3 Tips for Writing Success


Are you trying to work on your writing? Do you sometimes feel frustrated with your lack of progress with your writing skills?

If you want to improve your English writing skills, then I think there are 3 areas -- 3 practices, 3 habits -- that you regularly need to work on. If you regularly do these 3 practices, these 3 habits on a weekly or daily basis, then your English writing skills will get better.

These 3 areas are:
1. improving your vocabulary
2. improving your grammar
3. getting to know your audience and writing to your audience - that is, getting to know the people who will read what you write, and targeting your writing -- your writing style -- to them.


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Tip #1 - Improve Your Vocabulary





Growing your vocabulary is important. Set aside time to work on learning new words and adding them to your vocabulary every week. I suggest you buy a paper notebook for this, and call it your "Vocabulary Journal."

When you find new words that you want to remember -- new words that you've heard or new words that you've read -- then write them down in your vocabulary journal. And then at the same time you can also easily take a few minutes to review the other words in your notebook that you have previously learned.

When you expand your vocabulary, your writing will become more interesting to your readers and more powerful. People like to see variety in what they read -- they don't want to see a writer using the same words, the same phrases over and over. So, one great way to add interest to your writing is by using a variety of words.




Tip #2 - Improve Your Grammar




Try to find time in your weekly schedule to work on your English grammar skills. Find some books and worksheets to help you practice grammar.


And, you can do a google search and find lots of websites with free grammar practice activities. Just google "English grammar practice" and you'll find a huge list of websites to help you.

Working on your grammar is important because when you have excellent grammar skills, your readers will be better able to understand how you are organizing your ideas and information in your writing, how your ideas and information flow together and are connected together. So, working on your organization, punctuation, clauses, and sentences will help you add variety and interest to your writing.




Tip #3 - Understand Your Audience





You need to understand your audience. Are you writing for a teacher? Are you writing for your boss and co-workers at work? Are you writing for a general audience? Do you know what your audience will expect from your writing?


When you understand your audience and what they want to see -- that is, the style of writing they like to see -- in papers, reports, articles, and stories, the more success you will have in communicating your thoughts, your ideas to your readers.



Check out this excellent blog post by Kirsty D. Major for her 10 tips on writing for your audience.


Summary

Working on these three area of your writing - vocabulary, grammar, and targeting your writing to a specific audience - will help you grow as an English writer. It takes consistent practice to become better at writing. If you take the time to regularly work on learning vocabulary, studying grammar and targeting your writing to your audience, then you will have more success as a writer.



So these are my 3 general tips to help you become a better writer. What words of advice would you add to my list? Please share your tips in the comments below.



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Matthew Huseby, M.A.
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Comments

  1. I am enjoying your posts. Since English is not my mother tongue, I sometimes end up with sentences that just seem a little "off". Thanks for all the tips and information! All is much appreciated!

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  2. Great advice Matthew! One of my favorite tricks for practicing writing with variety (I.e., expanding your vocabulary) is to write something without using certain phrases. I started with easier words and have gotten more and more difficult. For example, I recently wrote a persuasive piece without using the words "because" or "as a result." It was definitely a challenge! But you're right, people don't want to ready the same words over and over. Variety is the spice of life! :) thanks for your great post!
    -Meg

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    1. You are welcome, Meg! I really like your idea of trying to avoid a certain word in a writing activity as a way to encourage ourselves to think of other words that can be used in their place, to help add a change of pace to our writing.

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