Writing can be one of the most difficult activities in the world. But like any skill it can be improved… the more you do it… the better it gets. This article, however, is about other ways you can improve your writing. All of these tips will help you improve your writing style… but do keep a few things in mind. Your first draft is always going to show some weakness. You are going to have to work at your writing to get the best out of it—but don’t be disheartened. The best writers must keep at it to create their art. Give these hints a go, and see if they help!
Practice, Work and Diminish Your Fear
If you want to get better at something, you must practice – and writing is no exception. Unfortunately, there are few shortcuts that can transform you into an amazing writer overnight, and even the most talented writers had to learn their craft over a period of many years. If you want to improve your writing skills, writing on a regular basis will not only diminish your fear of the blank page, it will also help you develop a unique style.
Conversation, Flavor and Stayed Away From Bland
Become more conversational by including questions in your writing. Study how to choose flavored words; and learn how to avoid bland phrases that make your writing tasteless and yuck. Again, these are all things you will learn as you write more often.
Compose smooth transitions so readers glide from sentence to sentence, and from paragraph to paragraph. Experiment with your voice by changing punctuation and adding a dynamic rhythm.
Make A Friend
The chances are usually good that there is at least one other person you know who also secretly harbors a desire to become a writer. Although writing is typically considered a solitary activity, the best writers know when it’s time to get much-needed feedback on their work.
Talk to your friends and ask someone if they’d be willing to cast an eye over your work – they may spot mistakes that you overlooked. Finding a writing partner is also a great way to hold yourself accountable and keep going.
Be Cruel To Be Kind
So, you’re writing every day, and you’re feeling more confident about your work. Now you’re going to become your own harshest critic. Editing is a tough skill to learn for beginner writers, because they place immense value on the time and effort they put into writing in the first place. However, a lot of writing is rewriting, and this is where the cold, hard eye of an editor will serve you well. Develop the discipline it takes to eliminate words. Resist the temptation to write poetically and get to the point. Not sure if a paragraph works? It probably isn’t. Be tough on yourself, and know when to delete or rework something.