One time, maybe you feel you want to write something, but the words that you produce didn’t exactly what you want. You feel frustrated, of course. That’s not uncommon case, almost everyone who want to get better at something, in this case writing, will feel that kind of feeling.
To be better at writing takes a lot of time, and practice. Just like to be better at something you should invest your time at it, keep practising hours, hours, and hours. But even so, if you are doing practice without trying to be better for hours, you may not do great in your improvement. So, for that, there are simple tips to get your writing better.
1. Read, Read, and Read More!
The first thing that you need to do is to read more, whatever it is, brochure, social media post, or whatever you can find on the internet. Reading is closely related to writing, by doing this will help improve your vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, or maybe different style to communicating ideas. For example, if you need to write a description of a house, you can start by read some other house descriptions, from books, magazines, etc.
2. Use a Conversational Writing Tone
Write like you converse with your audience.
Your writing needs to be flowing as to keep your audience engage, which is the job of conversational writing tone. Conversational writing feels like a one-on-one conversation between your audience and you.
It’s real, meaningful, and relevant. It creates closeness or familiarity between you and the readers, ideally by using language and phrasing familiar to the audience. And be sure to avoid long words and sentence construction at all costs!
To write with a conversational writing tone, for a starter, you need to start picturing your reader, maybe your potential favourite reader. Imagine her opening your blogpost. Picture her nodding along with your points, or even giggling at your silly jokes. Then, she would eagerly click through your blog spot to find what she needs.
That’s because she feels like you’ve written for her, personally. It’s as if you’re answering her questions exactly when they pop up in her mind.
3. Imitate Writers that You Admire
Did you become a writer because you read something beautiful, or cool? You’re not alone? But, even if you’re not, don’t worry about it. You can start to find your favourite writer now.
Great writers have their own unique writing style. To make it clears, imitate and plagiarism are different thing. Imitating is focusing more on style and structure rather than content, while plagiarism is the opposite.
Here’s how to do an imitation to improve your writing:
Once you’ve finished reading a book, a story, a poem, or any other type of written work, write just a few paragraphs or pages in the same style. You can imitate by writing a “missing” piece—whether that be a scene that occurred offstage, a rewrite from a different character’s perspective, or an event that could have fit plausibly within the world of the story—or you can write an imitation that takes place within a separate story. The point, whether using your own characters and settings or not, is to notice the qualities that make that piece of writing unique and emulate them.
4. Create an Outline Before Start
The blank page can be intimidating to anyone, even to the most experience writer. Writing an outline can help you get over any initial writer’s block when starting a new writing. An outline can also be used as a brainstorming tool, helping you to develop your thoughts, so you know just what it is you want to write.
That’s why before putting words on your paper, better to sketch out an outline of what you plan to write, it’s like your map before going into expedition, it keeps you from being lost. If you start to feel lost, you can always refer back to your outline.
An outline doesn’t have to be complex. A simple framework of which sections should appear in a particular order, along with a few sentences about what each section contains, may be enough.
In general, here’s step to outlining:
- Brainstorm all of the ideas you want to include in your paper.
- Group related ideas.
- Sequence the ideas in a logical order.
- Label your ideas with headings and subheadings. The labels should be precise enough that they help you develop a topic sentence for each section of the outline. An effective outline is not a list of topics, but rather a framework for a set of ideas.
- Write a draft of your outline.
5. Don’t Forget to Edit Your Work
So, you’ve finally finished your first draft. Maybe it’s a novel, or maybe it’s an essay book. Or, maybe, you’ve written an article. And when you re-read your writing, you spot mistakes, maybe typos or spelling errors. There is no shame to have it, every writer makes a lot of mistakes on their first draft.
Great writing doesn’t just happen at the first time you sit down to write. It gone through from multiple editing. While editing your work, you need to keep in mind the stage of writing you are at and what you are hoping to accomplish with your editing.
Every single step in the editing process is essential. The first draft should be a time where your creativity is given free reign. The following drafts help to turn this creativity into something that is well written and easy to read.
So, by the time you reach the fifth draft and so on, you will probably only be looking at basic proofreading (such as punctuation and spelling errors). Keep in mind on what the draft you are working on, so you can have correct editing.
6. Sit Down and Start Write
Sometimes the most difficult step in the writing is to actually sit down and start your writing. By this point, you should have a clear plan of what you want to say, and a general idea of how you want to say it.
It may seem daunting, but remember that the hard work is now done! All you need to do is convince yourself that you are capable (which you are), sit down in front of your notebook or computer, and execute your communication!
7. Keep Writing and Writing!
Last but not least is to keep writing!
Practice really does make perfect! If you compare writing to a skill like cooking, or even playing a sport, you cannot expect to improve if you are never practice.
Try to set yourself daily writing exercises, they don’t to be long time-consuming, even the simplest one like just committing yourself to writing a single paragraph for a day is enough. You can even partner up with someone else who also wants to improve their writing skills and read each other’s paragraphs to see where changes need to be made.
No piece of writing will ever be perfect – you have to know when it’s time to let it go. As you become more confident, the “writing” part of writing will become easier and faster. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your pen and start Writing!