If you have every considered making your living doing some type of writing, you may have wondered what exactly makes a person good at writing. Certainly, there are people who are famous for their writing and those that have written blogs or books that are amazing to read, but you don’t have to be one of these people to be successful at writing. In fact, just about anyone can be a good writer, regardless of their background, if they take the time to improve their writing.
So, what can you do to be a good writer?
There isn’t any single thing that determines whether a person is any good at writing or not, but I’m going to discuss some general tips and areas that a potential writer can focus on.
Now you don’t have to have any formal education in writing to be good at it and there are many people who have never studied writing. However, education can help, even if it simply teaches you a few new tricks.
Personally, my background in writing is somewhat strong, because I had an English teacher who strongly emphasized the need to learn writing skills, and this has been my focus ever since. Education tends to teach you the more formal aspects of writing, such as grammar, sentence structure and in some cases how to attract the attention of the audience.
Even if you aren’t planning on doing formal writing, these skills are still very important for helping to ensure that your writing is coherent and interesting to the reader.
Reading goes hand and hand with writing and most people find that the more they read , the better their writing skills become. Reading provides you with inspiration, and shows you the way that other people form sentences, the approaches that they use to grab attention and their language.
I would suggest that people read as much as they can across all different types of writing, including classical literature, newspapers, contemporary literature and blogs. You never know what you will pick up and you will probably enjoy yourself in the process.
The old saying practice makes perfect is as true with writing as it is with anything else. The more you write, the better you get at it, as you become more used to the process. You will probably find that you are not happy with your writing a lot of the time. Don’t worry too much about it. Over time, the quality of your writing will improve, as well as what you think about your writing.
It’s very easy to constantly edit and re-edit a piece of writing because you aren’t happy with it, and writers are well-known for doing this. While some editing is beneficial, it gets to a point where you are not adding anything to the piece by editing it again. Sometimes it may be better to let it go, while it still retains some spontaneity and life.