This time last year, I gave you 12 easy ways to improve your writing skills.
Here we are 12 months later… So, how many of these methods did you use? Here’s the original post, 12 Easy Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills In 2012 | Angela Booth’s Fab Freelance Writing Blog, and the 12 ways:
“1. Write Every Day, Everywhere
Writers write. If you write every day, you’re a writer, even if you’ve never sold a word.
Tip: you’ll need to force yourself to write daily, if you’re new to writing. It’s stressful at first. Here’s the big benefit of all that angst: writing will become a habit. After a time, writing is just something you do — you won’t be able to stop.
Once you have the writing habit, everything becomes much easier.
2. Collect Words, but Don’t Feel You Need to Use Them
Most writers love playing with words, and collecting words. Look up words you don’t know. Look up words you think you know, too.
However, remember that words aren’t the point. Communication’s the point.
3. Keep a Journal or Three
Some writers journal, others don’t. I journal. Here’s why: writing is discovery. It’s also therapeutic. You can exercise your pet neuroses without annoying people. Over time, you’ll become less neurotic. This is a good thing.”
Here’s a bonus method to go with the 12, in honor of 2013.
Bonus way to improve your writing skills
13. Use What You Learn
We all need to take action. If you’re anything like me, you make discoveries about your writing every day. You come across markets you’d like to try, strategies, you’d like to use, and tips you’d like to implement.
Wonderful as this knowledge is, it’s totally useless unless you implement at least some of it.
Here’s what I’m doing. When I learn something new, I make a note of it, and then I implement it at the first opportunity by adding it to my calendar.