Tips to Make you a Better Writer
Anyway, last week, Daniel Scocco, the publisher of Daily Writing Tips, invited inputs from the readers asking what they thought were helpful tips in improving one’s writing. He then compiled all of them into one post which he published today. There’re a whole lot of helpful tips over there. 34 entries of them, to be precise.
So my tip to you is go over there and read what the people have had to say. It’ll surely be of some help. And I am not saying this simply because I also happen to be one of the contributors. My tips are at number 21, BTW.
But there’s every chance that some of you might raise an eye brow and suspect my intentions of writing about that post. So, here’s a list of my picks in the order of their appearence.
Pay attention to punctuation; especially to the correct use of commas and periods. These two punctuation marks regulate the flow of your thoughts, and they can make your text confusing even if the words are clear.
3. Bill Harper
Try not to edit while you’re creating your first draft. Creating and editing are two separate processes using different sides of the brain, and if you try doing both at once you’ll lose. Make a deal with your internal editor that it will get the chance to rip your piece to shreds; it will just need to wait some time.
7. Nilima Bhadbhade
Be a good reader first.
10. John England
Right click on a word to use the thesaurus. Do it again on the new word and make the best use of your vocabulary.
12. H Devaraja Rao
Avoid wordiness. Professor Strunk put it well: “a sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.”
15. Amit Goyal
To be a good writer is to start writing everyday. As Mark Twain said, “the secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
Try using new words. i.e avoid repeating words. this way we learn the usage of different words.
Do edit your previous articles. [my emphasis] I think this one’s a very useful tip.
24. Joanna Young
One that works for me every time is to focus on the positive intention behind my writing. What is it that I want to communicate, express, convey? By focusing on that, by getting into the state that I’m trying to express, I find that I stop worrying about the words – just let them tumble out of their own accord.
Write the first draft spontaneously. Switch off your internal editor until it is time to review your first draft.
But as they say, reading is not enough. You have to put some of these tips into action. Go on. Do it. You can thank me later.
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