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5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Writing

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5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Writing
You've been wanting to write-for your blog, for your company, for industry publications, or maybe just for fun. But you aren't quite sure how to improve your skills. Well, we've put together a few fun and simple ways to get you started.

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Look Around

Look Around

Great ideas can’t always be forced, but you can’t just wait for the right mood to write. Take advantage of the world around you for inspiration.

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. There’s inspiration everywhere—you just have to be paying attention.

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Find Your Space

Find Your Space

Instead of trying to force yourself to write in a specific location, try out a variety of different spaces until you find what works for you. Then, recreate that cozy, creative environment every time you need to write.

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Write Now, Edit Later

Write Now, Edit Later

You can be your worst critic. So, when you’re writing, avoid judging your writing at first. Even experienced writers don’t often crank out a perfect first draft, so setting your expectations too high from the outset is unrealistic (not to mention discouraging).

A good exercise in nonjudgmental writing is to set a timer for 10 minutes and just write down whatever’s on your mind with little regard to what and how it’s written. Even if you need to do research for your writing, build a skeleton that you can add to by writing what you know, and research later. 

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Read It Out Loud

Read It Out Loud

Write like you talk as it helps you sound more realistic and understandable to your readers. Try recording yourself talking for two minutes, then transcribing it. You can correct obvious mistakes later, but writing that reflects the way you speak often showcases the most authentic version of yourself.

Also, after you write, read it out loud. It helps you ensure what you’ve written makes sense as what doesn’t flow, is confusing or is missing words will become apparent.

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Just Write

Just Write

The more you write the more you improve. Especially if you do it in different styles and try to use words you’re not familiar with in your writing. 

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The “5 Ws + H” method

... for establishing what and how you will write:

  • Who: Who is my audience?
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Fix your handwriting technique

  • Good handwriting technique: using your fingers as guides, and moving the pen using your forearm and shoulder muscles. This allows you to write quickly, without tiring out or getting cramps.
  • Bad handwriting technique: drawing the letters using your fingers, moving your wrist constantly, and repeatedly picking up your hand from the paper in order to move it across as you write. These issues slow down your writing and cause your hand to tire out.

Maintain good posture

Aim to be seated with your feet resting flat on the floor, and with your hips and lower back supported by the chair. At the same time, your knees should be flexed to approximately 90˚, and your elbows should be slightly flexed, with your forearms resting comfortably on the desk surface.