Tips for Improving Your Writing

Whether you’re writing for a blog, school essay, technical manual, or academic report, there are things that you can practice to improve your writing.

The importance of writing is to communicate. It may be instructions, emotions, ideas, knowledge, or even relating events, whether it’s fictional or non-fictional.

Before you start writing, it’s best to know who your audience is. It’s easier to write if you know who you are communicating with. You won’t expect a child to understand statistical information that you have written even if it is about their favorite toys or TV program. Knowing who you are going to communicate to takes away the pain of trying to figure out how you are going to write about something.

 

Here are a few tips on how you can improve your writing:

Know your audience

Find out the demographics. You need to know your target audience. Writing without knowing is like going out of your house and simply talking about any topic hoping that someone will listen. If you know your target reader then you can find out things that are important to your readers based on your topic. You can even decide on what topic you are going to write about based on what is important to your reader. Knowing who you are writing for helping you communicate by adjusting your content towards a certain audience. Don’t expect your reader to Google unfamiliar terminologies that are in line with a different audience.

Talk

If you have a kind ear that is willing to help, then talking to them about what you want to write will really help. This is also great if that person belongs in your target audience. This will help you find ways to relate your writing in speech. There’s a chance of exchanging ideas, topic discussions, and even feedback about your chosen topic.

Gather your facts and information

If you are writing a manual that doesn’t really care much for your points of view, then you need to gather all your facts, details, information, and whatever things that you need to include in your writing. Don’t write and gather. Gather first, and then write. If you are going to write about a business then you need to study the business.

Basic English

It’s never a pleasure to read unintentional mistakes. You don’t need to be an expert in written English, but you need to make sure you don’t make any mistakes that the grammar Nazis will be all over your writing. There are plenty of online grammar tools available – most of them free.

Plan

You might not be one of those people who can start writing 1000 words of art from thin air without planning. You know those writers who base their drive from inspiration? What you need to do is go with a basic plan: plan by gathering ideas, drafting, revising, proofreading, and publishing. Let inspirations be your multivitamins to your writing. You need to be able to write without them, but they help you patch up your mental blocks.

You can be writing as an art, hobby, or a job. Remember the importance of writing is to communicate.

 

Mimi Rothschild is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8, writer of a series of books called Cyberspace for Kids, and passionate advocate for children and education that is truly worthy of them. In 2001, Mimi and her late husband founded Learning By Grace, a leading provider of online Christian homeschooling Academies. 

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