Anyone can write, right?
Or don’t you agree that just anyone can get on the keyboard; pen down some long or short notes on paper or canvas and call it writing? or is it beyond just combining words together, forming sentences and so on?
But (come on), we both know that writing; really giving good works (really?)
Anybody can string a number of words together and claim to have written something. However, writing great and interestingly readable content that gets to the souls of one’s audience and makes them feel it, is way more than just writing. If you’ve got any plans of becoming a better writer in any field even if not a professional writer because actually, we all write sometime and every time – think of a work report done by the HR department of an organization and even the work overview at a site by a site-manager in an engineering firm.
With this in mind, let’s jump right in to our ‘why to improve your writing skills’.
No one needs to be gonged before s/he realizes that we can’t all be bestseller writers on Amazon or other bookstores but at least we can achieve a whole lot if we can hone our writing skills to aid us in our day-to-day life. Some of these are:
-Opportunities can be held on to and possibly won e.g job opportunities, writing competitions and so on.
-Documentation of real-time events and occurrences become an easy task to do esp for reporters and those in the media space.
-The more you practice – the better you get, improving your writing skills and working on it will eventually make you a better writer
-Since you get to cogitate on works, improving on your skills makes you a better creative.
-You become better at using your words to provoke emotions overtime and getting an engaged audience.
-You bought yourself a one-way ticket to jotting yourself down in terms of life auto-biography, journals or memoirs.
Now you’ve seen the WHYS, why not we jump right in to the HOWS?
Here are 7 very simple and easy ways to improve your skills in the writing space.
1. Read As Much As You Can
Reading, no doubt is a way of learning and opening up oneself to a world of ideas and thoughts, it’s the most creative way of stealing ideas for yourself,
Reading however, might have its kind and purposes too, ingesting thought-provoking and insightful articles from others is one of the best way to read and improve writing from, therein you find the know-hows as well as give advice and best writing practices to
help you hone your writing skills.
2. Be Concise
Just as ‘No one goes to the market with the intention to stand and watch others make sales’
Before you start writing anything, you need to have a sharp and concise clarity (of mind) as to what your intentions are and upon which you have a platform to write and base.
Ask yourself before writing:
Why am I writing? and What do I hope to happen once this is read by another individual?
Are you writing to provoke some thoughts into someone? Make them laugh?, sad at the ills around them?
3. Have A Road-Map
Your outlines can be put out to be your battle-strategy before you go fighting.
All you really need is a simple framework which can be easily followed for a work
This framework exists so that if you start to get confused you can easily refer to your outline and so that you don’t write out of context.
Just as in letter-writing, here is a practicable outline that many work with and it includes
It’s no new news to understand that writing can be tiring and quite exasperating especially when being done wrongly and getting demeaning critiques but what way to learn better something, than through patience and consistently doing it?
Just as a child does not just start working in a day, but after consistently trying, failing and falling again does s/he get it done, so is it for the art of writing.
To become better at it, you’ve gotta learn - fail - be critiqued - and go back to learning.
-It works better when you've got an on-the-go pad or journal that allows to you capture ideas as they arrive.
5. Be Open To Criticism (Even highly negating ones)
Writing without critiques is just like producing a game without getting feedbacks, there’s no way to be sure of what you’re doing well or wrong and as such receiving critiques from people in your space (the writing community) or out of it is a very crucial medium of getting to better your work and understand where your fault lies, your strengths in the space and in other minute and major aspects
It is always advisable to be your own critic before others too.
6. Get Into The Audience’s Sit
For each work made, it’s not just for the writer /author, but is also for the pleasure or provocation of the other individual who would see it and deem it worthy to ingest; having this at the back of our minds; as creatives - you need to get into the mode of the reader and ensure what you’re producing is something relatable, this arouses such individual to always want more (even in one work).
7. Network with other creatives
You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘No man is an island’ (yeah, it applies to writing too)
Whatsoever you’re feeling or thinking of might have been thought of by another, but how do you want to grasp more experience just doing all alone?
Networking with others in the writing space opens you up to knowing their challenges, issues and how they fix and do.
The internet has opened the world up to a point where this can be done from any point in the world through the use of social media, Facebook is one to try out but from the literary aspect, Medium is one of the best platforms because everyone there are writing in all aspects.
You can join our Facebook group ArtHut Creative Community
8. Spice up your works
No one really wants to read what’s being done daily, as you must’ve figured that there are thousands (if not millions) of writers all with one aim, wanting to make their mark through the art of writing, so what makes you unique if not for the spice in your works
Note: This doesn’t necessarily mean the inclusion of ambiguous words that will have your readers checking the dictionary on their mobile phone or manually every now and then as so many people misunderstand this, spicing up your works is simply you making some difference in your works which is not totally visible on others, your audience will take notice and love you for it.
9. Creatively Pilfer
Picaasso said 'good artists copy, great artists steal'
Is there still anything to be said here?
There is an issue with this though – do not plagiarize, plagiarism is defined as A piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work – but this is not what this is about, you do not need to foul your dignity by copying another person’s work and claiming is as yours, you just need to dig deep into works of other or great literary artists and seek after ideas that might have been under-utilized and make it into something bigger and better.
‘Now that’s what I call creatively pilfering!’
10. Don’t Overlook Editing
So many writers overlooking re-checking their works for both obvious and minute errors and end up delivering a fatal job which to them is good and might be but for the fact that it contains too many obvious/minute issues are turned down by the ever-eager-to-see-something-new audience.
There is no issue in asking for help whenever you need it
11. Avoid Being Distracted
Writing doesn’t really good well with multi-tasking or background noise. It’s best done in quiet, or with some mellow music playing. It’s always better to make your writing in a serene environ, turn off your notifications, TV, cell phone, and clear off your desk.
Just ensure there’s nothing distracting or disturbing because IT’S TIME TO SHINE ON THAT CANVAS.
12. Put Your Works Out
Whether or not you’re in for it, you’ll have to let others read you (your works) you’ll need to You’ll need to publish your book or short story or poem, or write for a publication.
While this might be a very difficult work to do (really difficult actually), you really need to.
Writing is not too hard (Well, it might be at first) but do not let one defeat keep you down – you can actually become a better writer!
Just do it!
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