Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Guest Post: 7 Tips for Improving Your Writing

Every good writer will always want to improve upon his or her work. Any good writer doesn't simply write for a living or want to write for a living; they want to write and love to write. What's better than loving what you do for a living! However, how can you get better? There are many methods that you can use and tips you can follow that can give you the edge when it comes to completing each and every piece of work.

1. Reread your existing work. The first step is to reread your own work. You may spot errors or areas that can be improved. This is unlikely if a deeper issue lurks underneath the surface, but surface errors are easy to spot.

2. Learn to critique your work. Critiquing your work is a good step to take if you want to improve because you can go through every piece that you have ever written and list areas of improvement for yourself rather than getting others involved.

3. Read articles that give you information on how to improve. There are many of them out there. All give different hints and tips so you just have to decide what works for you.

4. Experiment with your style. A change in style can improve your writing infinitely if it could be more passionate or exciting. One of the biggest problems writers face is getting people interested in their work and a change of style may just give you that ability and the edge.

5. Get someone else to read through your work. A fresh pair of eyes can pick up issues or areas for improvement that you have missed. The more people that will read it the better.

6. Always have an aim in mind. What do you want from your writing? If you have an aim or goal in mind then you have something to work towards and it will make it easier for you to improve.

7. Persevere. So many budding writers give up when the going gets tough, but the ability to push through the tough times will stand you in good stead should any problems crop up in the future. The determined do far better in the writing industry than those who give up easily.

Copyright © Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ

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