From Cheryl's Writing Crate
Although I've been writing professionally for about 15 years now, I've had a pen and journal in hand since I first learned to write. Even before I could write anything that made sense, I still jotted down words, made lists, and even pretended I was a reporter because writing and taking notes made me feel important and empowered.
Today, I still feel empowered when I am able to take any thought at all and bring it to life on paper. Depending on my mood, and how creative I'm feeling there are times when my fingers can't keep up with the ideas flowing from my mind. There's nothing more exhilarating than writing non stop for hours without any blocks or limitations, regardless of the finished product.
On the other hand, there are also plenty of times that I've sat with my laptop and written for hours and when I do review my efforts, I can't believe I was capable of writing such drivel.
I believe in myself and feel that my passion will guide my writing career down a healthy and inspired path, but I also realize I still have a lot to learn so I need to be open and receptive to learning how to improve my craft.
Here are 5 tips that I gathered from various writing sources that I am using to guide me in my quest to continually improve my writing so that I can grow and challenge myself along the way.
#1. Read everything aloud
Read your writing aloud in a natural conversational tone. By reading what you've written at the same pace as if you were talking to someone, you will spot mistakes, stiff areas, awkward sentences, or weak-sounding words right away.
|In 2013 I have vowed to improve my writing skills, including making the time to read more.|
#2. Write Now, Edit Later