Writing is intimidating and can take so much of your time if you are unsure about anything. The good news is that writing doesn’t have to be painful, and almost anybody can improve their writing skills with little effort and discipline. Therefore, we will give you some easy tips to help you improve your writing skills and write like a pro.
1. Spell check
The first tip seems like a no-brainer, right? But you wouldn’t believe how many people skip this quick and easy step for better writing. Spell checking is very important as it will lead your reader to a wrong idea if you made a simple typo. Nowadays, computer word program has a built-in auto spell checker but don’t always rely on it. It will not always give you the right word.
2. Make your writings short, simple, and relevant.
Imagine how tiring to read very long sentences with just a simple meaning. A short sentence, short paragraph and lots of images encourage readers to actually read what you wrote. Never forget to keep in mind that it’s harder to write short than to write long. So be prepared for extra challenges if needed. Here’s more from Time:
First things first, what is writing short?
For the book, it’s 300 words or fewer. That often constitutes “fair use” and 300 words is about the number of words that appear on a single, typewritten page. But by fewer, I mean all the way down to messages that are three letters long. The most consequential sentence I ever uttered in public is also the shortest: “I do.”
3. Omit unnecessary words.
Omitting unnecessary word will not just make your writings short and simple. It will also save your time, and perhaps, if you know about computer data, you are saving computer memory.
Here is what DailyPost has to say:
Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all sentences short, or avoid all detail and treat subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.
4. Read it out loud.
It might be silly to read a post to nobody in particular, but your ears can hear mistakes that your eyes gloss over. Thanks to god for giving us a pair of tool that works together. You will spot missing word when you sound strange or hear a sentence that is quite weird, you will know where to make changes. Then, give it a try to read it out loud, this time to a co-worker or friend. They can help you point out what went wrong and point out things you never noticed. It may uncomfortable at first, but you will feel more confident posting your work for the world to read.
5. Wait a day.
Unless you really need it immediately or you are working on a deadline, let your draft sit overnight. You will see it with a slightly different view in the morning. You will catch errors you didn’t see the day before-misspelled word, missing word, incomplete sentences and other small errors that you didn’t catch before.