If you want to be a writer, but realize that you have issues with grammar, spelling, punctuation, or sentence structure– read this guest post by nanny/writer Nancy Parker for some tips on how to make improvements and gain the confidence you need to get started.
Writing as a profession is a bit different from other professions because many writers write on their own and don’t have a direct boss to report to or teach them the ropes. It’s largely up to the writer to stay on top of any changes in writing styles and acceptable practices and to educate themselves on how to improve as a writer. Every writer will always have room for improvement. Here are five tips to help you continually evolve and improve your writing skills:
1. Write every day. Whether it’s just a short blurb in a journal, a lengthy blog post, or a chapter in a book, the only way that you will improve the way you write is to write each and every day. This will help you develop a writing style you’re comfortable with and will make writing flow more easily. You’ll start to identify where your weak points are and where your strong suits are, and you can hone in on those and improve on them.
2. Read authors with different writing styles. Writers get many of their writing ideas from other written works, and many writers try to emulate the styles of their favorite authors. To constantly find new voices and ways to write you should immerse yourself in the written word and read a variety of different authors and writing styles. Don’t limit yourself to one style of writing.
3. Have someone else read your stuff. It’s easy for writers to skim over their own mistakes in something they’ve written – after all, they wrote it! Have a trusted peer or editor look over your stuff from time to time to help find any errors that you may have missed otherwise and to give constructive criticism. It helps to get several different viewpoints on where you can improve.
4. Compile a go-to list of websites with writing tips. There are many websites out there that are dedicated to helping writers improve in their profession. Grammar Girl, Dr. Grammar’s Frequently Asked Questions, Online Writing Courses, and A Guide to Writing Well are just a few of the many websites and articles available online that writers can frequent to help develop their writing skills.
5. Don’t be afraid to put something down and come back later. Some writers get into the flawed mindset that they have to write everything at once, however it’s OK to take a break from writing and come back later on if you’re having trouble finding the right words. Sometimes rereading something later on will spark new ideas and take something in a completely different, and better, direction.
You can never reach a level of perfection in writing, and there are always improvements to be made, whether you’re the worst writer in the world or the best. By immersing yourself in the world of writing and continually striving to do better you’ll improve your skills and hone in on your talents, taking you one step further in your career.
Nancy Parker was a professional nanny background check and she loves to write about wide range of subjects like health, Parenting, Child Care, Babysitting, nanny background check tips etc. You can reach her @ nancy.parker015 @ gmail.com
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