10 Unconventional Ways to Become a Better Writer

by Lindsay 5/11/2018 11:05:00 PM

Contributed by: Mollie Porein

 

Are you a creative person who enjoys the act of writing? Maybe writing is just something that comes naturally to you? If you love to craft with words, you should probably consider the ways that you can use to become the best writer you can be.

Just consider all the kinds of writing you may encounter at work:

·         Reports

·         Blog posts

·         Emails

·         Facebook updates

·         Twitter posts

Give it some consideration and you’ll find that the list is endless!

We’re living at a time when writing is infiltrating every aspect of both our social and business lives. Statistics show that you actually write at least 40 thousand words a year, so shouldn’t you think about how you can perfect your craft? No one has time to take a course or study it formally if they’re a busy bee or at work, so that’s why we’ve come up with ten of the best unconventional ways that you can improve your writing today.

1. Be Clear

It’s often the case that we run around with our heads in the clouds, lost in thought, so as you sit down, ask yourself why you’re writing in the first place.

What exactly are you trying to achieve with the particular writing you’re about to do? Whether you’re trying to write captivating content or something else, it’s vitally important that you’re clear about this.

Is your goal to write something that brightens up one’s morning or are you looking to motivate others? Whatever it is, you’ve got to know your intention and be clear about this. Doing this will allow you to commit to something and create the best kind of writing.

2. What’s the Reason? Get There

This is particularly important in the business world. Think about what the point is and get to it as soon as possible. It’s often difficult to articulate this to others but think about the reason you’re writing. One of the best ways to channel your thoughts and get to the point is to think about the following:

·         What is the reason I’m writing?

·         What would I like you to know?

·         What would I like you to do?

These kinds of questions are worth answering and referring to as you write. Getting to the point is important, otherwise, your writing can become stagnant and dull.

3. Simplicity

Simplicity is often crucial in writing. Think about ways in which you can practice written communication in a simple and timely manner. One of the best techniques is to visualise that you’re writing for an audience consisting of toddlers or small children. Try and explain to them what your job is or something simple – sooner or later you’ll see if you’re being clear or not.

4. A Happy Place

Have you ever noticed how you write better when you’re happy? Forcing yourself to write when you’re stressed makes things difficult.

Recent research has indicated that getting into a relaxed and happy state can help you let it go and become more creative as a result. When your body is feeling good and you can sense the dopamine being released by your brain, this is when you’re more likely to have a eureka moment and write something beautiful.

What makes you happy and where is your happy place? Think about this and do whatever you’ve got to do to get in that happy state. Play a piece of music, light up some incense, talk to a loved one – whatever it is, get yourself relaxed and ready to write.

5. Limit Your Time

For a lot of people, the longer one ruminates over their writing, the worse one feels and the more the writing suffers. There’s no reason to endlessly chew over your writing, so give yourself a realistic time limit to complete your writing task and give yourself a bit more structure, learning to write productively.

Whatever it may be, from clearing out your junk emails to writing a message to your employer, make a realistic goal and set a realistic time. Once it’s up, that should be it – no more! You deserve to get on with your life.

6. A Change of Perspective

If you’re not sure where your writing is going and you need to set the emotional tone just right, ask yourself this:

“What would my idol write?”

Perhaps you have a writer that really inspires you, so try to put yourself in their shoes. Experiment with other perspectives – there are many to choose from.

7. Limitations Bring Creation

Sometimes, if you’re able to limit yourself, you’ll be forced to think of new ways that you can achieve things. If you’re a creative writer, giving yourself a few constraints on your writing will help you come up with more creative ways to write, really firing those synapses. Set yourself a limit, be it the number of words, the time you write or some other limit, in order to inspire new creative ways of writing.

8. A Strong Ending

Have you ever found yourself lost in an endless sea of emails? There are many questions that build upon other questions, never leading you to make the decisive action.

Whatever you do, be decisive in your stance and wrap up your writing with a strong end. Try to make a decisive stance and end on a powerful summary.

9. Saying Things Out Loud

When it’s possible to do so, try and read what you’re writing out loud. This will let you instantly see if it’s been written in the style of a boring old cyborg or a human being. Are there many typos, strangely long sentences or duplicated words? If so, you may want to make some tweaks and repeat the process. If it’s not possible for you to do this with acceptable volume, whispering under your breath also works but not to the same extent as a loud booming voice.

10. Improving Someone’s Day

At first, this may sound odd – what does making someone’s day have to do with improving writing? If you are going to write, you may as well make someone feel a little better. People get a lot of emails and read a lot of things they’re not interested in, statistics show that visitors to websites only read 20% of what’s there, but perhaps you can make a difference. Every email, every tweet, every blog post, and any other writing dictated towards somebody is an opportunity to bring about a sense of positivity. You can choose to make someone’s day if you want, so why not do it?

Often, a few kind words go a long way. The people that you communicate with will appreciate it and will come away with the sense of satisfaction if you can write in this manner.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re writing perfectly or not, just try to be positive. You’ll find that this reinforces both your writing and your positive energy, allowing you to write better as a result.

Conclusion

So whatever kind of writing you come up with, make sure that you incorporate these techniques to help you improve. Sooner or later you’ll find your writing improving and you taking on the persona of a highly competent writer.

Have you had any experiences that have helped you improve your writing? Do you have any tips to suggest? We’d love to hear from you – leave us a comment below.


BIO: Mollie Porein is high skilled web content writer. She is interested in topics about education, writing, blogging, motivation, etc. The essay writers could always find a lot of useful information in her articles. Connect with her on LinkedIn and follow her on Twitter.

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