How To Improve Writing Skills – Plus Benefits!
One of the differences between humans and other animals is that humans can write (or at least most of them). If you don’t want to be considered as an uneducated cave man you need to be able to write!
You don’t have to write poems or big books. A little of any kind of writing from time to time is good for you and there are many benefits that you can get from writing.
You might think that writing isn’t for you, that you simply can’t write anything worth reading… BUT, that’s not true! In this article I’m going to talk about how to improve writing skills and some amazing benefits that you can experience.
I remember when I first started blogging… My content was really bad in every way possible. I mean, even if a cat looked at my screen, it would run away in shock. No, the cat couldn’t read, but it could sense there’s something horrible on the screen.
The point is, I didn’t start out being good at this at all… Quite the opposite. But! If you were to look at my first attempts at writing and compare to what I’m writing for today, you would see a massive difference.
From almost throwing up, you would feel a bit less like throwing up.
I’m in no way where I want to be when it comes to writing. It’s a skill that takes a lot of time to develop, but I’m getting better and better each day.
How To Improve Writing Skills
When it comes to writing, most people are scared of doing it… What do I mean by that?
For example, take school. When the teacher tells you that you’ll need to write an essay, fear strikes into your heart immediately.
You don’t want to do it, because it’s hard and it’s boring… Plus, you lack the skills to write anything worth reading.
Then, you start giving yourself all kinds of excuses why you can’t do it right now, so you put it aside for a later day. You keep procrastinating until it’s too late.
Has this ever happened to you? Don’t lie to me! I know it has.
And it doesn’t apply only to essays. Writing any form of content can have the same scenario of procrastination.
Well, writing doesn’t have to be scary, because just like any skill, you can improve it!
Get To Know Your Language!
There are so many words that have been created since the day humans opened their mouth and started talking… A portion of those words have been forgotten as time went by…
But, wouldn’t it be fun to add those words to your vocabulary? Why – you might ask?
Simple fact – the better you know your language the easier it will be to write. It doesn’t really matter what you are writing, it’s always better to have a bigger vocabulary that you can use.
You can express your thoughts in so many ways, it will make your article or whatever you are writing more interesting and more fun to read.
Plus, if you’re totally evil and you don’t care if it’s interesting or fun for your readers, at least it will be more fun for YOU to write! So, you win anyway!
Sometimes when I write, I notice that I’m using the same word over and over again… This could make it less interesting for you to read.
So what do I do? I google for synonyms to that word. Trust me… it helps a lot!
You can also go to the library and find yourself a big old dictionary, but who does that when you can just go to the interwebs and get all your answers by doing a simple google search?
Here’s a fun video that will educate you about some forgotten words:
Read Books And Learn From Other Authors
Writing will probably be extremely hard and difficult when you start, but there are ways to get better at this, to get through this difficult road…
If you’re looking for ways to improve your writing skills, then I SUPER recommend reading books.
What kind of books? doesn’t really matter, just read anything you like… I’m not kidding! Even if it’s the most ridiculous book in the world, you can still become better at writing just by reading it.
By reading books you will get a lot of good ideas that you could use by yourself. Interesting phrases, different ways to explain things, ways to express emotions and so on…
Related: Scientific Benefits of Reading Books
Usually every author is in love with another author, and you should do the same. Haha, don’t take it too seriously… When I said in love, I mean they really love the work that this specific author produces.
There must be at least one or a few authors that you really like, because their style fits yours. Of course, you can’t have a favorite author if you never read books…
You might even consider joining a nerd club! You know… A club where everyone loves reading books, where everyone has inside jokes that nobody outside the club understands.
Okay, I’m talking about a book club… Sorry for calling it a nerd club, but I couldn’t help myself! LOL
Why should you join such a club? Because you will be surrounded by people who have a passion for reading and maybe even writing. They will share ideas and opinions that could be inspiration and even encouragement for you!
