Sunday, May 4, 2008

How To Become A Great Writer

Daniel Millions

There are numerous ways to improve your writing skills. Whether your final goal is to write simply for enjoyment, or to become a big-time newspaper columnist, by practicing these tips, you'll be sure to progress.

You can start your quest to good writing by good reading. Immerse yourself in novels, plays, poems as well as articles. Pick out the differences between what you think is a great piece of writing, and identify what could use editing, or more time spent on perfecting it. Reading is a critical step in this process because not only does it give you an idea on how to write a plethora of pieces, but it also gives you a more extended vocabulary, and can give you ideas for your own writing.

Buy a notebook. Without a notebook, there's no organized place to keep your ideas. Bring this prized possession everywhere with you, because you never know when you'll feel inspired. It's also a very effective way to get used to writing daily. By always having a notebook by your side, it's not only easily accessible, but it's always there to grab if you find an amazing story. Just make sure you don't forget a pen!

Join a writing group, either in your community, or on the internet. By communicating with aspiring writers such as yourself, you can network with one another. Ask for advice if you're stuck, or for tips that they use to get the ball rolling. Talking with other writers can only help you, so why not give it a try?

No matter what it's about, or even if it doesn't make sense, just write. If you have writers block, clear your mind, and let the words flow. Take a break from the writing, and go back to it a few hours, or even a few days later. Your writing will becomes clearer, and you'll be able to add onto the writing after having thought about it for a while.

Make sure your thoughts are organized, and not all over the place. Keep your ideas relatable, and don't mix them all together. The reader will get confused if you jump from topic to topic without any explanation in between. Make sure your ideas are well developed, and don't jump around too much. If you do stray from the main topic, just be sure you can bring it back to the topic at the end. Find some reason they were put together in the first place.

Make time to write. If you're too busy to dedicate yourself to writing, even for ten minutes a day, then you won't improve. As they say, practice makes perfect, and without practice, your writing will become monotonous. Settle yourself down in a quiet, comfortable setting and just let the words flow. The more you write, the easier it becomes to think of attention-grabbing openings and witty endings.

Check your spelling and grammatical errors. Even though it sounds tedious, it's imperative to make a good impression. If you were to show anyone your work, and there were mistakes throughout the entire piece, no one would be able to concentrate on the content of your writing, only the blunders. For this reason, make sure your writing is as perfected as it can be.
These tips are just a few ideas that will get you on your way to becoming a good writer. Believe in your writing, and don't be afraid to persevere and take it to the next level. Follow these examples, and you'll be sure to not only advance, but become more confident in your work.

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