- Jennifer Nichols
Writing is Easy with these 6 Simple Steps
I know you are sitting there wondering “Why do I need to know this stuff, I already know how to write!” Although writing itself remains consistent, the actual art of writing is ever-changing with new styles and techniques. So improving your writing skills now is more important than ever. And adding to your skills can be easily done with these quick tips that we have come up with:
Step 1: Know What You are Trying to Say Take time out to write out the key facts of what you are trying to communicate to your reader. After you write out the major points, then you can expound on them. Make sure that when you are writing you are being specific and not too vague so that you can avoid confusion.
Step 2: Keep It Short and Sweet Keep all the “fluff” or “filler words” out of your writing. When writing you must remember that your reader is a “need-to-know” basis, therefore only tell the writer what they need to know. Keep your paragraphs short and to the point. It might be hard at times but you must resist the urge to ramble. Don’t go off subject, Stay on track.
Step 3: Don’t Use Words that You are Unfamiliar With Basically, don't try and use big words to make yourself sound smarter. Too often people find themselves inserting larger words into their text without actually knowing what it means. Adding words that you don't know the meaning of is very risky because you could mean something totally different than what you are actually saying.
Step 4: Keep It Interesting This step is easier said than done. It’s not always easy and sometimes it's darn near impossible. But you just have to know the difference between giving too much detail and not enough detail. Try to be as concise as possible while giving the reader all your compelling information.
Step 5: Be You Only you can write like you! So don’t sell yourself short by copying off someone else. Sometimes it is hard to come up with ideas on your own, but there are several ways to get your creative juices flowing. One way, in particular, is to browse through thought-provoking websites such as Big Think – an insightful and thought-provoking website full of blogs, articles and videos from the world’s top leaders and thinkers. It isn’t always the easiest thing to do but it is a must. Be original.
Step 6: Proofread, Proofread, PROOFREAD! The last and final step is definitely the most important. Re-reading what you write is vital. We all make mistakes in life and when we are writing we make twice as many, so it's always good to go back and check. Proofreading is actually pretty easy thanks to all of the online grammar checkers, so there are no excuses for having errors in your text.
Nobody is a perfect writer, and nobody expects you to be one. Nonetheless, you can always improve your writing by learning new tips and styles. All of which can be done with these steps we’ve provided. Do you have any writing tips and tricks up your sleeve? Comment down below and let us know!
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