Tips On How To Write Well
In order to start writing-savvy, you have to know how to write well. Whether you are a student, professor, stay-at-home parent, or whatever; you should always be looking for ways to develop your writing skills.
And guess what? Learning to be a better writer is possible! You don’t have to be the smartest person in this world to be a good writer. You just have to have a desire to want to improve your writing skills.
If you want to become a better cook, what do you do? Practice cooking! If you want to become a better golf player, what do you do? Practice playing golf! If you want to become a better dancer, what do you do? Practice dancing!
And guess what? If you want to become a better writer, what do you do? Practice writing! It really is that simple.
All you need in order to learn how to write well is a desire to want to write. You need a little time, practice and patience. With the right attitude and guidance you can learn how to write well.
Tips for writing improvement.
**Note: These tips are not meant to be applied directly in this order!**
- Practice: Anyone that is trying to improve on any skill or craft must practice. Writing is no different than anything else. In order to become a better writer, you must realize that writing is a process and you must write a lot!
- Follow grammar rules: When writing your sentences, be cautious of how you are forming your sentences. Are you using correct punctuation? Are your words spelled correctly? Should you be using a better vocabulary? If you are not following grammar rules, it truly distracts your readers from what you are saying.
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- Determine your audience: When writing, it is important to know who you are writing to. By determining your audience, you will be able to use appropriate language and a format that is appropriate. It is ok to use slang if you are writing an informal note to your friend. However, you wouldn't use slang in an essay because your audience is your teacher. Your audience is important.
- Determine your purpose for writing: What is your point or goal for writing and is it clear? If not, go back and make it clear.
- Know what you are writing: You cannot fake knowledge. Your audience can tell if you are lying or if you are an expert on your topic. If you aren’t an expert, become one. Don’t be afraid to invest some time researching your topic. Remember if you tell misleading information, people will not trust you. If you want to seem credible, try quoting the works of others (if it relates to your topic).
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- Try prewriting: Before writing it is a good idea to plan and organize your ideas so you can present it in a way that is effective for your readers.
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- Let your paper sit and then go back to it: Give yourself some time to review your paper. It is best to let your paper sit for a day or two after you write it. Then go back to it with “fresh eyes.” Doing this will allow you to catch grammatical errors you may have missed. Having a friend read your draft is also extremely helpful. Also, try reading your paper backward. I know this may sound silly but it really works to help you find grammatical errors.
- Plan a rewrite: I can’t tell you how many people do not write a second draft for their papers, but I can imagine it is a lot. Everything you write should be properly edited and written a second time. There are so many things you catch when rereading your paper that you do not catch the first time. This is a very important part of learning how to write well. If you need assistance with editing, let writing-savvy help you.
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As you follow these tips, remember that writing is a process. It is a procedure that takes developing. To improve any skill entails having the right attitude and dedication. With these tips, you can truly improve your writing skills. Start practicing now!
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