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A Step by Step Guide to Great Writing

Writing, just like any other art, is learned. But remember, as Ernest Hemingway once said, “It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way!”

Let’s take a look this step by step guide to great writing and essential tips for mastering the art of great writing.

Writing tipsAlways have a pen and a paper

This may seem obvious, but you never know when creativity will strike. If you always keep a pen and paper handy you will be able to capture every one of those creative ideas, each and every time!

Set deadlines and targets

If you set a target and a deadline you are more likely to motivate yourself to get writing and keep writing. Set a target of something like 10 pages per day, or sitting down to write for four hours a day with one 30 minute break.

Brainstorm

Think about what you want to write. Then write as many short points from the ideas you have generated. This is called pre-writing. If you do this before you start writing then you do not have to have breaks to think of ideas during the writing process.

Write rough drafts

A necessary evil of writing is creating a rough draft and going back over your work. To write a rough draft, take the points you generated out of brainstorming session and join them together.

Edit your work

Edit your work. Not only will you catch grammatical errors, but you’ll also be able to filter what’s important to your work from what’s not, and delete any unnecessary words, sentences, and paragraphs.

Proofreading

Proofreading has become easier than ever. You could use a proofreading software or just an individual proofreader with a good understanding of language. If you can’t afford to pay someone to proofread then try asking your friends or family. It is best to get someone other than yourself to proofread your work because you have seen it before and can miss a lot of the mistakes.

Get an expert’s view

Let an expert in your field of study read it after editing. This could be your tutor or someone else you know, like a classmate.

Audience-test your work

You don’t always need an expert to read your work. Let people you know – friends, relatives, or the public – give you some constructive criticism. Listen to what they have to say about your work and decide if their points are valid. Remember, you don’t have to accept all criticism. You decide. After all, it is your work!

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