3 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer

by | Nov 9, 2017 | GrammarSpot, Writing Tips | 0 comments

3 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer

by | Nov 9, 2017 | GrammarSpot, Writing Tips | 0 comments

I think it’s pretty funny when people complain about their writing skills as though they can’t be improved upon. If you’re bemoaning the fact that you aren’t a naturally gifted scribe, becoming a better writer is still well within your grasp. You might not be able to start winning Pulitzers or cranking out novels right away, but you can certainly learn more words, refine your sentence structure and finally figure out how to properly use a semicolon.

How To Become a Better Writer

Use the following steps to enhance your writing skills:

1. Write About Everything

This analogy is massively overused, and I’m already disappointed in myself for repeating it, but think about your writing skills as a muscle. If you go to the gym and do only forearm exercises, you’ll end up looking strange and Popeye-ish. Similarly, if you write about only one topic, you’re not going to experience much growth. By branching out and working on topics outside your wheelhouse, you’ll force yourself to acquire new skills and expand your vocabulary. Write about cars, medicine and travel, or work on a short story in which Batman teaches a bunch of pre-WWI Serbian Nationalists how to promote themselves on social media. Any topic is fair game and can help you build your writing repertoire.

2. Read Everything

If writing skills are a muscle, then books are the writer’s gym. Literature provides everything you need to develop stronger storytelling, create dynamic characters, learn to spell and improve grammar. There’s a direct correlation between reading avidly and becoming a better writer. You really can’t expect to create a brilliant work of historical Batman fiction if you never read books in that genre.

If you’re of the mindset that reading too much might sully your originality or creativity, you should get over that ASAP. Absorbing other people’s writing should teach and inspire you, and analyzing concepts found in various literary pieces will only help you to further develop your own ideas.

3. Never Stop Writing

If you’re serious about becoming a better writer, you’ll happily write even when no one is asking you to. From time to time, I’ll just sit down and start writing to see what kind of nonsense I come up with. I’m only half-ashamed to admit that occasionally I’ll look around the room and pick five or six different objects, then try to cleverly fit those words into a one-page story. If you put some thought into it, you can end up with a creative work of fiction. If nothing else, you’ll come away with a mediocre tale about the time Count Bookshelf and Lord Paperweight overcame their differences and saved the people of Humidifier.

Becoming a better writer doesn’t happen overnight, but it’s absolutely a feat that can be accomplished by anyone willing to make the effort. If you have any advice you’d like to give other writers who are looking to improve their writing skills, please share in the comments!

Evan Gaustad

Evan Gaustad started writing professionally while living in Los Angeles and working on branded YouTube content. After driving around the country and blogging about his travels, he and his wife settled down in Northern California where Evan now splits his time between freelance writing and teaching at a school for young performing artists. When he isn't typing or goofing around with his students, he's usually caring too much about sports.

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