Whether you think you can write or you think you cannot, you are wrong. The truth is, you fall somewhere in the middle, capable of producing decent writing. But most of us strive to write better regardless of how long we have been writing. If you desire to enhance your writing skills, these tips might help you.
- Read great writers
This may sound obvious, but it has to be said. This is the place to start. If you do not read great writing, you will not know how to do it. Everyone starts by learning from the masters, by emulating them, and then through them, you find your own voice. Read a lot, as much as possible. Pay close attention to style and mechanics in addition to content.
- Jot down ideas every time
If you are writing a short story, novella, or novel, always keeps a small notebook and a pen every time with you. You can note down snippets of talks you hear around you, or draw for inspiration. While you are on public transport or in the bathroom, you might come up with an extraordinary idea that you would miss if you were not carrying a notebook.
- Write a lot
Try to write every day, or multiple times a day if possible. The more you write, the better you will get. Writing is a skill, and like any other skill, you have to practice it to get better. Write stuff for yourself, write for a blog, and write for other publications. Write just to write, and have a blast doing it. It gets easier after awhile if you practice a lot. You can also keep a check on how many words you are writing by using wordcounttool.com.
- Eliminate distractions
Writing does not work well with multi-tasking or background noise. It is best done in quiet, or with some mellow music playing. Turn off email or IM notifications, turn off the phone and your cell phone, turn off the TV, and clear off your desk … you can stuff everything in a drawer for now until you have time to sort everything out later … but don’t get into sorting mode now, because it’s writing time! Clear away distractions so you can work without interruption.
Just because you want to emulate the great writers does not mean you have to be exactly like them. Try out new things. Steal bits from other people. Experiment with your style, your voice, your mechanics, and your themes. Try out new words. Invent new words. Experiment with everything, and see what works, and toss out what does not.
- Start and end strong
A powerful beginning engages the reader and causes them to read your entire work. You should take a lot of time to strengthen the few initial paragraphs or pages, as it contributes the most to you work. Additionally, leave an ambiguous ending that leaves your reader thinking about your craft more. This way, you will hook up your reader for a long time.