Good writing skills are a stepping stone towards effective and thorough communication. While writing or composing a blog or a business letter, an email or an essay, our goal should be to respond clearly and directly to the needs and interests of our readers. These ten tips should help us sharpen our writing whenever we set out to inform or persuade. Writing is a skill that doesn’t come easily to everyone; some people have a natural writing flow that almost bursts off a page while others stumble and trip over the words they write. If you happen to fall into the second category, don’t let that stop you. There are a lot of ways and means to increase and enhance your writing skills. Whether you fall in the first category or in the second category you have to follow certain principles which can make you a good writer.
Believe this or not a correct grammatical knowledge has got a lot of importance when it comes to your writing. You may not want to think about nouns, verbs, adverbs, conjunctions or prepositions, but if you want to be a good writer you need to know what they are and how to use them correctly. Using the proper punctuation will ensure that people are reading your sentences correctly. For instance, if you intended a sentence to end, but didn’t end it with a period, your readers wouldn’t be able to make sense out of your writing. Don’t forget to use the spell-check function that came with the word processing software on your computer.
This may sound backwards, but to be a good writer, you need to be a good and avid reader. Try to read something every day. Expand your knowledge by reading different types of writing. If you are primarily a fiction reader, start reading the newspaper or non-fiction books. Read articles online versus magazine articles and see if you notice the differences in writing styles. If you happen to read something that you really enjoy, study the article or story. Use the tips you find to improve your own writing. On the other hand, when you read something you don’t care for, make mental notes of the mistakes the writer made and try to avoid them when you sit down to write.
To become a good writer, you need practice a lot more than you think. Jotting down something each and every day can improve your writing over a certain period of time. There are many websites targeted to writers that offer daily writing exercises. For example, the site may ask you to write the opening paragraph of a romance story one day and the next day it could ask you to write a “how-to paragraph” about grinding coffee. Experimenting with different writing genres will greatly improve your writing. Everyone has their own strategies and techniques when it comes to writing. Some people only write in the morning, while others only write after midnight. Regardless of when you write, the end result is the quality of the final product.