and a storyline and plot so new and unique that your breath gets taken away as soon as you finish reading it. The simple act of reading letters grouped up together in bundles to form even bigger bundles can light a spark to illuminate a whole new world as narrated by the author.
Writing has a wide range of fields where it can be useful and is not limited to just fiction. The news reports you are hearing from your television are written by journalists and are useful to relay information to the people. The reference book you use to study is a collaboration of numerous authors putting together bits and pieces of information to educate young students in a certain subject.
A breakthrough study which could have a huge effect on the world can only be made possible by following a proper procedure and a good recording about the findings. Even the television show you are currently hooked on also needs a competent writer to write the scripts and storyline of the show. Believe it or not, there are even more uses of being a good writer than I can list here.
Aside from the fact that becoming a better writer allows you to make really long essays with relative ease as compared to others, there are a few more perks waiting for you when you improve your writing skills. For instance, writing a lot of articles or essays will really dry out your vocabulary and will push you to look for new words which are more suitable for the situation.
A more competent writer can also become better at verbal communication as you become aware of the rules and grammar due to your experience with writing. You can also gain more ways to express yourself as you can always write down what you are thinking about in your notebook or articles.
Generally, becoming a better writer boils down to two major principles: consistency and correction. Consistency being that you are continuously writing new pieces to improve your writing skills, and correction is where you learn from your mistakes and evolve into a better writer. However, there are certain ways to improve your writing skills which are less vague than the two mentioned earlier. Here are 9 tips to help you become a better writer:
In the age of technology, books and printed mediums are steadily losing popularity amongst individuals in favour of digitalized media. And it is high time for new writers to adapt to survive the fast paced world today. Starting your own blog helps you improve you writing skills by gaining experience writing your topic of choice.
Most blogging websites also have comment sections to allow other people to comment on your works and to point out your weak areas. And do not be offended when someone does point out your mistakes or where your writing fails. Instead, think of it as a way to see your work objectively and work on where you made mistakes so that you will not repeat the same mistakes over and over again.
You don’t also need to be a master of web design. There are many free blogging websites you can use such as Tumblr, WordPress, Weebly, and Wix among others.
If your goal is to become a novel writer and want to learn to write in first person better, then try keeping a diary or journal about your life. This can help strengthen your ability to write in first person as diaries and journals are generally written in first person point of view due to it being a personal account of your life.
There is a common stigma that comes with diaries however where it is seen as childish and immature. You can easily avoid this stigma by being confident in yourself and not minding what other people think. The opinions of other people about your personality will not improve your writing skills, but the experience you gain from keeping a diary or journal will.
Journalism is another subfield of writing which usually involve news and real-life events. This gives you little freedom with what to work on as opposed to fiction but is nonetheless still interesting. And if you find journalism to be interesting, then try to sign up and write for your school newspaper (if your school has any).
Writing for school newspapers allows you to gain experience in the field of journalism and improves your ability to make mediocre events seem interesting without having to alter any information. You can also gain experience covering live events where you have to constantly write down notes and events that occurred to be made into an article later on.
Literary competitions are a great way to test how much you have improved your writing skills. By competing with other individuals and writing on a time limit, you become much more accustomed to the stress and pressure of writing articles with a time limit. You can also gauge your skills as a writer by comparing your results to fellow contestants and making rational decisions of the results.
Most literary competitions also give you a specific topic to work on and that can make you use your imagination to create a really interesting article. This forces you to be more creative and think outside of the box if you want to rise from the competition. If you get the top spot, then that means all of your effort has paid off, but if you fail in reaching the top, then begin to improve your skills again and try another time.
An error most aspiring writers tend to make is being too shy about their work and failing to ask for feedback. Your articles or stories are meant to be read, this is the reason why you wrote it in the first place. Preferring to keep your work hidden and out of sight only defeats the purpose of writing in the first place.
Always try to make your friends or family read your articles and make them give comments about your work. This is called constructive criticism and can help open your eyes to the parts of your work where you need to revise and improve, and which parts you are really good at. Feedback is important for you to improve your writing skills and should not be tossed aside. Without feedback, you would only repeat the same mistakes over and over again and not move a step forward towards improvement.
One of the best ways to improve any skills is to learn from the masters. And what could be a better way to learn from a master of writing than to read their works. Reading a lot helps give you new ideas for your future pieces. You also become aware of new and unfamiliar words to add to your vocabulary.
But most importantly, you can learn how to make an interesting work. If what you are reading is really good, then try to reread that again and look for what makes this work different from yours. This can really boost your writing capabilities as you can learn valuable techniques to keep your readers hooked on your work and not want to let go of it.
Writing includes vast branches of different fields and genres, some of which have already been mentioned in this article such as journalism, fiction, and academic writing. As every human is unique and has their own strengths and weaknesses, it is only natural that some individuals excel at some fields more than others.
Try out different genres and make a decision of which ones you enjoy the most and focus on those genres. This can save you the effort to try and improve in a genre which you do not enjoy. You can then focus your time and energy to improve on the genre which you enjoy the most. This will help you improve your writing skills a lot faster than if you improved your skills in all the different genres of writing.
Another way to strengthen your writing skills is to go back to the foundations and work on your grammar. Improving your grammar skills can greatly affect improve the quality of your work as the words you use will flow more smoothly and will not have any errors. You can also portray what is on your mind better and without any inconsistencies.
To work on your grammar you will need sufficient knowledge about the language you are using and one way to gain sufficient knowledge about the language is by studying. However, if you feel like you have trouble with the language then we have you covered.
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The last tip we can give you to improve your writing skills is to enjoy what you are writing. The article will not be interesting to the readers if the author was not interested with the topic in the first place. It is important to enjoy what you are doing in order for you to reach your full latent potential and improve your skills. So try to enjoy what you are writing to avoid burnout from writing too much.
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