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How to Become a Better Writer

Everyone wants to communicate effectively, so here are some helpful tips to take your writing to the next level.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Read Read as often as you can. Reading other people's work is one of the best ways to learn more about writing. And it can inspire you, too.
  • TIP: Read books you like as well as books that are recommended to you. Venture into other styles and genres.
  • Step 2: Develop research skills Research before you write. Develop a broad knowledge of your subject to bring out the best in your writing.
  • Step 3: Build your vocabulary Find ways to build your vocabulary. Sign up for word of the day e-mails or do crossword puzzles.
  • TIP: If you run across a word you don't know, look it up in a dictionary.
  • Step 4: Simplify your writing Simplify your writing. Learn to cut out extra words and sentences that don't add anything.
  • Step 5: Use a notebook Always have a notebook handy to write down ideas. Take time away from the computer to write in your notebook, which may free up your writing.
  • Step 6: Get your work critiqued Get your work critiqued by giving it to trusted friends, mentors, and teachers to read. Pick people who you know will be honest with you. Once you find someone who gives good notes, develop a relationship with them.
  • FACT: Did you know? Emily Dickinson only published seven of her 1,700 poems during her lifetime.

You Will Need

  • Reading material
  • Research
  • Vocabulary builders
  • A pen or pencil
  • A notebook
  • Constructive criticism
  • A dictionary (optional)

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