CAREER ADVANCEMENT / JUN. 21, 2014
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How to Improve Your Writing Skills

Writing plays such an important part in our every day lives. We write texts, compose personal emails, send long business emails, business letters, draft proposals, and so much more. You may not want to become a professional copywriter or novelist, but improving your writing skills is essential if you want to succeed in life.

So how can you improve your writing skills?

  • Writing -- Truth be told, the only way that you'll get better at writing is by writing. Just sit down at your computer or with a blank sheet of paper, and start writing. No matter what it is that you are trying to write, practice is the only way to perfect your craft. Make it a goal to write 500 to 1,000 words per day, and you'll find your skills will increase drastically!
  • Read -- If you want to see how professionals write, it's time to read. If you want to become a novelist, read novels. If you want to write professional content, read books and website content that mirrors the style of writing you want. Reading is the best way for you to see how things are done correctly, and you'll be able to model your writing after the professionals.
  • Blog -- Keeping a blog is a way for you to write, but without the pressure of people judging your writing style. It's like a journal that you keep for the public to see, but few people are looking at your sentence structure and grammar. It's just a place for you to jot down your thoughts, or post articles that you write. To improve your writing skills, a blog is an invaluable tool.
  • Rewrite -- Find articles or stories that you really enjoy, and rewrite them in your own words. Make it a point to make that content as unique as possible, but still get the same message across. It can be an excellent exercise in saying the same thing in a number of different ways, a valuable skill for a writer.
  • Join Writer Groups -- Want to improve your skills? If so, you need to interact with people who can teach you the little things that will sharpen your writing. Find writers' groups to join, such as on:
    • Facebook
    • LinkedIn
    • Writing Forums
  •  Study -- You don't need a degree in journalism to be a good writer, but formal studies will definitely help you to learn the fundamentals. Most great writers have studied the mechanics of writing and story creation at some point, so it's worth spending a bit of time learning the things you need to know.
  • Try Writing Prompts -- Many sites offer writing prompts, ideas that will get your creative mind churning in order to start writing. It's worth using these writing prompts to come up with story lines, ideas, and articles for writing practice. The more you get used to thinking creatively, the easier it will come. You can find these prompts on sites like:
  • Writer's Digest
  • Creative Copy

What's stopping you from being the next great writer? If it's just a lack of writing skill, the tips above can help you sharpen your talents and improve your writing dramatically!

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