How I improved my writing skills


1. Write Often
Give yourself a boost with regular writing practices like journal writing, taking notes on your reading, and free writing (writing quickly for 10 minutes, without stopping to think about grammar, spelling, or organization).

2. Experiment
Experiment to expand your range and abilities. Try writing for many different purposes and audiences try stories, memoirs, letters to the editor, and more.

3. Have Fun with Writing
Play with words and use your imagination. Look for pleasing words and phrases that jump out when you read them, and use them in your writing. And keep your eyes and ears peeled ideas and inspiration for writing are lurking everywhere.

4. Get Feedback
Don’t be shy about passing your writing around it’s a Β good experience to get feedback from friends, family, and writers you respect.

5. Read!
Read like a writer! Try to imagine why and how the author did something in a certain way and think about the techniques you use in your own writing. Use your favorite writers as models for writing practice.

6. Write Outside of English Class
Use writing to find out what you know, not just in English class, but also in other subjects and in ordinary life. The funny thing about writing is that it actually helps you think! Whether it’s a math problem or a magazine article, writing about it can help you think it through and make connections.

7. Learn the Tricks of the Trade
If writer’s block is making it hard to get started, try looking for ideas in your journal or writer’s notebook, or imitating the first lines of your favorite novels.

8. Write What You Know
There’s no need to make each piece your life’s history, but do find your topics, descriptions, dialogue, and ideas in your own life’s experiences.

9. Revise and Edit
Work first on developing and drafting your ideas. Revise, revise, revise! Then edit for correct grammar and spelling. Your close attention to revising and editing will make your writing clearer to your audience.

10. Start a Writing Folder
Save your writings in a writing folder or notebook and occasionally take your time to review and reflect. Ask yourself what you like about a piece, what you don’t like, and what you would like to change. Your writing notebook will help you choose areas that you still want to work on, and will be a rich source for new ideas


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