How to Become a Better Writer

How to Become a Better Writer

Do you enjoy writing or aspire to write like those whose written work you admire? Creating and sharing valuable content is far more rewarding today whether personally of professionally. While you may think you’re not exactly a writer, remember that if you can think straight in your head you can write too. All you need is to identify your strengths and work on your weak points to be able to write an impactful piece. Here is how to become a better writer.

Write about what you know

The first step is to identify what is your expertise area. Can you write on digital marketing? Are you a good storyteller and weave magic out of words? Is writing prose or poetry your forte? Will you write and share marketing and sales insight for your followers on LinkedIn or twitter or elsewhere? Whichever industry you belong to write about what you know inside out. We live in a digital world where there’s ease of access to information. Besides writing doesn’t mean you have to be ‘creative’. If you can decode difficult stuff into a simple write up to get a point across you’re a good writer already.

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Think about the reader

Put yourself in the spot of a reader. Would you like to read something that you’re writing? This process is a little complex because you’ll have to detach yourself from your work, but it works. Criticise but don’t edit it when you’re writing. Write in full flow before you sit down to editing it. Is it too complex and convoluted? Are you straying from making the point? Can you shorten your write-up? Do you need to add more detail to it? Will your reader get the point? Think about your write-up in entirety before submitting it.

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Find your routine and Sheldon spot

For some people it’s early mornings, for some, it’s the noon time while there are others who prefer the dark of the night. Do you needed to figure out yours?  When do you feel most charged up to write? Do you like to scribble on your notepad or type furiously on your laptop? Is there a favorite spot where you would like to plonk yourself? A cafeteria or your study next to the window where you can see passersby? Or do you like to listen to music as you write? Find your routine.

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Organize your thought

Every story has a plot, a purpose and a direction. You need to be clear what your purpose of writing is and how you can create the desired effect and impact on your readers. If it’s a small article or a blog then focus on a strong beginning and if necessary make a roadmap in your note book. List down how you want to approach each sub-topic or what you wish to cover. Also sign off appropriately.

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Ask for criticism

You may have wondered on what makes one a good writer and let us tell you that you need to be open to criticism. Send your piece to someone whose help you may need to get grammar in check or inputs in terms of content. This could be your friend or your editor. Someone whose advice you most trust. It’s a good idea to have your work vetted because often times we miss out spotting errors in our own work.

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Read

Every writer experiences a roadblock and it is important to feel stuck up too or else you end up writing similar stuff despite the urgency to change your writing style. The next time you can’t write, read. Read something other than what you have an expert hand in writing. Sometimes we need to completely take a detour to be able to come back to the start. Pick up a kid’s story book or a magazine you’d been longing to read or follow bloggers you were following but stopped because you were too busy with work. The point is to pause and resume.

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Most importantly remember that you don’t have to embellish your write up. Some people can and some people can’t. If you belong to the latter category there’s not a thing to worry. Every writer finds a reader. You will too. Besides, your answer to ‘how to become a better writer’ may have been answered in this article, but make sure you implement the tips.

Mitali Bose
Mitali manages the Brand Marketing & PR effort at Work Better Training. With a love for the written word, she enjoys writing on varied topics that catch her fancy. When soft skills & business seem to teeter towards the boring, she adds a pinch of Game of Thrones or Cricket to it to jazz it up!

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