Readers Like It NICE and EASY!
Majority of the books or articles that we read are mostly really well written, but some of them make you wanna throw up, because it’s difficult to understand anything.
It’s because those articles or books are full of difficult sentences, full of rare words that aren’t being used in the spoken language or simply the basic structure is a big mess (applies to articles mostly).
Sometimes it’s really hard to understand what the author is trying to tell you… So, keep it simple, stupid… alright? Don’t make this difficult on your readers, because they are going to blow their grits on your piece of writing!
Try to eliminate unnecessary words, and more importantly, try to write in simple and easily understandable sentences, just like you’re explaining something to your friend.
Here’s some extremely advanced advice… Imagine your reader is your friend. Now write!
Don’t Be Afraid To Write About Controversial Things
We are living in a very sensitive world, don’t you agree? “They” say that we are free and we can have our own opinions, but if your opinion is going to offend anyone in the slightest, then you’re most likely in trouble!
As an author, you can write about anything you want. While you shouldn’t just start spreading hate and destruction in your writings, don’t hold your thoughts away if you think it might offend someone.
You might have different beliefs about any specific thing. For example, let’s take religion. If you don’t believe in any kind of god, don’t be afraid to state your opinion why gods don’t exist.
I’m pretty sure some people could get offended, because they spend their whole life worshiping a deity and then you come along and start explaining how they were wasting precious time worshiping something that doesn’t exist.
The point is, focus on the people that agree with your opinion and not those who start rambling how your statements are false, because they think otherwise.
You are the author, so you can choose to write about whatever you want and however you want. If you let other people’s opinions get to you, then you might find yourself out of ideas for stuff to write about.
You are the boss here, make your own rules. (Just don’t take it too far!)
The Best Way To Learn Something Is… Practice!
Even the best authors admit that usually their first work is complete trash… Feeling better now?
Don’t try to fool yourself. If you think that you have the talent for writing, don’t expect much from your first book, article or whatever you are writing, because you won’t produce anything amazing within your first attempts.
I’ll let you in on a HUGE secret… It will determine if you become good at writing or not… Ready to hear it?
Here it goes… PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!
Remember this secret, because it’s important! If you ever hear anyone wondering how to improve writing skills, make sure to let them in on this secret as well!
The more you write, the easier it will be… Ain’t that great? Sorta like leveling up in a video game, right? Imagine that you’re adding points to your stats!
Just make it a habit to write every day. If you can’t do it every day, make sure to do it consistently without taking huge breaks.
Also, Don’t let laziness and procrastination get to you… Imagine them as enemies in a game. You gotta kill those enemies to progress! So, kill laziness and procrastination if you want to level up.
Read It Out Loud
Once you finished writing – read it out loud. Trust me… It really helps! Sometimes your writings may look good on paper, but when you read it out loud, you might recognize some mistakes.
You might just come up with some better fitting words or maybe you’ll change a whole sentence… Heck, you might even realize that your whole text is full of crap and you might rewrite everything.
So, don’t rush anything, sit back and try to read it out loud.
Also, it might be a good idea to ask somebody else to read your book or article. See, sometimes we simply love our own work so much, we fail to see any flaws in it.
But, someone else will spot your flaws and mistakes way easier.
What are you waiting for? Go ask your friends to read your masterpiece! Or mastercrap…
Hey! Don’t feel bad if your piece turns out to be crap… At least you’re trying! You can get good at anything by practicing it consistently.
There Are Some Amazing Benefits Of Writing
I gave you some tips on how to improve writing skills, but you might lack some motivation to actually start writing…
Well, did you know that writing is very beneficial? Learning the benefits of writing will most likely provide you with some motivation to develop this habit.
If you want to become the greatest version of yourself, writing is going to help you in many ways. Sure, it’s hard and you probably won’t produce anything of high quality at the beginning.
But, all this hard work is worth it and it pays off in many ways. You can have a nice career from writing or simply improve your personality.
