How Do I Become A Good Writer? – The One Most Important Tip

by | Jun 22, 2017 | Building an online business | 0 comments

So, you want to become a better writer?

That’s awesome, because as a blogger, strong writing is integral to your success.

So, the answer to the question ‘How Do I Become A Good Writer? is…

WRITE!

Silver bulletIt’s that easy (and that hard). Just start writing. Write every single. day.  It will take discipline, patience, and time.

There is no silver bullet solution. Becoming a great writer means the slow, steady process of practicing your craft. It’s like riding a bike, practice makes perfect.

But you want to start your blog today . . . that’s fine! Start blogging. Chances are, you won’t have many followers right away. Having a solid basis of posts will demonstrate to future blog visitors and potential followers that you are an expert.

Build your blog. Write lots of posts. If you are afraid you’ll run out of topics, in a couple years, you can recycle your old posts and improve them. In addition to creating stronger writing skills, you will also have the time to learn more about blogging and all that it entails.

Barry Lyga, a young adult author, tells aspiring writers at his blog that:

“There’s a saying that every writer has a million bad words in him or her, and that once those million bad words are gone, he or she can write something worth reading.”  

How can you get through the million bad words?

Participate in NaNoWriMo, an event held each November that challenges participants to write a novel of 50,000 words in one month. It’s a time for fun and creativity – and part of writing is to have fun, so make sure you are taking the time to be creative.

If you do participate in NaNoWriMo, you’ll learn a very important lesson:

Writing and revising are two very different processes. Writing is getting the ideas out. If you stop to edit, you might lose your direction. When you write, just keep letting words spill out of you with no concern for how it reads. You will be the only person to read your very first draft, so who are you trying to please?   

Even though writing and editing are a separate process, you can’t have one without the other. After you get out all the words, edit. But be Editadvised: Don’t edit on the same day as you write. It helps to get out of your head before trying to make corrections. Sometimes, as you edit, your mind knows how something should look and won’t see errors.

Good writing means good revising. Re-read your first draft and make corrections. Rearrange the words to make them say what you intended. Get rid of excess.

 

Then, reread and edit your piece again. You may need to repeat the process several more times.

Once the words seem right then use tools like Grammarly and the Hemmingway app  to further clean up your work and to catch grammatical mistakes.

Then, read your work out loud. If you are going to read the work out loud, print it on paper. Getting away from the screen also gives your brain the opportunity to pick up on things it wouldn’t otherwise,

Another option is to turn on the text-to-speech function for your computer or in your writing software. This allows your computer to read your work back to you.

Why would you have your work read out loud? There are things that are easy to miss—like homophones. These are words that sound the same as other words. Words like “two, to, too” or “flower, flour.”

After blogging for a year or two, go back and for fun, edit your old posts. This will give you a chance to see how far you have come. You will see growth! This is also the time you can discover old posts that you’d like to republish – but not without improving them first.

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