One of the things I need to do is write more and write better.
The main key to writing better is to practice.
You can improve your writing by simply writing more words and analyzing what you wrote.
First from Jeff Goins site here are seven tips for more effective writing:
- Challenge Yourself
- Be Yourself
- Don’t write like an Idiot
- Start Small
- Don’t give up
- Learn to pitch your pieces.
I think for me the ones I need to focus on are practicing, challenging myself with specific topics, and being myself. The latter – leads into another article about finding your writing voice that I recently read.
Joy Tanksley writes that to find your voice you need to write what you know (or I believe, do great research), then write like you talk and get into a flow of writing. To start off with, forget conventions – just get the words down on paper.
My research on writing lead me to a great article about how to write daily. Julie Isaac lists these five steps:
- Make a commitment
- Make a list of the top 10 reasons why you want to write daily.
- Make writing top priority
- Write first
- Break your daily goal into smaller goals.
I believe I need to make that list of to 10 reasons and post it on my bulletin board. I need to make writing a priority.
Improving my writing also led me to learn some of the techniques that makes for better writing. Not everything you learnt in tenth grade English is always correct when writing a blog or for sales and marketing copy.
Following some Basic Writing Rules from the people over at Custom Writing will go a long way to improve your writing and help out the people that are reading. That is why you are writing in the first place, is it not?
My last two pieces of advice are enjoy what you write, and be proud of yourself!
Onward and Upward,