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How to improve writing skills?

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:44 pm
by Evall
What do you do to improve your writing skills?

Re: How to improve writing skills?

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:33 pm
by mbbntu
Read -- analytically.

Re: How to improve writing skills?

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:41 pm
by lunk
Write, a lot.

You learn something by training. If you want to learn to write, write a lot, and then read what you’ve written.

Re: How to improve writing skills?

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:28 pm
by kewms
Read a lot.

Write a lot.

Classes can help, but primarily because they (1) force you to actually write things and (2) ensure that you'll get feedback on what you've written.

Katherine

Re: How to improve writing skills?

Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:08 am
by Jolanth Szatmary
I like doing some experimental stuff from time to time:

- if you touch type: turn the screen brightness all the way down and type a chapter without seeing what you're writing. Results can be interesting.

- Go to to a place that is the opposite of what you usually need for writing. If you need a quiet room, go to a busy café and try to concentrate against the distraction.

- Set yourself rules for your writing project, you could, for instance, assign each character in your story to a figure on a chess board. Characters can only meet if they are able to meet on the chess board, too. If a pawn needs to get out of the way, you'll have to »move« this character first (i.e. write about them). Just a silly idea I once tried out.

Other than that: Write, write, write. And watch your style evolve.

Good luck!

js.

Re: How to improve writing skills?

Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:48 am
by Tanith
Everyone's already covered the basics: read a lot, write a lot. Even if it's just emails, you're honing your writing skills each time your fingers start that magical keyboard dance.

In addition to what's already been suggested I'd add the great spectator sport of people watching. On the job, on public transportation, at home with the family, at the supermarket, whatever. One can pick up all sorts of useful tidbits to build characters with just by watching one's fellow humans.

Re: How to improve writing skills?

Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:10 pm
by sunnydays
Good advice given so far. My addition to it - I joined a writing group where every member is at various stages of writing their novels (multiple genres). Every few weeks you send them a chapter, they read it and then at the meeting they tell you their critique.

I've learnt a lot from correcting some basic punctuation mistakes that are ingrained in me (ongoing process) to learning to take criticism. It's not a simple process of course. What the other members say is not necessarily correct. As the writer you have to sift through all of the suggestions and determine which you are going to take on. That is outrageously difficult (imo), yet also a great learning opportunity for me.

Re: How to improve writing skills?

Posted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 2:05 pm
by Lewis-H
Brush up on the basic principles of writing, grammar, and spelling.
Write like it's your job and practice regularly.
Read more so you develop an eye for what effective writing looks like.
Find a partner.
Join a workshop, meetup, or take a writing class.

Regards,
Lewis

Re: How to improve writing skills?

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:07 am
by ursbucher
I want to improve my writing skills: to make the style more eloquent and enrich my vocabulary. What courses to choose? There're hundreds of online courses, but you never know which are the best. I don't want to simply squander time on those. Any types of courses where I can do my English homework or Literature tasks (in creative writing)?

Re: How to improve writing skills?

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:09 am
by ursbucher
I'm a sphomore at The College of Saint Benedict (Creative Writing major). And it's a shame, when I can't find a word for my narration. I have written a couple of sci-fi dystopian stories, but I don't think I will start writing professionally.

Re: How to improve writing skills?

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:56 pm
by RHarvey
Everyone has given great advice.

I would add, if you like a book/short story reread it again and again. Especially if the style is one you wish to emulate.

Re: How to improve writing skills?

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:34 am
by lunk
Read and do the exercises in the book ”Steering the Craft” by Ursula K LeGuin.

Re: How to improve writing skills?

Posted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:20 am
by acraine
Rewrite.