In today’s digital age, writing is a skill that everyone can benefit from. You can’t avoid writing so you might as well become a better writer. We all need writing skills to send emails, post on social media and communicate our value for jobs and business opportunities. So improving your writing skills will definitely add value to your life.
That being said, here is a three-day guide that will help you become a better writer:
Day 1 – Just do it!
You become a better writer by writing. It sounds simple but it’s the truth. I started writing when I was a teenager and even though I have a special way with words, it only became a skill because I worked on it and improved upon it. The more I write, the better I get.
If you want to be a better writer, then start writing today. You can do this by starting a journal and doing a brain dump every morning. This means that you write whatever comes to your mind when you wake up without thinking too much about it. If you don’t want to use a pen and paper, then you can try installing a journaling app on your phone. I like to use Google Keep.
You can also start a free Medium page and follow writing prompts to challenge yourself. Medium is a blogging site that you can post stories on without worrying about the technicalities of a website.
Don’t worry too much about writing a masterpiece in the beginning. Focus on small and consistent steps and you’ll be amazed at how much progress you’ll make. Just make up your mind to write something everyday and follow through with that decision.
Bonus point: Reading makes you a better writer so find a way to consume good articles and content daily. Read books or blog posts by good writers and pay attention to how they use words and expressions. You can try the Blinkist mobile app if you’d like to get 15-minute summaries of popular books.
You can sign up HERE for some writing prompts to guide you.
Day 2 – Keep It Simple
A major misconception people have about writing is that you need to use big words to show you’re intelligent. This is actually unnecessary. The point of writing is to communicate and to achieve that you should keep it simple.
Use words that are easy to understand so you can pass your message across as quickly as possible. The average human being has an attention span of eight seconds so the simpler your writing is, the better.
If the person you’re writing to doesn’t understand what you’ve written then the purpose has been defeated. So instead of saying “Find attached the aforementioned document for your perusal,” why don’t you try “Please look through the attached document as earlier discussed”?
Compare the information in the images below to understand why simple words are more effective.
P.S: If you wouldn’t say a word during a conversation with your reader, then don’t write it.
Day 3 – Check Your Grammar
Nobody expects you to know all words, expressions and their meanings by heart, but writers owe their readers the courtesy of ensuring that their grammar is correct.
Take time to read what you’ve written at least twice. Read it in your mind and then read it aloud. If something doesn’t sit right with you, check that your spellings are correct. Even typos are avoidable if you pay attention. I’m not ashamed to say that I always check for the correct spelling of “entrepreneur” before I write it. It’s better to cross-check than to misspell.
Before you send out a piece of writing, cross-check your words and expressions on Google or Grammarly. Grammarly is an online grammar checker that scans your writing for common grammatical errors.
It will only take a few extra minutes of your time but it will let your reader know that you’re worth your salt. Poor grammar will make even the best writer look unprofessional so try to avoid this as much as possible.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Your journey to better writing starts with applying these simple principles and learning as you go. If you’d like more writing tips, SUBSCRIBE to my WRITER’S HUB NEWSLETTER where I share actionable tips to help you write better and profit from your writing.