by Faith Janine Gordillo
Writing is not an overnight process because it entails time and effort for you to learn and develop your skill. But don't worry because as long as you have the will and guts to start writing your stories, then you just need to keep on practicing to develop it. As what Jeff Goins, an author and blogger, said, “Everything is practice. Every word you write and action you take is a chance to get better.”
If yes, then we hope that these eight good and simple writing practices we’ll be sharing to you will help you be a better writer:
Start with the basics.
Let’s start with the basics. The basics here means your grammar and spelling. There is no such thing as perfect grammar though, but at least you know if what you are writing is in correct grammar and spelling or not.
Remember that the way you organize and use words affects you as a writer because it is what your readers first would notice. So, learn grammar and the correct spelling of words, and amaze those readers of yours.
Don’t stop writing until you’re finish.
Thinking of what to write is another endless dilemma, even of great writers. So, if you get to meet Mr. Writer’s Block along the way, don’t let him beat your will and guts to write. Write whatever you have in mind, and don’t stop until you’re finish.
When you’re done with your story, that's the time you proofread your work.
Write all the ideas that pops in your head.
You don’t know when ideas would suddenly come up. So, always bring with you a notebook or pen.
If ever ideas come while you are strolling on the park or watching the clouds form different shapes, at least you have something to write on. Write all the ideas you have, and add it to your story later.
Hey, that’s what I do, and I find it very effective! Try it too.
Learn from others.
To improve your writing skills, reading others works help. Because a writer is never a writer if he/she doesn’t read. Therefore, a writer is at the same time, a reader.
You can read articles or stories written by your favorite writers, and observe how they write. Then, you could try doing it yourself. Draw inspiration from others work, but never copy their works because plagiarism is illegal.
You don’t want your readers to hate you because we wrote stories that are not credible, do you?
So, if you’re writing about health, science or any other stories that entails evidence or scientific facts, you need to do research and verify the information you have gathered, and cite the source of your information. In this way, you’re telling your readers that your information is reliable, and you didn’t just made it up
Read your own work.
How do you find your story, not as the writer but as a reader? You try putting yourself in the shoe of your readers, and assess if it does appeal to you. Don’t just write. Read it too and ask yourself if it is worth reading.
Ask others’ opinions.
After you have read your own work, let your family or close friends read your story. Ask for their opinion. How do they find it? Is it worth reading, or is it crappy? Ask them what they want to change in the story, how they want it to end or how can you improve it. In this way, you are improving yourself, and you are in the process of making your readers happy and satisfied with your work.
Edit your own work.
Don’t be a bias of your own work. Edit it as if you’re editing other people’s work. Eliminate things that are unimportant in the story. Don’t mind if you find many errors because there will always be a room for improvement. And, don’t forget to let your editor check it. But if you don’t have any, a friend, who knows the right grammar and spelling, and who knows how the train of thoughts works, would do. Remember, two eyes are always better than one.
Being a skillful writer isn’t an overnight process. Many challenges are ahead of you. If ever these came up, don’t let these challenges hinder your growth as a writer. Keep on practicing because that’s how you hone your skills. So, the next time you write your story, think of yourself as a beginner, and always find the inspiration that keeps you writing.
But if you are still having a hard time putting your ideas into words, don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com. We would be happy to be of help.
(with Mary Mae Edgilez D. Yburan)