How do you improve your writing skills.

@laurika (4536)
United States
September 13, 2007 12:48pm CST
I jsut bought a book named The writor's Menthor.I just wonder if it would help improve my writing's skills. What about you?Did you read any book, what help yoy or did you look to the magazines articles and try to find a secret how to impove yourself?If any of you got and specials tips I would appreciate it.Also any recommondation for books, you think help you improve yourself in writing.
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14 responses
• United States
14 Sep 07
Hi, :) I would suggest first (joing my online writing community) ha-ha, it just opened and we are giving an intense (FREE) creative writing workshop for 4 weeks for free! My idea, lol. Writers are not rich, at all. I think that no matter what type o fwriting you prefer, reading is always the best, however some people like (me) have a hard time sitting with a book in their lap. I have a learning disability, which makes my job so much harder to do. Although, I have went from needing help with reading to only needing help with algebra! and all I had to do was just kep reading, writing and searching for ways to accomodate my needs. Reading on teh computer or listening to books on tape have helped me so much that I wish I had found out about my dyslexia when I as in high-school. Anyway, sorry I seeped to have steered off course here. Joing a web site for writers is always benificial because other writers can offer you tips, and critical feedback to the work you are doing. Learning (writing) is all about variety, feedback, reading, daily writing, heck taking time for yourself and walking will help you become a better writer also. Almost all genres of writing take at least 25% of the material from "reflection" or others may simply call it creativity. I like to call it reflection because it is a writers way of putting things in its place before the pen or type writer ever comes in to place/view or what ever. Its late here in Ohio so I hope my reply does not sound too confusing. The writing class starts on September 25, unless we do not get enough students signed up. Its free of charges, and all you would have to do is sign up for a Free membership. (Unless you want to buy an upgraded account, but I would get a free account first see if you like the site and visit with the other authors/writers. I am still a student, and one of the most valuable lessons I have learned over the past five years of college (other than) knowing never to leave my house without a pocket dictionary because of my spelling problems, is that you will never learn all there is to know about any area in writing, a teacher once told me that, "Writing is a likfe long apprenticeship" Lee Martin Hope you come and get an acount. I'll show you around the site, and introduce you to a wonderful group of writers who are all trying to learn more and get published:) Thanks for your post, Katina www.onestopwriteshop.com One Stop Write Shop katinawoodruff740@yahoo.com
@laurika (4536)
• United States
14 Sep 07
I would check it out, thnak you for sharing with us here on mylot
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@kuirqs (512)
• Philippines
15 Sep 07
I'm very interested in joining the class...hopefully I'll have the time to squeeze it in...I'd love to sign up!
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@Dwazzy (11)
• United States
17 Sep 07
I found your website and joined, Katina. Also, I'm signed up for the class! Time to get these rusty writing skills a workout!
@sid556 (31006)
• United States
14 Sep 07
I love to write. I am constantly looking to improve my skills. I read alot and in reading I am inspired. I also write and make a point to try to write each and every day. I joined Helium a while back. They do pay you to write but it is not a place to go for the purpose of earning money. The pay is very very minimal. What I have found useful about that sight is that it does improve on your writing skills. You are rated against other writers on various subjects and offered the opportunity to rewrite your articles in an attempt to get a higher rating. It is goal oriented. I think you should check it out.
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@laurika (4536)
• United States
14 Sep 07
I already do enjoy Helium.com, but thanks for advice.
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@ssh123 (31104)
• India
14 Sep 07
Yes there are several aspects go into make a person writer. First thing is gathering information, understandig of the facts. Information canbe gathered from books, magazines, TV and internet. Make note of difficult words (high sounding words) that are used in the literature and try to get the meaning of the same. Then use these words in everyday language so that it becomes familiar with you. Try to add everyday some new words to your vacobulary. keep writing on different topics every day and show itto some body who is expert in language. Review the comments theyhave made. If this is repeated, n doubt you become an expert writer.
