26 Aug 2016
Improve your Writing
Just because we can speak English doesn’t necessarily mean that we can write confidently too.
Writing requires a whole different approach to speaking, and, like most things, comes from practice.
When you can write confidently, a whole range of opportunities open up to you – they may be career or leisure based, but there’s no doubt that improving your writing skills will enhance every aspect of your life.
At Sounds English, our aim is for you to be completely confident in both your spoken AND written English, so, to set you on your way, we thought we’d put together some tips to get you up to speed.
Keep it all together
Whether it’s a notepad made of paper or journaling software on your computer, find a place to keep all your writing together. This way, you’ll see your progress and, from progress comes encouragement and motivation, keeping you focused on your ultimate goal, which is to write better English.
Find your subject
You do your best when you’re passionate about what it is you’re doing. The same goes for your writing. Pick something that interests you and write about it in English, as best you can.
Use every weapon
Use all the tools that your software might offer – for example, spell-check or thesaurus (for finding different words with the same broad meaning.) Not only does this mean that you’ll be getting more from the software (itself a benefit, because maybe you can write about that too,) your writing will immediately begin to look more polished and you will improve your vocabulary.
If you’re using a notepad and pencil, always have your dictionary and thesaurus with you, you might not have the convenience and speed of the software but the benefits will be the same.
Write, Write & Write Again
No piece of work is ever perfect and can always be improved. The only way to do this is to look at what you’ve written or perhaps, get somebody else to read it, take their comments and rewrite. You may suddenly come across ways to say or express something that hadn’t been obvious before.
No one ever likes their work being criticised, but it’s the only way to improve. If it’s good enough for the likes of JK Rowling, Sir Terry Pratchett and the like, it’s good for you.
Get into the habit of writing every day, preferably in the same environment so that your brain automatically switches into writing mode.
Nothing good comes easily, so stick with it – enjoy the small victories and learn from your mistakes. People who write for a living still make errors – have a look at your favourite English language newspaper or blog website, and see what the editor/writer missed.