HOW TO WRITE BETTER

Writing Better

When people describe what good writing is, most believe that it’s elaborate and complicated. The secret to writing better is to keep it simple and clear. It’s more difficult to write clearly and concisely that you may think.

It’s not uncommon for people to wonder if their writing is up to par. Even the most talented writer sometimes questions their writing abilities.

Fortunately, writing is a process that gets better with practice. You don’t have to go through traditional education to learn how to write better. It doesn’t take years. Along with practice, you can learn to write much better by learning some quick tips and using the tools available to you. Here is more information on how to write better.

What is Good Writing?

People usually treat their writing as a response to something, and while some consider it lonely, it’s a social act of responding to people and the world that surrounds us. Good writing communicates what we want to say effectively and to do this it must be presented in a logical order that anyone reading it can understand.

Writing is evidence of a subjective or subject position taken to change a reader’s mind or help them evolve. Its also about decision making, as the writer chooses the specific words they use and organizes the structure of their writing for a reason.

Writing is a process of social context, decision-making, linearity, objectivity, and subjectivity that takes place through a language and over time. The best writers use systems that they’ve developed through trial and error, as well as practice. Tips, tricks, and tools create short-cuts for efficient and effective writing that’s easy to read and understand.

Different Styles of Writing

There are four primary writing styles. While each writer has a different writing style that reflects their voice and personality, they use different types of writing to communicate a specific purpose.

Descriptive

Just as it appears, the primary purpose of descriptive writing is to paint the reader a vivid, detailed picture. Descriptive writing focuses on an event, place, or character using specifics.

The writer visualizes what he or she hears, sees, feels, tastes, and smells and it’s often poetic. You would use descriptive writing for the following:

  • Diary or journal writing
  • Nature writing
  • Poetry
  • Descriptive paragraphs in fiction writing

Expository

Authors use expository writing to explain something. It’s a writing style that is subject-oriented. Writers describe the facts about a topic without including their personal opinions.

Expository writing is one of the most common writing styles, and it’s usually written in a logical sequence so that people can understand it better. Some uses for expository writing:

 

  • Articles that explain how to do something
  • Textbooks
  • Scientific, technical, or business writing
    Recipes
  • Some news stories that strictly explain the facts of a subject or topic

Narrative

Narrative writing is used to tell a story. Writers create different characters and illustrate the tale utilizing their various points of view to describe what happens to them. Stories have logical beginnings, interims, and endings.

Ordinarily, these stories include conflicts, motivational events, actions, and solutions. Examples of when to use narrative writing include:

 

  • Short stories
  • Novellas
  • Poetry
  • Novels
  • Anecdotes
  • Biographies and autobiographies

Persuasive

As the name of this writing style suggests, persuasive writing is used to convince your audience to agree with your point of view. This type of writing often contains the author’s biases and opinions. It presents arguments, reasons, and justifications as to why readers should agree with the writer.

There is usually a call-to-action that the author encourages you to take. Persuasive writing includes:

 

  • Cover letters
  • Editorial and opinion newspaper articles
  • Advertisements
  • Letters of complaint
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Reviews

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Best Tools

There are some handy apps and writing tools that provide shortcuts for better writing and make it more polished.

Grammarly

Grammarly comes in a free or paid version and allows you to edit and proofread your writing with ease. It even has an add-on for Microsoft Word that checks for more grammatical errors than spell check. It also provides suggestions to make your writing better.

Hemingway Editor

This handy tool is well-known and often used in the writing community because it’s easy to understand. There is a web version, or you can download the program onto your computer. It checks the readability of your writing and assigns a grade level.

Graph Words

Behind every good writer is an excellent thesaurus! This tool is even better because it is a visual thesaurus that you can interact with. Graph words color codes words into verbs, adverbs, adjectives, and nouns. It is an immersive, visually stimulating tool.

WRITING TIPS

Learning how to write better doesn’t happen instantaneously. Prepare to put some work in, but in the end, it’s all worth it. The harder you work, the quicker you’ll learn to write better. With a few writing tips and tricks, you’ll become a better writer and continue to improve as you practice your trade.

No one ever stops refining their writing. Even the savviest writer knows that there is always something to learn or improve.

Here are some essential writing tips to help you on your journey:

 

Write every day – Seriously! Practice makes perfect. Writing everyday refines your skills and keeps your momentum going.

Read – Another important tip; the best writers are voracious readers and learners.

Just write – Don’t stress over being a good writer. Just write. This practice makes you a better writer without overthinking the process.

Forget perfectionism – Many people want to stop and edit along the way and make everything perfect. In reality, this slows you down and only causes you to anguish over small details that don’t matter or will work themselves out in the editing process.

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