Want to Improve Your Writing Skills? Here’s How!

If you write for a living, or as a hobby, you would realize that there are many different types of writing. There’s creative fiction and there’s informative non-fiction. There are blog posts to drive traffic to a particular site, and then there’s copywriting for marketing purposes. Whatever you may be writing for, it’s always a good idea to want to improve yourself.

Here are some ways you can bring your writing to a whole new level, and engage more people while you’re at it:

1. Read up

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The best way to know good from great is by reading, and reading a lot. When it comes to online content, spending time on social media will give you an idea of which sites generate more traffic. Spend time reading successful content and understanding the various styles, and the types of topics they pick to feature. Reading regularly will keep you in touch with the latest trends and current issues so you can incorporate these into your writing. Also, don’t just stop at reading online content, but branch out and read books and magazines as well.

2. Practice, practice, practice

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In your free time, you may want to practice your writing in the form of a personal blog or journal. It doesn’t have to be public, but it will allow you to keep track of your writing quality, as well as allow you a way to get your feelings on paper. Journaling will also allow you to experiment with different styles of writing, to see what works best for you.

3. Edit your own content

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Always go through your own writing and ensure that it is free of grammatical mistakes and that all your punctuations are in the right place. Re-reading your piece also ensures that the flow of ideas are natural and that it gels together without sounding awkward. Sometimes, what sounds right in your head doesn’t come out quite as expected in writing.

4. Master Your Basics

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It may seem trivial and unimportant, but many writers tend to overlook their skills in basic grammar. Always take the time to learn the ‘its’ from the ‘it’s’, and the ‘your’ from the ‘you’re’. Beyond this, you can look up new words that other modern writers use and start incorporating them into your writing. Learn new expressions, and come up with fresh metaphors for engaging your readers, so that your writing doesn’t sound bland and repeated.

5. Don’t Take It Personally

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It’s very likely that your writings will have to go through some form of external editing. You’ll have to keep an open mind if your work is returned with requests for amendments, or some form of criticism. Don’t take it personally, as most writers, even the most experienced ones, don’t always get it right on the first draft. Learn from your mistakes and improve on them.

If you’re a freelance writer, you’re welcome to list your writing services here at Kaodim and put forward your services when requested. Alternatively, if you’re a business owner looking to bring your marketing and advertisement to the next level, you’re welcome to request a freelance writer at this page, and you’ll get quotes from freelance writers in the Klang Valley.


written by Michelle Chee