Or maybe you’re just bored and want something new and exciting to inspire and motivate you. Worry not, we’ve got 10 ways to boost your writing skills that will help you write better and become the writer you know you are destined to be!
Build a skeleton
Whenever you’re feeling less confident about your writing skills, step away from your computer, grab pen and paper, and write down the skeleton of the story or article you’re trying to write. Begin with the core, the main idea, and gather arguments that will become paragraphs, and so on and so forth. A skeleton of the story will help you put your thoughts in order and actually make it much easier for you to start writing.
Ask for Help
If you’re stuck and it seems like nothing helps, then maybe it’s time to ask for help. Let’s say you’re writing an essay and it’s just not coming along, then maybe you should try an essay writing service. Or maybe that article isn’t at all what you had planned, talk to your editor and ask for advice and help. There is no shame in asking for help. There’s also absolutely no shame in abandoning an idea or a story if you feel like it’s not coming along as expected. It’s actually the most mature thing you can do when in a sticky situation.
Take a writing class
A writing class is something that will really help boost your writing skills. Having a teacher and classmates to offer feedback and bounce ideas off is paramount. You will learn from each and every person in the class and they will learn from you! If there is nothing of the sorts where you live, you can try an online writing class.
Edit, edit, edit
Without editing, there would be no masterpieces. Just words on paper that don’t create something beautiful and meaningful. Of course, an editor is paramount, but you, as the author, need to be able to edit their own work. Edit once, edit twice, edit thrice, and with each edit, your work will get better and so will your writing skills.
Take a break of at least a day between writing and editing, so that everything can settle down. But be ruthless when you edit –it’s the only way to do good work!
Brush up on your grammar
One way to ensure that your writing skills improve is to brush up on your grammar, spelling, and punctuation. You never know enough grammar and could always use a brush up from time to time. Do an online course, read a grammar book, do exercises, and your work will improve.
Procrastination is the enemy of the modern world, it seems. Everybody suffers from this ailment. Just when we’re ready (or so it seems) to delve deep into our writing or any type of work, our attention gets derailed. A funny cat video, a new TV show, the dishes, laundry, pretty much anything to keep us from doing the actual work.
One way to keep procrastination at bay is to install tools that cut access off certain websites, or the internet. Freedom or Stay Focused work very well for this purpose. We could all be so much more productive if we didn’t check our Facebook pages every hour.
Join a writer’s group
As with a writing class, a writer’s group is guaranteed to make you a better writer. Having actual writers offer feedback is of a tremendous value. Also, you get to share your thoughts, feelings, and frustration on the writing process, which helps normalize what you’re going through, because feeling like you’re the only person in the world who’s going through something is killing your writing. Share with your fellow writers, and your work will shine.
Practice really does make perfect
Write, write, write! Write when you’re in the mood. Write when you don’t feel like it. Write when you’re happy. Write when you’re sad. Write in the morning. Write at night. Write as if your life depended on it. Just write, because practice makes perfect.
Not everything that you’ll write is going to have value, but the act of writing is going to ease the process and create a routine that is vital to being a writer.
Did you know that reading is a foolproof way to boost your writing skills? It will not only inspire new ideas and motivate you to keep writing, but it’s also a great way to enrich your vocabulary and relax. If you’re not an avid reader, start with something that you’re surely like and then move on to more complex novels. Give non-fiction a chance, too!
Take a break
When all else fails, if you still feel as if you can’t produce anything good, if you simply can’t get out of that nasty writer’s block, then it’s time to take a break and do something else. Don’t try to power through, you will get nowhere. There is no shame in taking a breather and you should be able to do so, whenever you feel like it, even though deadlines seem to weigh heavy on your shoulders. Do something relaxing, that has nothing to do with writing, and hopefully, by the time you return to your desk, inspiration will have followed you there.
**Do you have any more tips that you would like to share with us and our readers on how to book your writing skills? Then drop us a line in the comment section below –we love hearing from our readers!