Ok, first things first. I’m no book author or English Major, and I’m definitely not an up-and-coming Canadian writer to watch out for.
In fact, I’ve never even published so much as an E-book or email newsletter.
Further, I don’t even friggin’ read enough.
At this point I’m just a blogger that likes to write with approximately 10 months of experience.
But that’s all besides the point, because the purpose of this post is to discuss the ways I’m learning how to write better.
Writing is very similar to working out in that it’s a muscle that needs to be exercised every day, otherwise the skill quickly vanishes away like a box of doughnuts around a police station.
It needs to be stretched, studied, and routinely prepared for the same way an NBA player gets ready for one of their games.
And the parallels continue.
For example, both writing and exercising have a plateau point of diminishing returns.
On the writing side, the natural curiosity can only take it so far, so you have to start studying other writers by reading.
On the exercising side, the body soon adapts to your rigorous workout routine, so you have to counter by switching it up.
“The difference between the almost right word and the rightword is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” ― Mark Twain
In my own experience with writing so far, I’ve found reading to be the best way to learn how to write better.
However, you have to approach the reading from a writing perspective in the first place to know what to look for.
A great way to do that is to start a blog.
It allows you to practice becoming a better writer everyday and engage with other bloggers which helps you get an idea of where to improve at.
Besides that writing is just about going with what flows good and adding your own personality to it.
I write like I talk and imitate people I think write good.
Though, what makes for good writing is all subjective anyways, right?
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Read More Books
The best way to become a better writer is to read more books.
Because if you think about it, they teach kids to read in school by continually putting them in situations where they have to read more.
They get them to write book reports, read out loud in the classroom, make speeches, and assign them reading buddies.
That said, reading is also a remarkably great teacher when it comes to writing.
You just have to be open to looking for the ways to improve in the first place.
To know where you need to improve, you must already be writing and reading other work.
Then, through reading, your mind will automatically begin to store up a more diverse vocabulary.
You’ll be able to get a better idea of what writing style you enjoy too.
There’s a lot of book worms out there that could probably write their faces off, but they’re probably too busy judging everyone else instead.
Read More Blogs
To the last point, reading more books is great and all, but there’s a huge different between a novel writer and a blogger.
That said, you need to be reading other blogs if you want to become a blogger.
Even the more accomplished bloggers still read and comment on other posts, because they care about contributing to the community.
Reading more blogs will help you gain knowledge and learn what other bloggers are talking about.
This way, you can start to get an idea of where to differentiate yourself.
But be patient because this part takes time.
You’ll be commenting on other blogs daily and that interaction alone will also lead to improved writing.
Working out is a fantastic way to refresh your mind and come up with clever new ideas.
While at the gym, I occasionally start feeling so revitalized that I go on lackadaisical Twitter rants, because it just makes the words crawl into my head.
Ok, part of it is the music lyrics, but you can’t tell me the post-workout swagger doesn’t carry over into the writing.
The words just pour onto the page after that, trust me, you’ll have a thousand words written in no time.
Exercise really does keep you looking superior, feeling better, eating healthier, and keeps your mind sharper so you can write better as well.
Commit to an Achievable Amount of Writing Time Per Day
The best way to make sure you continue to write is to make it a habit, but make sure to keep it fun.
I originally started off trying to write a blog post per day and have attempted to write a specific amount per month numerous times.
However, I’ve come to learn that the best way to become a more consistent writer is to write for a set amount of time per day.
You don’t have to commit to a full blog post that day. Just try 1 hour.
Or try even 30 minutes a day to start and then move up from there.
Watch Motivational Shit on YouTube
There are plenty of mornings where my head is buzzing from a hangover and I need an extra kick to get me started.
And no, it’s not the Advil I’m talking about, sometimes it’s just nice to watch something productive.
I stick to 4 types of motivational videos—Top 10’s by Evan Carmichael, Garyvee, basketball videos, and Ted Talks.
For those that don’t see the connection between watching something and improving your writing, let me explain.
Listening to another persons perspective on something can lead to fresh ideas.
It’s that simple.
See if you can find something that works for you.
Write for Yourself
Even though you’re a blogger that’s trying to make money, you don’t have to sell out the same way you do at work.
Don’t let the pressure of what others think sway your writing.
Instead of trying to be like everyone else, focus on what makes you different and use that to your advantage.
Break the Regular Routine
There’s nothing like a new experience to spark something new to write about.
That said, if you’re sitting around often wondering what to write about then maybe you haven’t experienced enough in life yet.
Perhaps you need to travel more or are in need a career change.
Maybe it’s a new challenge or could even be just a change of scenery that’s required.
Break the routine by getting out of the house and doing something new.
Do something random and just let shit happen.
“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” ― Robert Frost
We’re often told to leave our issues at the door when arriving to work.
We’re told to forget that early morning argument and to do our work happily.
However, that concept changes as a writer because your emotion actually becomes your edge.
Just had an argument with your boss? Tap into that anger while it lasts and describe it in writing.
Just got back from the best trip of your life? Write about it on a travel blog. Your passion for it will shine through and readers will approve.
Go through a traumatic event? Write about it and find support in a group of like-minded individuals.
Don’t leave your emotions at the door when you sit down to write.
Instead, invite them.
There’s no way you expected this post to be without this point right?
Because I’ve been gushing about blogging as of late.
I also can’t think of a much better way to improve at writing than starting a blog.
Honestly, you get to engage with other writers and receive live feedback on your work.
And if you don’t receive any feedback then you’re either not engaging well enough or not writing well enough.
Both are opportunities to improve.
Read Out Loud
This is an important one for me because I try to write like I speak.
That said, I always like to play my blog posts out loud.
I find it really helps with catching spelling and grammar errors, though I probably still miss a ton.
It also helps make the article flow.
Question: What are the ways you improve at writing? Have any of the above points helped improve your writing?
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