Do you know why people still read the work of Charles Dickens, Shakespeare, Orwell, and George Eliot? Because they were great philosophers? Not at all. Because their writing style and skills were impeccable, they weren’t ordinary writers but artists. They used to create a sketch in readers’ minds and let them enjoy the stories as their own. Earning their level is almost impossible; that’s why they are remembered as legends.
Don’t worry. This article is not going to discourage you. On the contrary, if you want to become a good blog, fiction, script, content, or academic writer, this article will help you achieve your goals.
To learn how to improve your writing skills, follow these tips and see the magic;
Practice, Practice, Practice!
Keep in mind that Rome wasn’t built in a day. If you want to sharpen your writing or any other skill, spend most of your time on practice. You must remember that there are dozens of ways to succeed in life, but there is no shortcut to learning or improving your artistic skills. You have to be patient and practice every day. Your regular practice can make you a prominent writer who everyone will admire and love reading.
Now the problem is usually the new writers don’t know what should be included in their practice routine, how to practice, and how it can improve their skills. This article won’t let you be confused about anything. Instead, it will answer the questions you could have in your mind. The answer to the questions leads us to our next point.
Develop Reading Habit
The first part of your practice should only include reading. In the critics’ world, it is a common saying that “some people need to read, but they are writing.” Your reading habit can help you in many ways. Some of its benefits are mentioned below;
- Broadens the mind
- Deposits more words in the vocabulary bank
- Help in learning multiple ways to write the same things
- Increases knowledge
All of your efforts and practice are useless if you don’t read anything. Reading habit is to writing skills what air to human life. Therefore, try to read something new every day, such as books, blogs, content related to your niche, or real stories from real people on sites like The Doe.
One more thing! Just reading words, paragraphs, or pages isn’t enough. You have to digest every word, phrase, and even writing style. If you can’t understand a term or idiom, search it over the internet, learn it and then move on to the following line. Even if you take half an hour to read a page, you should take your time but don’t ignore anything.
Let’s move to the third tip!
If you are really serious about learning writing, you must write a few hundred words every day. Is writing a few hundred words enough? No, it’s the start! You need to gradually increase it to make sure that you can write more than that.
You can write anything you want, a short fictional story, a blog, a diary, or even your reviews about a book or film. It could help you use the terms you have learned while reading. Besides that, the writing habit can assist you in analyzing where you are lacking and what are your strengths.
It could be helpful if you don’t use the internet or any book to get ideas from that. Because when you get help from external sources, you may not use your creativity and bring out the best of you.
So what to do next?
Proofread Your Content
Once you have finished writing, now is one of the most critical steps that can improve your skills; proofreading. Proofreading the content is essential for every writer, regardless of their experience, skillset and knowledge. In this process, you have to check four key things; writing style, expressions, uniqueness, and grammar.
Furthermore, it should be divided into two parts. In the first part, manually read the content and try to make it better, error-free, and compact. In that phase, check the expressions and writing style. Once you are done with manual proofreading, now is the time to get help from the technology. Use a grammar checker and plagiarism checker to locate if there are similarities or grammatical errors in the content. The plagiarism tool is essential when you write the content for someone else or want to publish the content. It could help you to check plagiarism, and once you are aware of that, then you can easily remove plagiarism and make your articles 100% unique.
Find Your Strengths and Weaknesses
Not every writer is perfect in the world. Even the best authors have some room for improvement. They have some strengths and weaknesses and need to find out what they are. Once you recognize your strong points, you should ensure that you beautify your writings using them and make your strengths your identity. Besides that, you should try to put in some extra work to overcome your weaknesses and improve those parts/elements of your work.
You may be confused about how you can find your strengths and weaknesses; for that purpose, ask the more experienced writers to read your work and judge your writing. Then, they will guide you about all of those things and assist you in sharpening your skills
Writing is an art, and there is always a scope for improvement in the art. That is why writers need to learn something new every day and make their art pieces better with time. The practice could help them sharpen their skills, achieve desired goals, and become better artists.