10 Rules to Become the Best Writer
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced writer, there will always be a space to keep learning further. The world is not the same each day and so shouldn’t be your writing. It should only get better with every new article you write. See how you can do it.
1. Never stop reading
Reading some useful guides and articles on the topic of writing will always give you some new techniques to follow, especially if you are a beginner. But reading the pieces that others wrote will give you even more than that – it will give you the inspiration to impress your readers. New phrases, new writing structures, new creative ways to compare things. Follow the writing techniques of the best writers in the world. Personally, I get inspired when reading Apple’s content. Their style is unbeatable and they really know how to write things simply, yet effectively. Put down all the creative phrases and constructions into a notebook so that you could read through them occasionally.
2. Use a thesaurus
Operating with your favorite phrases and collocations can give your writing an emotional tinge, but you might discover certain phrases that you will adore even more. And your readers might like them more too. Having a thesaurus always at hand will be helpful when you cannot find proper words to describe your ideas or when you don’t want to repeat some words too often in the text.
3. Mind your grammar, yet break the rules skillfully
Even if you are confident in your grammar, choose some reliable proofreading tools to check your text for any grammar and punctuation mistakes. You might be surprised to find some and you will most probably avoid them in further writing. However, perfect grammar often makes the text dull. Learn some ways to shorten your sentences, even if it’s against grammar rules. Skillful grammar violation is an art that is difficult, yet necessary to master.
4. Communicate with other writers
Join the discussions in writers’ groups to get support and helpful advice from other writers. They gladly share useful articles or some resources for inspiration. Some of them might take a closer look at your writing and give you an informative feedback. Some writers often post some creative jobs they need help with. It’s a perfect chance for you to take on a creative project and get some training from a more experienced writer.
5 Start a blog
When it happens that you are not involved in any writing project for a few days or weeks, having your own blog will make you stay productive all the time. You need to write on a regular basis, whether you are on a vacation or decided to take some time off work. Even describing your inner state and describing your hobby’s ‘how to’ tips will stimulate your writing appetite.
6. Find your inspiration
While writing can be easily called a hobby, you should never miss a chance to enjoy skiing, yoga, jogging, mountaineering, creating cute hand-made items or whatever makes you feel excited. Such things usually serve as a powerful inspiration and summon new ideas into your head. Just make sure you can always put down these ideas somewhere.
7. Proofread your drafts later
Don’t proofread your writing the very same day. Leave the drafts for at least one day and wait till your mind is clear again. When writing, don’t pay special attention to grammar and punctuation. You need to be focused on your thoughts and imagination. Leave the details for the proofreading stage.
8. Create a plan first
Every a worthy piece of writing has a well-planned
structure that can be easily scanned before reading. Bubbling on and on is no longer working. Readers need to see how different parts of your texts are related. Before you start writing, draw a map of everything you plan to write about, connect your subheadings to make sure they match your chosen topic.
9. Choose topics carefully
Being a writer often allows you to select the topics you want to write about. Don’t be tempted to write about everything – if you see that all you can use in your writing are your research materials, your content is going to suck. Any topic you choose to write about should be somehow related to your past experience or something you are extremely interested in. If you are indifferent to the topic, the chances are you will fail to impress your readers or convince them to do something.
10. Be unique
Even if you read through tons of other articles, use someone’s ideas or even phrases, you should always find the way to sound unique – and it’s not just about writing plagiarism-free text, but also about adding
your own ideas and suggestions about the topic. When something worked for you in real life and you are certain about it, don’t be afraid to include it into the text, even if you didn’t see anyone mentioning it.
You never know whether you are already a good writer or not. But what you definitely can do is to get better with every article you write. Hopefully, these 10 rules will help you do this and write like a pro.
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