It’s never been a greater time to become a writer or aspiring to become one.
Due to platforms like LinkedIn, Word press, Medium and BlogSpot who snatched the power from major publishing and media firms and have given the opportunity for writers to publish their writing on the web entirely for free.
But, it’s important to understand that one doesn’t become a good writer overnight
It needs what I call 4Ps
Practice makes you better; it’s the repetitions that make it effortless. You can’t practice without discipline.
You have to practice with persistence. Persistence means you do not give up even when things are not going your way
First, you must believe you are a writer.
You must believe writing is a calling, not a choice and your words are meant to encourage and inspire others.
A writer is a writer when he says he is.
When you believe you are a writer it will be easier to persist, even when you doubt your ability to write another word.
Also, you have to be patient when things are not going the way you wanted and believe that eventually, everything will come together. Patience is the key which unlocks every problem.
Lastly, to become a good writer you must have a Passion for writing. As I have said earlier you must believe writing is a calling, not a choice.
“Writing is my passion, not my job. I need to write as much as I need to breathe, if not more.”
― A.E. Croft
Now that you believe you are a writer, you must consistently review your writing and look for ways to improve it because nobody can be a perfect writer it’s an evolving process.
Here is the list of things you can do to get better at writing and avoid content mediocrity:
Remember why you are writing
“The first sentence can’t be written until the final sentence is written.”
—Joyce Carol Oates
The first question you must ask yourself before writing anything is- Why am I writing?
If are writing a letter your purpose is to inform, request or complain about some problem.
If you are writing an assignment or an essay your purpose is to convey your understanding, facts, and information and draw conclusions.
If it’s a business report there must be information, statistics recommendations, etc.
So, you have to be clear about your purpose to write relevant words and sentences and it helps you avoid going off topic.
Choose proper style
“Style means the right word. The rest matters little.”
Your writing style develops from a combination of your personality, your reading choices, and conscious decisions you make while writing.
It’s a manner in which you express yourself and it evolves over time.
Choosing proper style and words is very important for clear and comfortable communication between you and to the people for whom you are writing so that you can receive expected reactions.
To develop a proper writing style- read, write, use words that come naturally to you, be concise, be clear, practice thinking.
I also recommend you to read – The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century
Don’t bury the lead and be clear
“The trouble with so many of us is that we underestimate the power of simplicity.”
— Robert Stuberg
Tell the readers what you want to convey through your writing. And tell them early.
Don’t beat around the bushes.
The writer has to make it clear to the reader that the topic of the passage is and what the point of the passage is.
People need a reference to follow what you are trying to say otherwise they’re lost. Trust me this fact is backed by research.
You can use heading and subheading to highlight your main point.
Keep a Journal
“I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.”
–Robert Louis Stevenson
Keep a little notebook for moments of inspiration. Most writers get their ideas from a range of sources such as Books, articles, Tv shows, plays, experiences they had recently, or a long time ago and their dreams as well.
The worst thing you can do is to trust your memory. You’ll miss out vital information if you don’t keep a journal.
Having your thought and experiences noted down in one place and using them in your writing and do wonders for your content.
Read read read- Learn From Other Good Writers
“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.”
The most important thing is to read as much as you can as I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary.
– J. K. Rowling
Find a few writers that you admire, and analyze their writing closely. Take note of their style their content, inspiration, experiences, words etc.
Then try writing and rewriting it again and experiment with different styles.
Many great writers have never read a book about writing. Then how did they learn to write?
By reading and reading and only reading.
I don’t think you can become even a good writer unless you spend a lot and I mean a LOT!! Of time reading and learning thousands of new and interesting words, idioms, phrases, the figure of speeches to develop a sense of writing.
“Read, read, and read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”
Refer dictionary more often
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
There’s a joy in having the perfect words at one’s disposal whenever you need it.
A dictionary and thesaurus can be useful in learning appropriate and relevant words. Nothing makes a writer happy more than word come to mind just as you need its help.
Don’t be scared and write something every day without worrying about perfection.
“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.”
—Larry L. King
“Let the world burn through you. Throw the prism light, white hot, on paper.”
Write something every day even if you do not intend it to share with anyone. You have to write what you know” and “write often”.
Most people worry about correct usage of English language and are conscious about their grammar and knowledge but I want to assure you when it comes to correct English there is no one in charge the lunatics are running the asylum.
We should follow rules as best we can but not writing anything even for yourself because you are unaware of some rules is a sin.
Lastly, nobody’s perfect, and nobody expects you to be, either. You should embrace imperfection.
In the end, the only way to become a good writer is that you have to make mistake, learn from them, correct them and then try again.
“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
- Remember why you are writing- clear about your purpose to write relevant words and sentences
- Choose a proper style- important for clear and comfortable communication between you and to the people for whom you are writing
- Don’t bury the lead and be clear- Tell the readers what you want to convey through your writing. And tell them early.
- Read read read- Learn From Other Good Writers- greatest way to learn writing is by reading and reading and only reading
- Refer dictionary more often- noted down your thought and experiences at one place for future reference
- Don’t be scared and write something every day without worrying about perfection- Write something every day even if you don’t have perfect skills, embrace imperfection. make mistake, learn from them, correct them and then try again.
If you have good ideas and you want to inspire your audience
Then get to work.
Comment below for any questions or suggestions
I’m a freelance writer with an eclectic range of interests: Photography, space, politics, music, art, fashion, and sports.
I enjoy turning complex problems into simple, beautiful and intuitive solutions. When I’m not reading books, tweeting or sleeping for long hours, you’ll find me cooking, wandering or working out.