Plz help ..How Do I Improve My Writing Skills???

India
December 21, 2006 2:10am CST
I feel a secondary school student has far superior writing skills than me . I recently realized this, when I began writing my admission essay to the graduate school and my recent Writing scores in GRE and TOEFL. I understand this is a skill of lifetime. So I have given myself time of another six months from now.I intend work on it seriously. So PLEASE SUGGEST ME WHAT SHOULD I DO , HOW SHOULD I GO ABOUT / THE STRATEGY /TIPS etc....,so that by the time I reach the Grad school I have the necessary skills (at least to write a decent thesis or a cogent write-up) required in academic and non academic setting.
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@Fexbox (111)
4 Jan 07
I studied English and Creative Writing at Uni and the advice they give (other than listen to the conversations of strangers for inspiration o.O) is to keep writing. They also told us that you should keep a journal. And it really is helpful. We were encouraged to take our journals with us, so everytime we had an idea or saw or heard something interest, we wrote it down. overtime the journal fills up with ideas and quotes and characters and snippets and poetry and pictures and all sorts. Some of it will never be used, but there'll be something you heard that suddenly sprouts a plot, or a conversation or even a character. Also. Read. See what you like in other peoples work, see what you don't like and then look at your own with the same frame of mind. It's hard to see where we go wrong because we're attached to our work and we understand the meaning behind it. Show your work around, join a writiers group. it's scary as hell, but VERY helpful.
• India
4 Jan 07
Thank you
@Fexbox (111)
4 Jan 07
No problem. That's the Angel of the North in your picture, isn't it?
@Wanderlaugh (1624)
• Australia
4 Jan 07
I'm a writer. You should do all the things the others have said, but you need to set a standard for yourself so you can be sure that you're achieving your goals. You don't have to guess about this. You really must read, and see how the language works. You can see the basics of grammar and vocabulary, and how they work. You can also see how ideas are expressed. Writing is a two way process. Comprehension is vital. Always check your work, always criticize yourself and try to improve quality. Find your favorite book, and decide what you like about it. See how it communicates with you.
• India
4 Jan 07
thank you
@sharone74 (4839)
• United States
1 Jan 07
I would recommend that you write as much as you can during this time. You also might try joining helium which is a writing website. They even have writing workshops to help you to improve your writing skills. I have several articles on there and they even pay you for writing them, it's not a lot, a few cents here a few cents there. But if you want to read my articles thay are at http://www.helium.com and my username is shaydinthedesert
• India
4 Jan 07
the site is currently undergoing a change ..thanks anyway.
• Canada
1 Jan 07
TheApparition, I agree that sometimes the best thing to do is practice. You could start a blog. Pick a subject that you really enjoy (a hobby or other interest) and write something about it as often as you can. Or, just write about current events, subjects you are studying, write fiction or poetry. Blogs are free and a nice place to display your work. You could ask friends or family to read your blog and give you feedback about how they think you could improve. They can point out any areas where they see mistakes in spelling or grammar and this could help with increasing the quality of your writing.
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• India
4 Jan 07
that was a valuable suggestion
@peavey (16866)
• United States
31 Dec 06
Get the basics down first. Study to make sure your grammar and punctuation is right. Then, learn to outline a topic you want to write about and fill it in with content. Practice, practice and practice some more. Since you can see that you need improvement, that's a big first step. Ask teachers or anyone else to evaluate what you have written and to be honest about it, then try the same piece again until you have it right. Just keep at it and if you really want to, you can.
• India
31 Dec 06
thnx for the reponse
@re08dz (1941)
• Australia
1 Jan 07
I'd agree with what the others have said in regards to practice. There are also many sites you can find on the internet that will cover all those pesky rules involved in writing correctly. You can also try joining some writing sites , places like writing.com where people will be happy to read and review whatever you've written and help you by pointing out both what they think you do well and where and what may need some work etc.
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• United States
5 Jan 07
If your grammar is well laid out, try studying vocabulary. No, the hardest words are not the best to use, but the creativity you can bring about with words is always fun and makes you appear well rounded. An example would be: This is what I wanted to say: Sitting down on the damp ground I leaned against the tree, bark rough and leaves like dancing fingers. The wind blew across the grass, stirring the individual strands. This is what I actually said: The ground was unkindly damp as I sat with my back against the tree; the rough, fingerprint-like bark imprinted its identity into my back as the fingered leaves graced my eyes like dancers. The musical wind blew atop the grassy ocean, making each individual strand dance to its tune, forgetting of my presence as I lay against the sentient tree. You want to play with words so that you can envoke the readers' senses.
• Ireland
5 Jan 07
There are some good forums out there where you can ask specific and detailed questions, and get answers for free from trained and amateur linguists and Grammar/Language teachers, if you are stuck on a problem or even if you are just curious about a certain aspect of language etymology etc. The Language Forums on www.wordreference.com are in my experience excellent especially if you want to translate or are reading a language which is not your mother tongue, but they are also great if you want to check your grammar in English or other major languages