Unless you’re an author, journalist, or blogger, writing is probably not something you think a whole lot about. Some of us journal and take notes, but don’t put much thought into what our writing looks like- and why should we? In this case, the writing is just for ourselves! I know from my own experience, my note taking can easily transfer over to sloppy (and I don’t just mean by my handwriting!) writing when I actually need to send a more formal email off or business proposal.
The truth is, even though many of us write the casual emails and texts – and this form of casual writing is probably what takes up most of our days for most of us – many of us aren’t taking the time or have the correct know how to write better!
It really doesn’t matter what your line of work is, there will be the occasional (or more frequently) letter, court document, resume update you will need to make where your writing will need to shine! After all, we all have room for improvement when it comes to our writing!
While sitting down to write something more formal can seem daunting, there are some easy tips anyone can learn to easily improve their writing- without a whole lot of effort! practicing and learning will take you a long time before you master it. However, once you learn the method, you will be able to write any paper. Here are some of the most important clues for easily and quickly improving your writing skills.
Tips to Improve your Grammar:
- Write dictations. With the help of dictations, it is possible not only to check your grammar but also improve it. This method isn’t always the most interesting of methods, but it is very effective!
- Look for mistakes. Another essential way to improve grammar is to study the rules in the semantic context of speech. That means that it is better to write not knowing the rules than to know all the rules by heart, but not to write. Don’t just look for mistakes in your own work, but look for them in newspapers, magazines, books, blogs, etc. The practice of looking for grammatical errors when reading essentially trains the brain. It will help increase your attention and will ultimately help you become more organized and attentive while writing. It’s also easy to find professional Professional writing help online if you could use an extra boost of help in your writing!
- Read it aloud. Back in our school days, teachers told us to read aloud, to pronounce every word when we were writing, in order to help teach us the right spelling. When we usually read, we do not pronounce each word. This kind of reading only helps us to accumulate images of words through our visual memory. Nonetheless, reading aloud operates with a verbal-motor memory in order to save the images of words corresponding to the spelling standard.
- Rewrite sentences. Rewriting is an effective method to use when you want to improve your grammar and writing. Get out piece of paper and a pen, read the sentence and learn it by heart. Find different grammar forms in the sentence. Repeat the sentence again paying attention to grammar. Write it down without looking at it and then check your sentence.
- Play word games and draw. To remember the spelling of a word or a rule in which you constantly make a mistake, you can just draw it. How you will do it – depends only on your imagination! To improve grammar, this also comes in handy for solving puzzles, crosswords, and anagrams. Once you know how to improve your grammar, we can work on improving your writing in general with some more important clues I’ve listed below!
Tips to Improve your Overall Writing:
- Keep all your papers organized and in one space. Use notebooks, folders, a laptop, and notepad for your papers. By gathering them together, it makes it easier for you to find your previous writings and compare them to any new writings you may currently be working on. By doing this, you will be able to easily see any improvements you’ve made and where you might need to put a little more effort into next time.
- Don’t ever stop practicing. It sounds simple, but to improve your writing skills, write as much as possible! Try to do it every day. By making small steps each day, this will help you easily and quickly refine your writing skills!
- Start writing right after having chosen a topic. Start writing as quickly as possible, without thinking for hours about the topic. It doesn’t matter what you write about, the important thing here is to just start writing. For example, describe the objects that you see, people who surround you, the view from your window. You also can write a dialog and put it in a story. If it is still difficult for you to choose a topic, write about your interests and passions, or your goals, where you see yourself in five years, or how much you’d like to see your writing skills improved!
- You don’t always have to start from the beginning. You don’t always have to start at the beginning! You can start writing the body of your text, the conclusion, whatever is coming to mind most easily. Leave spaces between the text when writing so you can easily find your place to add more text. When all parts of your paper are written, put them in order using numbers for each paragraph. This helps improve your work by keeping you more organized in your writing.
- Write something extraordinary. When you have learned and practiced how to describe things around you, try to do it from a new angle. You can rewrite the story from the part of another narrator, or from the perspective of other people surrounding the events. Use various tenses, use your imagination, and create! Look for inspiration all around you and use it in your writing!
- Ask your friends or family to edit or read your writing. It always helps to have an extra eye! Often times we don’t notice our own mistakes. Also, if you draw on the help of a friend, he or she might give you some new ideas which in turn can help improve your writing.
- Good place-good writing. Try to write in the places you like the most. It may be a garden, a bench in the local park, your local coffee shop, a bank of the river, the library, or anywhere you feel at peace, inspired, relaxed and/or joyful. Sometimes, there is too much noise and by seeking out a quiet place, it can help you reach a better focus and draw on your imagination and creativity more easily to begin writing. You also can use noise-canceling headphones or listen to music while writing to help inspire you. Choose the appropriate time for your writing – early morning, lunchtime or night, or the time of day you feel most creative (most people experience this within the first 3 hours of waking) By choosing your most productive, inspired time. You will be better able to arrange your thoughts, focus, and draw on your creativity.
It goes without saying, the more you write and practice these skills noted above, the better your writing will become! Don’t give up, stay inspired, draw on the help of loved ones, practice, and let the creativity start flowing!