How to Improve Your Writing Skills

by Johnny Webber

1. Read. A lot. Check out your local library. Or buy a kindle and find free books online.

2. Write. A lot. Use 750words.com to get into the habit of writing every day. If you prefer to write by hand, try buying a journal.

3. Improve your grammar. The Elements of Style will teach you the basics of writing. Grammarly is a useful tool for perfecting your grammar.

4. Try writing prompts. Maybe you need a new perspective. Reddit has a great community on sharing writing prompts.

5. Take a course. Lynda.com and edx.org have several writing classes available online.

6. Imitate a writer you love. Hunter S. Thompson would copy The Great Gatsby word for word in his spare time to slow down his reading and really understand the great novel.

7. Try outlining. Lay out how you want your writing to flow for a clearer understanding when it’s time to put pen to paper.

8. Edit edit edit. Don’t be afraid to go back and change your work. You can turn something ugly into something beautiful.

9. Simplify. Eliminate all those unnecessary words. Hemingway App is a great resource to do just that.

How to Improve Your Writing Skills