4 Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills
Fledgling writers are always struggling to find some way towards improved, skilled and meaningful writing. Some people think they simply can’t improve beyond what they are – that they are simply destined to be mediocre writers. This is strictly not true. There are many ways that new writers can improve their writing skills simply and effectively. Here are four ways towards improving your writing skills permanently :
- Read. Reading and writing go hand-in-hand; always have, always will. One of the primary ways to help improve your writing skills is to increase the time you spend reading. Reading will expose you to different writing styles, points of view, literary tricks, and even basic concepts and ideas. This will enrich your writing with new levels of depth and style. Read, and take in everything you can; previously written word will help you craft better written word for the future.
- Emulate an author. Now that you’ve been reading more, take some direction from your favorite author. Do you enjoy the gothic, dark tones of Poe, or the diverse beat-inspired styles of Jack Kerouac? Once you’ve chose a writer, try to compose a piece in a similar style. Explore the kinds of flourishes, literary techniques, pacing, descriptions and themes that the author uses. This will help you craft not only a similar piece, but possibly a meaningful one as well.
- Keep a writing notebook. A writing notebook could conceivably be anything – a journal, a note-taking book, even a preliminary concept for a novel. The key here is to have a place where you can write every day. It also helps to use this notebook to explore different aspects and topics of writing. Perhaps one day you try to write in the second person; another day you try to write about butterflies; still another day, you write as if you are from another time period. The key is to write consistently and write freely, but maintain some form of focus during the writing. This will not only improve your writing, but it will lead you to see what style of writing you enjoy the most.
- Revise and rewrite. Once you’ve started writing a good amount, don’t believe you’re magically becoming better – on revising and editing can help you do that. Reread the content you’ve previously invented and find ways to make it better (and trust us, there is always a way to make things better). Pinpoint weakness or errors, and snuff them out with clearer, deeper, more descriptive revised versions. Learn to rework and improve the way a text sounds, and you’ll be able to make gold out of clay – at least when it comes to writing!