Five Tips to Improve Your Writing

Isn’t it about time you got serious about your writing.

Five months ago I got serious about my writing.

This has to be the only New Year resolution I have ever stuck to.

Through my experience, I discovered five main habits to help you write.

Try them today and see if you can turn your writing into a profession. Let me know how you get along?

1) Write More

I know that sounds obvious but, it is advice which is ignored on a regular basis. Those many articles about posting daily do work. Yes, you gain more followers from it but, you also improve your craft. I look at some of my older posts and cringe now. My writing has developed over the months to something I am proud of. You can do this too. Write often whether on your blog or in your journal you will see the improvement.

2) Keep a Journal

You don’t have to be Adrian Mole and chart your life but, keep a journal. Keep a journal of observations. Funny things you have seen. Colour, smells environments that caused a reaction in you. These ideas can be used for future writing projects. Journalling is also a wonderful way of downloading your brain and reducing stress. No one else needs to see this, so to hell with spelling and punctuation, this is for you. Again write.

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3) Join a Challenge of Creative Writing Course

I am not a big advocate for creative writing courses. Mainly because I have started many and finished none. None of the tasks they set me ever result in me writing what I wanted. Challenges, however, have worked well for me. I have completed the post for 30 days challenge. Currently, I am working on a write for 10 minutes, read for 10-minute challenge. Find a challenge that suits your workload and commit. Once again write.

4) Grammarly and Hemingway Editor

These are my two, go to packages. Both are free as long as you have an internet connection. Both have improved my writing. Grammarly reminds me of my Mum. It finds errors that you would never spot no matter how much proofreading you do. Hemingway editor shows you how to write precisely without unnecessary words. As I sit writing this article now I know that half of it Hemingway will remove. I have a tendency to waffle, Hemingway controls that. Hemingway Editor helps me construct work that everyone else has time to read.

5) Write Where You are Comfortable

Again sounds obvious but find a space that is yours and write there. A comfy armchair, laptop resting on your knees or at the dining room table. Find a place that works for you. I write in my study. My desk has an outlook to my garden, it is light and airy. I surround myself with books and stationery. Don’t have a study, then find a space that works for you. I have heard tales of writing in closets to writing in coffee shops. Even if all you have is a bag with all your writing stuff in it. Find something make it yours and write.

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Finally

If you adopt one of these methods you will see a change in your writing. Adopt all five and who knows where your writing will take you. I have seen a gradual increase in followers over the last five months. I am pleased with my writing. I accomplish something when I sit down. You can start your journey just as easily.

Remember the biggest tip of all just write.

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