It’s always hard to know where to start when it comes to writing. Whether it’s for a blog post, a publication within your field of work, or if it’s just for fun, there are always ways to improve your writing so that it’s something you’re proud of. Writing talent, like most talent, is about reforming your skill with practice. Here are some simple tricks you should follow in order for you to improve your writing:
First, make sure you look at the world around you for inspiration. Think of the world as your very own “writing muse,” filled with vibrant colors, enduring emotions, and intriguing situations that may even stem from watching people on the subway. According to Forbes Magazine:
“As writer Henry Miller once said, ‘Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls, and interesting people. Forget yourself.’ If you don’t think you have anything to write about, think again. There’s inspiration everywhere – you just have to be paying attention,” (5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Writing).
Taking the time to look up from your newsfeed and looking up and into the world is the best form of motivation to get your writing started.
Next, always be reading something. Whether you are a classic novel lover, a newspaper fanatic, or a blog addict, reading is the best tool you can use to get your writing up to par. Make more of an effort to incorporate reading into your daily routine. This may mean taking those fifteen minutes you spend on instagram each day and substituting it with a new book of poetry or interesting article from your morning newspaper. Those who read more undoubtedly write better, but it’s up to you to make that initial effort to consistently read.
Along with finding the time to read is finding the time to write – and in an appropriate setting. Finding a writing space that works for you is key to concentrating on your craft and giving undivided attention to words. Forbes Magazine suggests to figure out where and how you write best, “For some people, it’s peace and quiet, while others need music or the chaotic hubbub of co-workers milling about. And most find that different places work for different types of writing,” (5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Writing). For example, if you’re writing an article for work, you may need silence and a tidy work space, where as if you’re writing a blog post, you may want a glass of wine in the trendy restaurant down your street.
Lastly, one of the most effective writing tricks for almost anybody is to read your work out loud as a form of editing. According to Forbes Magazine, “As silly as you may feel, it’s the best way to make sure what you’ve written makes sense. Anything that doesn’t flow, is confusing, or is missing a word or two will quickly make itself apparent,” (5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Writing).
For more tips on how to improve your writing, check out Forbes Magazine’s article here.