Best ways to improve your writing skill

Discussion in 'Art & Creative' started by roseangel, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. roseangel

    roseangel Registered Member

    Hi guys ....

    What do you think the best ways for improving writing skill? And how can I used Internet or magazine or newspaper to improve my writing skill?

    Any ideas .... And thoughts :rolleyes:
     

  2. Merc

    Merc Certified Shitlord V.I.P. Lifetime

    Write.

    That's all really. Read more, do a couple of workshops if you can. Post some stories here even! Nobody writes here anymore, post some work in the authors section and we'll help you out!
     
  3. konboye

    konboye Registered Member

    Write. As Constantine suggested, use a program with a grammar checker or something like that, Word 2007 should do. Try starting a blog, and write something on it at least once a week.
     
  4. kitchendame

    kitchendame Registered Member

    Write, write, write. Keep a dream journal and use it as inspiration. Read, read, read. Make note of how your favorite authors describe things, create characters, develop plots. And keep another little book just to jot things down that occur to you--ideas, phrases, things you see in day-to-day living that affect you. Take a creative writing course; they not only help you develop skill but help you develop confidence as well.
     
  5. PretzelCorps

    PretzelCorps Registered Member

    Study grammar and read the dictionary. No, really.

    Also try crossword puzzles or word association exercises; I've often thought of maybe taking five random words a day and trying to come up with five synonyms for each --> Pretty much anything that will expand on current associations in the brain. Not only will it broaden your vocabulary in the long term, but it will also improve your general thinking and concentration ability.


    Everyone wants to leap headlong into full literary writing these days, but most people barely have a grasp on the basics.
     
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  6. Merc

    Merc Certified Shitlord V.I.P. Lifetime

    Look up writing prompts to help exercise those writing muscles as well.
     
  7. Hissa

    Hissa Registered Member

    Read & write as much as you can.......I think this is the best way for improving your writing skills....:nod:
     
  8. HalfEatenSurprise

    HalfEatenSurprise Registered Member

    Yeah, as most have suggested. Just write stuff and get a verdict.

    Workshops help too. I was in one once, and it was real helpful. Half the battle I find is coming up with an idea. In a workshop they gave me a writing aim (a title, a specific genre, a word limit etc) It seemed to rub off, and I could conjure up my ideas a lot more clearly.

    The worst thing I find is thinking of something fresh, most stuff has already been written, a lot of work out there is just some amalgamation of other ideas, presented in a different way.

    I also got a tip about writing structure from a writing agency, in which, they suggested that to open my story I should begin with action - not necassarily guns a blazing, but something should be happening straight off. I'd made the mistake of opening by underlining the situation without writing about what my character was actually doing. When I went back it did look really crap. Although I suppose there is no right or wrong, I guess if it's any good you'll know it, it'll just seem all right.

    Anyway, if your interested, here's something you can try. A short story - It must be no longer than 2500 words and must involve these three character types -
    1) A vampire
    2) A poacher
    3) A middle aged man who works in at a bank

    Post the story in books and literature. See if people read it. If you want to that is. If not I might have a go. Happy writing.
     
  9. Danno

    Danno Registered Member

    I am a writer and I find that reading is the best way to help you improve your writing. People are unaware of how much reading can improve your vocabulary and intelligence.

    What are you writing, out of interest? Anything in particular or are you just asking in general?
     
  10. roseangel

    roseangel Registered Member

    Actually am asking about academic writing in particular
     

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