How to Achieve Perfect Writing Skills?
Are you an aspiring writer who wants to perfect your writing and editing skills so that you can move ahead in your career? Or, are you a high school or college student who wants to fare well on your writing assignments? No matter who you are, the following tips will give a boost to your writing and make you a better writer.
Writing is regarded as one of the most essential skills in today’s world. Whether you are a student or a working professional, you are going to require good writing skills to properly communicate and connect with people. Writing is not only about communicating; it is about expressing yourself to others. So, here are few useful tips to follow as you set apart to improve your writing game:
Become a Better Reader
We have already talked about this tip before, but it never gets old. People fail to comprehend the correlation between reading and writing. So, let us reiterate its advantages:
- Reading expands your mind and gives you better ideas
- Reading boosts your vocabulary
- Reading books and articles can give you new ideas about sentence structures, phrases, and idioms
- Reading newspapers and magazines keeps you updated
Reading is one of the most powerful tools a writer can have, because it helps you form new ideas, create better content, and use advanced vocabulary. A writer who does not take advantage of resources like books, newspapers, and magazines can never perfect his writing skills.
The argument that you do not have time to read because “TV shows are excellent these days” is not valid. Of course, TV shows are addictive, but if you want to be a writer, you ought to make some sacrifices.
We have come across a lot of individuals who aspire to become better writers but do not make writing a part of their daily schedules.
Spare just 30 minutes every day for this activity: take a pen and start writing. It can be noting down your thoughts in a personal journal or blogging about a recent film you watched or writing a short review of the last book you read on Goodreads – anything that makes you form sentences will be fine. According to researchers, if you do something on a daily basis, you become a master of that activity.
Keep a Notebook of Ideas
We all have realized by now the powerful trait of the human brain: how fast it works to make us forget about a brilliant idea we just thought about. You can do all the brain exercises you know, but retaining that school of thought is going to be tougher than writing a bestselling novel.
The solution is to keep a small notebook of ideas. Whenever you think of an idea – just about anything – just jot it down on this notebook for future reference. For example, Jane from our editorial team keeps a tiny notebook in her purse at all times. She pulls it out and jots down random thoughts whenever she feels like, and later converts them to elaborate articles. She then publishes them on her blog and shares the links on her social media profiles. If you ask us, Jane is one of the best writers we have today.
Such is the power of an idea notebook. If you are too digital-savvy, you can even use smartphone apps like Evernote for this purpose.
Getting a Diploma in Creative Writing won’t make you a better writer. Sure it will help you in your professional career, but just having more credentials is not enough.
You should look for more knowledge when it comes to mastering any skill. If you believe that writing comes naturally to you, think again. Check your grammar and punctuation abilities! See if you can effectively explain the difference between past perfect and past participle tenses to a 10-year old. If you cannot, you need to go back and brush up the basics.
Being a better writer means having all-round knowledge about it. You may be good at American English, but do you know the difference between British English and your native language? What is the Chicago Manual of Style? Why is AP Style regarded universal? All sorts of questions related to writing must be answered and understood.
Remember that learning to be a writer is a slow, gradual process. The moment you stop practicing and expanding your knowledge about writing, you stop being a “better writer”.
We hope these tips will guide you to the right path. They have proven to be useful as they have made a lot of us better at writing. The key is to never stop learning and practicing, and you will soon perfect your writing skills.