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How to Improve Your Writing Skills

Woman works on improving her writing skills by putting pen to paper

In this day and age, everyone needs to be able to write clearly and communicate concisely – regardless of your career field. When you’re an author, it’s your job to write. That makes having the ability to write effectively and efficiently even more important. In this post, we’ll explore how to improve your writing skills so you can say what you mean faster and better, and become an all-around better communicator.

When you’re looking to become a better writer, one of the best ways to spend your time is actually reading. Reading books at different levels of difficulty will challenge you to refresh your vocabulary and become familiar with words you may not currently use. A good tactic for testing your abilities is to choose a message and try to write it at least five different ways. Adding more words to your lexicon, and doing so on a regular basis, will allow you to get better faster.

Another way to improve your writing skills? Improve your speaking skills. When someone’s reading your writing, you want them to be able to hear a voice in their head saying the words. What better way to perfect your tone and explanation skills than to actually speak to another person! Practice this by explaining different concepts, talking about the news, or debating a subject with someone else. This will also allow you to pull from your expanding vocabulary – the one you’re building while you read.

Write a page a day. Try to write about different topics each day to practice your range. Doing this will help you be able to write about anything – regardless of your knowledge base. It will also allow you practice different tones, devices, and styles. When writing in a professional setting, you’ll want to employ an informative and concise tone. When writing for entertainment, you’ll want to be engaging and sweep your readers up, away, and into your story.

Lastly, improve your writing with a friend. Even if it’s a pen pal (or the digital version of one), have someone else look over your writing and give you constructive criticism. If you consistently use the same handful of words or fall victim to run-on sentences a little too often, a second pair of eyes will be much more effective at catching your faults than you will be. We write as we’re used to writing, so to break a bad habit you need someone to bring it to your attention in the first place.

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