10 Ways to Boost Your Writing
In high school you are going to
encounter essay writing for the first
time. Here are some tips to help you improve your skills as a
writer which will also help you a lot when you reach university
1. Write Often
Give yourself a boost with regular
writing practices like journal writing, taking notes on your reading,
and freewriting (writing quickly for 10 minutes, without stopping
to think about grammar, spelling, or organization).
Experiment to expand your range
and abilities. Try writing for many different purposes and audiences
-- try stories, memoirs, letters to the editor, and more.
3. Have Fun with Writing
Play with words, use your imagination,
and tune your ear for language that tickles you. Look for pleasing
words and phrases that jump out when you read them, and use them
in your writing. And keep your eyes and ears peeled -- ideas and
inspiration for writing are lurking everywhere.
4. Get Feedback
Don't be shy about passing your
writing around -- it's good experience to get feedback from friends,
family, and writers you respect.
"Read like a wolf eats!"
as writer Gary Paulsen says. Read like a writer! Try to imagine
why and how the author did something in a certain way and think
about the techniques you use in your own writing. Use your favorite
writers as models for writing practice.
6. Write Outside of English Class
Use writing to find out what you
know, not just in English class, but also in other subjects and
in ordinary life. The funny thing about writing is that it actually
helps you think! Whether it's a math problem or a magazine article,
writing about it can help you think it through and make connections.
7. Learn the Tricks of the Trade
If writer's block is making it hard
to get started, try brainstorming, clustering, looking for ideas
in your journal or writer's notebook, or imitating the first lines
of your favorite novels.
8. Write What You Know
There's no need to make each piece
your life's history, but do find your topics, descriptions, dialogue,
and ideas in your own life's experiences.
9. Revise and Edit
Work first on developing and drafting
your ideas. Revise, revise, revise! Then edit for correct grammar
and spelling. Try this technique used by professional editors:
Don't search for every type of error at once -- use separate readings
of your document to find and correct different types of errors.
Your close attention to revising and editing will make your writing
clearer to your audience.
10. Start a Writing Folder
Save your writings in a writing
folder or notebook and occasionally take time to review and reflect.
Ask yourself what you like about a piece, what you don't like,
and what you would like to change. Your writing notebook will
help you choose areas that you still want to work on, and will
be a rich source for new ideas
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