“How do I improve my writing skills?” Nearly every day people email me questions like this. The questions come from the most unlikely places, from fourteen year old aspiring novelists, from corporate and government leaders who want to help their colleagues communicate better, even from people trying to improve their English.
“Practice,” I often tell them. But what do you practice? What are the basic skills you need to learn to write well?
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Improve Writing Skills
Over next few months in my Friday articles I’m going to be focusing on this question: what are the basics to writing well? But first, I need your help. What do you think the basics are to writing well?
I’m not talking about writing novels or short stories or poetry or blog posts here. I’m just talking about regular, everyday writing. How do you write better emails, reports, essays, memos, not to mention those blog posts, short stories, poems, and yes, even novels.
What are the ten or twenty things you need to learn and practice to write well?
Do YOU Want to Be a Better Writer?
If you’d like to improve at writing, you know by now you’re in the write place (oops, the “right” place… sorry, bad habit).
So what are you struggling with in your writing? In which areas would you like to grow? Have you received any negative feedback and know you need to improve your writing skills?
Share your insights and struggles about the basics of writing in the comments section. In the next few months, I’ll answer your questions here. Looking forward to it!
What are the basics of writing well? What are you struggling with in your writing?