Hi everyone and hope you are having a great Tuesday! I am back at college now, and am ready to share a few tips on how to become a better writer. Whether it’s for schoolwork, your job, or personal activities, I truly believe everyone can and should take steps to always improve their writing. I know I definitely try to! Here are some of my personal tips on how to do so.
- Read… a lot
The best way to become a better writer is to become a better reader. Read everything and anything you can get your hands on, because by reading other people’s work, you can get a better sense of how to approach your own. (And you’ll have a bigger vocabulary, which is a plus!)
- Stop hitting the backspace button!
We’ve all done it – written a sentence, decided we hated it, and then erased the whole thing! But the better approach is to get all of your ideas on the page first and then revise it after. Maybe that sentence that you really hate can be rewritten into a masterpiece.
- Develop a writing routine
Everything is easier when it becomes a habit. If you want to be a better writer, decide to write for a specific amount of time every day. The more you write, the better you get, simple.
- Get other people to read your writing
Having an extra pair of eyes scan your writing will infinitely make it better. Sometimes we’re just too close to our own writing to see it as clearly as other people do. Friends, professors, and co-workers are all great options who can point you in the right direction with revisions.
- Stop being so hard on yourself
Lastly, an important thing to remember: your writing is worthwhile. Stop being so hard on yourself and give yourself the time and self-confidence to continue to write. The people we consider the greatest writers of all time all had to work at it, too.
Good luck writing! Find me on Twitter @CaseyDonart for more helpful advice and college tips!