So, here are the benefits:
Good Boost For Your Productivity
Every time you write, you activate neurons in your brain. It’s like a good workout for your brain, especially if you do it in the morning. Your mind will find it easier wake up and it will be easier to complete other tasks during the day.
Some people write down their daily tasks, in order to set them in place and get ready for the day. When you write, you clear your mind of various thoughts and it helps you calm down. It will lead to better decision-making!
It’s a great way to manage your time, you reduce the change that you will forget something, and you will feel good about yourself once you see the list and all the tasks are complete!
Finally Achieve Those Goals!
For example, if you decide to write down your goals on paper, you are more likely to actually achieve those goals.
I personally write down all my goals and I read them before going to sleep every night. It’s a constant reminder of what I want to achieve.
Plus, falling asleep while thinking about your goals is really effective, because your subconscious mind will be processing your final thoughts before you fall asleep.
If you go to bed and start thinking negative thoughts, your mind will be exposed to those thoughts the whole time you’re sleeping.
So, reading your goals can make you think about it and you might even visualize already achieving those things. Your subconsciousness will take this as priority and it will help you achieve those goals!.
It’s a Huge Boost For Your Memory!
Have you ever thought about why kids in schools write down so much information in their notebooks? For example, a history teacher might be telling a story, and everyone has to write everything down.
I always thought that it’s a complete waste of effort, because if history is not my passion and if I don’t care about the information being presented to me, I won’t remember it anyways… Why should I write it down?
Needless to say, I was a bit wrong. While I didn’t remember any of the information that I didn’t care about, apparently it helps you improve memory, because you have to process the information while you’re writing it down.
You will find it easier to remember things, BUT most likely you still won’t remember that boring lecture and all the information you written down.
If you’re not interested, your mind is not taking that information as priority, thus, even though you’re writing it down, it’s not an effective way to remember that specific information.
But, your overall memory gets better, so make sure to have that pen and notebook next to you!
It Helps To Fight Stress
When you are having a bad day, and it feels like the sky if falling down on your shoulders, you can just sit down and start writing!
See, when you’re writing, your mind is mainly focused on the subject that you’re writing about. You just zone out of all the worries and negative thoughts.
A lot of us have various problems in our lives and some of us go to see a therapist to talk about those problems. What if I told you that you can be your own therapist?
Yes, you can!
Related: How To Be Your Own Therapist
Just write down things that you worry about. By doing this, you will find it easier to understand your problem, to identify what’s wrong. You might see the issue from a different perspective.
This could make you feel better and there’s more chance that you will find a solution to your problem. Trust me, this works and a lot of people found this method to be an effective way to solve some of their dilemmas
Do You Have Problems When You Communicate With People ?
People often find it hard to express themselves. Some just use weird sentences or phrases and it’s hard to understand what they are trying to say and how they feel.
They might have no structure at all, and jump from one point to another.
But, if you’re writing quite a lot, there’s a high chance that you’re also reading quite a lot. You get to know the language better, you learn new words, and you are able to express yourself much better.
Being able to fully express yourself is very helpful in daily life, especially if you’re having difficulties with your relationships.
Just Write And Get Those Amazing Benefits!
Like I said before, writing can be quite hard when you start out. Gosh, I never thought I could write anything at all when I started…
It’s just a skill that literally anyone can improve by time. You just have to do it consistently. Plus, you’ll get some awesome benefits along the way as a bonus!
Writing will always be a great skill to have, because you can build a great career around it.
Take it slow and don’t rush. You won’t get better overnight, so be patient.
I would recommend writing at least 300+ words every day… Don’t know what to write about? Absolutely anything that comes to mind.
It’s not necessary to have amazing ideas. You’ll get ideas while you’re slowly developing your creativity. Just write about your day or something like that if you have no ideas at all.
How often do you write? Do you find it easy to write? Comment bellow!