To me writing is an art. It takes time and practice to get better. Just like any skill, it can be learned and over time, can be mastered. However many people I know tell me that they suck at writing. They can’t write professional emails or letters to people. I never realised that writing can be difficult for others since I’m so used to writing everyday. But of course, I have my weaknesses as well while other’s have their strengths.
I’ve been writing in journals, blogs, articles, books, magazines and more for over 20 years and I’ve accepted that this is my talent. I know my sentence structure is off at times, I’m grammatically incorrect and sometimes my paragraphs don’t flow. But honestly, I don’t care for I write with authenticity and as close as I can as if I was talking.
So if you’re struggling with learning how to write more effectively, here are 3 ways in which will improve your writing ability.
Just like riding a bike, you need to practice writing. Practice everyday. Write in your journal, your thoughts and ideas. Don’t worry about sentence structure or anything, just write as much as you can. I promise you that over time, with practice, your writing will improve. You’ll become more accustomed to your writing style. Eventually you’ll get better and begin to inject your personality and humour into your writing.
Even though I’ve been writing for so long, I still struggle with what I want to say. I still get inspired by other people’s writing and I’m always amazed on how people can craft their words together. For example, whenever I’m reading one of J K Rowling’s works, I’m truly amazed on how she crafts her words together. Her vocabulary must be a size of a library compared to my book shelf.
Always practice writing and stay inspired by other people.
I never realised this until later on in my writing career but reading books greatly help your writing skills. When you read books, you pick up many words and get used to reading quality content. For some strange reason, we tend to just pick up on this as we read and then this transforms into our emails, letters and more.
I read every single day. I read books, articles, magazines and more. I’m always reading and as a result, I take notice of the words that spark my attention and how they are formulated. As I read more, I also model their style and practice it in my world.
Read more books and you’ll pick up better writing habits.
The final key to getting better at writing is to simply play with it. I’ve found that when you’re so serious in your writing, you’re too busy picking the right words. However if you don’t take it seriously and treat it as a fun activity, your mind begins to open up and you’re injected with more authenticity and realism into your words.
You’ll find that when you play with your writing, your personality shines through and you end up adding funny jokes and humour into your sentences. I get my days where sometimes I’m on a roll and I write the most funniest material I start thinking I should of been a comedian.
Learn to play more with your writing and you’ll find your style.
Writing is art. You have a blank canvas and you throw something on it. If it sticks, great. If it sucks, great.
Always remember musicians who release several songs don’t all spend the same amount of time on each of those songs. Some songs in their album were crafted while they were drunk, lazy or unmotivated yet they become international best sellers. However the songs that they spent the most time, creativity and more energy on, no one appreciated it. An example of this is “Sweet Child of Mine” by Guns and Roses. That song was written in a few hours and the band hated it but released it anyway. The rest is history.
Writing is the same thing. You’re slinging crack rock and seeing if your fans like it. If they do, great, if not, great. Keep writing anyway.
Stay Strong and Be Relentless.