9 Ways to Become a Better Writer!

Can I tell you a secret?

I wasn’t always in love with writing. Similar to a relationship, once we became familiar and learned to coexist, we’ve been able to live happily ever after. Of course, I can’t take all the credit for this divine union. I was lucky enough to have great teachers who influenced my writing skills. Through the years, I’ve used the following 9 methods to become a better writer.

Sleep on it: I understand that time is money, but don’t be in a rush to complete every single publication. By letting your article sit overnight, you recharge your creative juices, wake up with new thoughts,and a fresh pair of eyes.

Proofread: It’s imperative to proofread. Nobody likes run on sentences and misspelled words. Proofreading gives you credibility, and it makes your paper look a whole lot better. Read it three times, and read it backwards. You can never over proofread.

Ask yourself four questions: What is the purpose? What is the medium? Who is my audience? What is my message? Being unaware of  your purpose before you write is like driving without a destination.

Read: The best writers are the best readers. Reading opens you up to new vocabulary and ideas. Make it a goal to read something once a day. It can be a short article or a blog. The only rule is: it has to be written by someone else.

Freewrite: Create now. Organize later. Your writing does not have to be perfect (at least not the first time). Brainstorm with original thoughts to work into your final draft. Sometimes no structure produces the best results.

Share with a friend: Friends don’t let friends publish bad work! Let a friend or coworker be your test audience, and accept criticism from those around you.

-Practice, Practice, Practice: Like the cliche says, “practice makes perfect.” Michael Jordan didn’t become the best by sitting on the bench. There will always be something to write about. Exercise your writing muscle as often as you can.

Change your environment: I’ve been contemplating taking a creative vacation. Maybe a cabin in the woods, a hotel at a resort, or beach house. If that doesn’t work I know my local Starbucks would do the trick. Sometimes you just need a change of scenery to enhance creativity and inspire new ideas.

KISS, (Keep It Simple Stupid): So, you know a lot of sophisticated words? Your readers shouldn’t have to depend on a dictionary or thesaurus to understand your article. Use laymen terms and avoid jargon. Simplicity beats out complexity everytime.

There are so many resources available to help you strengthen your writing skills. Subscribe to Copyblogger  or visit the Purdue OWL Writing Lab.

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