Writing is perceived as a dreadful task by most students. But in the business world, it’s the most sought-after and useful skills. Achieving good writing skill doesn’t happen overnight, it needs practice and time to develop the skill. While you are in the process, try the following tips to develop your writing skill. Although directed at students, it is still generally applicable for those who are looking for an improvement in their writing skill.
Many students write their papers the night before the deadline and most have even deceived themselves into thinking they write best this way. But they are wrong. Teachers, Instructors, or Professors give out time to plan, research, write and revise a paper for best. Taking advantage of that time will not only make you produce a better paper but also make you free from stress and have a good night of sleep (or partying with friends) the night before the deadline. Manage your time at the beginning of semester-e.g 2 weeks for research, 2 weeks for writing and let the drafts sit for 2 weeks before revising for few days. During your writing time, set aside time to write for a little bit each day (minimum of 500 words a day is enough) and end your session when you are able to easily pick up the thread the next day.
Plan, then write.
Organizing and planning idea is one of the keys to a successful writing skill. There is no successful writer that has no plan when he does his work. Outlining your idea and/or making a diagram can make a big difference in your writing. It will not only help you point out which one to do first but also organize your work and perhaps help you save more time for other work. An effective outline accomplishes a number of things. It can serve as a guide to measure your progress against as you are writing. Finally, having a plan helps you focused on goals that you have set for the paperwork.
Start in the middle.
Most writers often encounter a problem in figuring out on how to start. Rather than starting at a blank screen, skip the introduction and jump into the body of your writing. It’s much easier to write an introduction once you already have a body.
Use directions wisely.
There is no way better than following a direction unless you are writing for your own. When you are writing for school assignments, essays, research paper and etc. Make sure you are following to meet the requirements. The most frequently asked question by students is “how long does it have to be?” The answer is as long as it needs to be made to make its point. However, almost every topic can be stretched out to fill out a book or fit into a single page of the summary.
A conclusion should not be a summary. Don’t confuse between the two. A summary is just the shortened body of your writing. The conclusion is the last paragraph or two and should encompass your argument, not a rehash of it. Explain the findings of your research and propose an explanation for the data presented
The best way to improve your writing skills is to keep on writing as much as you can. The tips above will just help you point out areas where you are likely to find the weakness that undermines your work.