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@laurika (4536)
• United States
14 Sep 07
Well tahnk you for your great tip.I hope it would help me.I know behind all the succes is at frist hard work.
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@Dan_ul (858)
• Romania
14 Sep 07
once upon a time... some time a go when when everything was... and when everything seemed to be. Now in that time I saw a movie (like I always am)... and in this movie there was a sequence. From this sequence I retain the fact that in order to "improve the writing skills" we should write... write... and the write some more... I mean just things that are passing thought our mind... the conclusion is that the books made on subjects like "How to improve yourself in some-idiotic-stupid-thing" are lousy and full of $hit:D
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• Malaysia
14 Sep 07
I think you are performing better than me. Actually you can make learning on board. There are many friends here with quality writings. I learned from them. But its good to have that book(The Writer's Mentor). At least you are well guide with the professional syllable. If you want the online learning for english; I suggest "Talk Clearly UK". You just type that key reference word on search column and do surfing to that website. Standby with your speakers or headphone.
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@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
13 Sep 07
there are two things that i would tell you. first, write, write, write, write (well you get the picture) and read the book "bird by bird" by anne lamot. its the best writing book ever written and gives you a clear picture of the writing life.
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@Sporean (58)
• Singapore
17 Sep 07
Hi laurika, Here are 3 articles that focuses on writing tips and structure & components of a story that you might find useful. Along with the articles are some recommendations for books and guides on writing. http://myden-myden.blogspot.com/search/label/writing%20tips Hope you find the info useful.
• Singapore
17 Sep 07
Sorry laurika, Wrong url. Here is the correct one : http://myden-myden.blogspot.com/search/label/Writing%20tips
@laurika (4536)
• United States
17 Sep 07
Thank you very much I am gonna check it out.
@kuirqs (512)
• Philippines
13 Sep 07
As for me, what I do is I read a lot of the kind of material that I want to write about (ex. I read a lot of children's books since I want to write for children)...from there you'll get an idea of how authors of that genre write and then you can develop your own style. The books I'd recommend would be books on how to develop your vocabulary since enriching your vocabulary would help you use the exact word to express your sentiment. Good luck in your writing venture, Laurika!
@laurika (4536)
• United States
13 Sep 07
Thank you very much.Yeah you are right with that vocabulary, i really need to improve it.English my second language and even if I know a lot of words I just don't use them that much.
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@kuirqs (512)
• Philippines
15 Sep 07
I think that acknowledging your weaknesses in any endeavour is a great way to be on the path to success since you know exactly which skill you have to strengthen. That's really great for you! I too have English as a second language and I have been blessed to have been exposed to English literature and other texts as a young child and I am very grateful for that. I admire you for your perseverence ot master the language.
@williamjisir (22909)
• China
15 Sep 07
I think that the best way to practise writing is to keep writing and writing. Also a very good book is needed to help guide you so that you will make more progress.
@abbu20 (207)
• India
14 Sep 07
yes hand writting books do help us improving our handwritting. but one has to consentrate and start at a low level and slowly he/she should increase his speed of writting. 1st they should learn to write it neatly and should get some practise books also they are of great help. so get goning and improve ur handwriting
@Raymo23 (465)
• Uganda
14 Sep 07
Write as much as you can-I cant over-emphasise that enough. Get inspiration from reading good writing. Edit what you write. EDIT. Always ask others opinions about your writing.
@katkat (2379)
• Philippines
14 Sep 07
Read different books about writing and continue writing. This way you will improved your skills in writing.
• India
14 Sep 07
I think to improve writing skills you need four quality. 1. Good knowledge of language you are writing. 2. Interesting way to express yourself in words. 3. Creativity. 4. Simplicity. I this these four qualities are the basic needs to be a good writer. And the most important one is creativity. It makes you work more interesting to read and got accepted by huge nummber of readers.
@vsraovsr (734)
• India
14 Sep 07
I'm also looking out for the same kind of a book.I think I'm good at writing without grammatical mistakes but like to improve my vocabulary and writing skills and invite suggestions for the same.