Even if your plans do not include to becoming the next Shakespeare, writing is one of the most valuable skills you will ever learn. Throughout your school years and beyond, no matter what career you decide on, you'll need to be able to express yourself clearly. Here are five simple ways to help you become the best writer you can be:
Learn the rules
Mastering rules of grammar, spelling, and punctuation is a bit similar learning to ride a bike. The process might be bit painful but the results are worth it. The more you learn things about the basic foundations of good writing, the easier, smoother, and more fun the writing process will be.
Stick to the main idea
Before you start writing, you must first identify and write down a sentence or two that identifies exactly what you're trying to tell about. This kind of writing 'blueprint' is called a thesis statement. Everything you include in paper, essay, or other writing should support your thesis statement. A clear thesis statement will really help you stay on topic and reduce clutter in your writing.
Keep it simple
Use language that is clear and plain whenever possible. You might think that fancy words will make you sound smart, but it's more important to make sure readers understand your meaning than it is to impress them with your vocabulary.
Review and revise
Every piece of your writing can benefit from some tweaking and polishing. Read your finished draft with your critical eye, marking changes to make later. Whenever possible, ask a friend to read it and make comments too. Your friend’s feedback will help you avoid embarrassing mistakes and will also help improve your writing.