I’ve been reading and writing ever since I was a young kid. I used to read all the books my father read, and had probably read at least half the books in my local library! And I’ve been a writer, blogger and author for about 10 years now. In that time I’ve learned a lot, but I wouldn’t dare say that I know all there is about writing. In fact, I’m still learning myself!
That said, I have learned a thing or two about writing, and going on to become a better writer. Simply because I’ve been writing for about half of my life time now. And as a professional and experienced writer, I know that I will never learn everything there is to know about writing. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to achieve that complete and total perfection as a writer.
I’ll never be the best I can be, and that’s okay! Nobody is perfect. And nobody has full and complete knowledge. Everyone is still learning. Even veteran writers like myself! But for every day that I’m alive and writing, such as writing this very article itself, I’m learning new things, gaining new experience and going on to improve and better my writing skills & talents.
Be a Better Writer by Reading More
Yes you’ve probably heard it said before and it’s something you know that makes sense. But by reading more, you will become a better writer. Even if you don’t write much! Simply reading this one article will improve your writing skills. Because you’re seeing, reading and learning how to write like a professional, from reading the writings, of a professional.
Whether it’s books, novels or fact based stories, magazines and newspapers, even blog writing sites, journals and just about anything else. Challenge yourself to read more and this will pay dividends when it comes to your writing skills. You may already read a lot and power to you if you do. But for those that don’t but want to be a better writer, go read some more!
Also another good tip is to check out book review blogs as these will have reviews worth reading for books you might like to read. By reading these reviews, and subsequently the books, that will only go on to strengthen and improve your writing skills even more. Or, how about joining a writers market? These are increasing in popularity even more today than ever before.
We learn from others when we see what they’re doing and how they do it. So one way to learn and progress as a writer is to take the time to read more of those best blog sites for writers. Look at their writing and see how they are doing it. Are they writing differently? Is their writing stronger or weaker? At a higher level or even a lower one?
Be a Better Writer by Writing More
Of course, this is obvious, it’s a no-brainer! We learn from doing. Practice makes perfect as they say. Especially when it comes to writing. If you want to be a better writer, quite simply, write more! And it doesn’t really matter what you’re writing about, although writing articles on things that challenge you will help more than articles that don’t.
You could keep a personal writing journal and or even take on writing exercises which you can find free online. As you take on such writing tasks, you’ll pick up new skills and experiences which you’ll be able to apply in your writings. Whether it’s learning new words or how to string them together. Writing more goes on to make you a better writer plain and simple.
Write It and Read It Aloud
Now here is one of the best writing tips I could ever give for a new, and even seasoned writer, or even as an experienced writer still! And this is one of the best ways to proofread your articles as well. And that’s simply to just read them out loud. Literally read your article from start to finish aloud yourself before you send it off to be published.
When you read your articles yourself silently in your head, it’s easier to overlook and miss some words and terms that another reader would quickly pick up on and notice first time round. So by reading your writing aloud yourself, you’ll pick up on and catch many of the mistakes you’ve made within that article or articles.
So take the time to read aloud your own written work before publishing it or sending it off to be published. I always do this for my clients articles before sending it to them for approval. And I know many journalists that do this too. Such as newspaper and magazine journalists and publishers.
Remember to Spell and Grammar Check
No matter how good you think you are at writing, typing, spelling & grammar. Everyone makes mistakes from time to time. Whether it’s a typo, or forgetting to dot an i or cross a t. Always run a spell check and grammar check on your articles before you publish, send for publishing etc. And that’s on top of reading it aloud and getting someone else to proofread it for you.
Writing isn’t an exact science and you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to be a great writer! You just need imagination and determination and experience. Put all these three elements together, along with these tips, and you’ll go on to be a great writer!