10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer

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  1. chrisdina

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    1. Write.
    2. Write more.
    3. Write even more.
    4. Write even more than that.
    5. Write when you don’t want to.
    6. Write when you do.
    7. Write when you have something to say.
    8. Write when you don’t.
    9. Write every day.
    10. Keep writing.

    Brian Clark
     
  2. alexcarlson

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    Hi,
    If you want to read about writing, you need to pick up a copy of The Elements of Style by William Strunk. This influential guide to English and grammar is one of the best books ever written on the topic. It includes eight elementary rules of usage, ten elementary principles of composition, a list of commonly misused words and other rules of form that you can't do without.

    Thanks
     
  3. chrisdina

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    Thanks for the information. But we must try to write. Becoming a good copywriter is an art form that takes a lifetime to master. There isn't a perfect copywriter. :)
     
  4. Kay

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    With all due respect, just writing alone doesn't make you a better writer. You have to be willing to write, rewrite and rewrite again, plus learn from the masters like Strunk as alex suggested. I could write a page of rubbish every day. That doesn't make me a good writer or copywriter. The more you practice, the more you hone your skills. That's true. But only if you learn from your mistakes and are willing to take on board advice from the experts. Strunk's book has been in print since 1918 for a reason. :)
     
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    I think besides above mention rules the next formula to became a good writer is that "good reading is necessary to became a good writer" these both communication methods have very close links & we can say that there are perfect correlation exists between theses two.
     
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    It will improve your hand writing no doubt.
    I think that to be a better writer needs to be a better reader.
    read more & more add some special words 7 proper paragraphing to be a good writer.
     
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    :laugh: You are soooo right! I've experienced the momentum from doing the above. I probably should get back at doing just that. :cool:

    Thanks for the reminder!
     
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    Steps to becoming a better writer...

    1. Read as Much as You Can
    2. Write as Much as You Can
    3. Take a Free Writing Course
    4. Read The Elements of Style
    5. Build Your Vocabulary
    6. Become a Better Researcher
    7. Write for an Audience
    8. Have Your Work Critiqued
    9. Learn How to Edit Your Own Work
    10. Forget Spell Check--Proofread
     
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    I like that. You're indeed correct. As part of communication both written and oral are always link to one another. You can never call yourself a good writer if your not a good reader. Same as you will never be a good speaker if your not a good listener. Nice one dude. :D
     
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    Another option is to search the Internet for your chosen topic, then cut and paste into a document any bits that you find appropriate. Put the chunks into an order that flows and then rewrite them sufficiently so that the whole text appears to be original.

    I know that a number of marketeers use this method especially when they are not familiar with the subject or when time is of the essence but if you are able to be truly original then all well and good.
     
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    Well for me in order to write well you must have the will to write and the passion for the topic you are writing about. Of course if you get hired to write on various topic, just be very vigilant in researching about the topic and always be sincere with what you are writing.
     
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    Not a bad idea! And I believe that Evernote would be the perfect tool for gathering information too. It lets you grab more than just text.

    Sometimes a picture can be enough to remind me of what I intended to write about. They make excellent prompts too when you're stuck for ideas.
     
  13. chrisdina

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    That's a good tool, Kay....thanks.
    Yesterday I found this tool, articlechanger.
    This is a free article rewriter tool, so we will get a unique article...but sometimes the result is not too good.
     
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    I love the video introduction.. It was so funny.. ahaha.. xD
     
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    I would say a good writer is a good reader. The wider range of literature you can take in, the better you can adapt those techniques into your writing.
     
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    Here are some tips from the writing masters themselves...

    STEPHEN KING’S 7 TIPS FOR BECOMING A BETTER WRITER
    1. Get to the point.
    2. Write a draft. Then let it rest.
    3. Cut down your text.
    4. Be relatable and honest.
    5. Don’t care too much what others may think.
    6. Read a lot.
    7. Write a lot.

    GEORGE ORWELL'S 6 RULES

    Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
    Never us a long word where a short one will do.
    If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
    Never use the passive where you can use the active.
    Never use a foreign phrase, scientific word, or jargon if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
    Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.
    - “Politics and the English Language”

    ORWELL'S 6 QUESTIONS
    In every sentence that you write, ask yourself,

    What am I trying to say?
    What words will express it?
    What image or idiom will make it clearer?
    Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?
    Could I put it more shortly?
    Have I said anything that is avoidably ugly?
     
  17. david.delaney

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    HAHA! The introduction was extremely amusing! I totally agree!
    The book referred above, The Elements of Style, was actually very interesting and I did learn a lot from it! More than I could have just by writing!

    Good luck to all,
    David
     
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    nice tips.thank u for telling us.practice makes perfect.we should keep writing.
     
  19. sigma

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    Half agree but not fully agree. I always say "practice make prefect" but there is one condition - you need to have knowledge base. To improve the writing skill, not only keep on writing but also need to read more and learn more
     

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