Hot Tip! Improve Your Writing

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So, did the title grab ya?  Well, believe it or not, it’s true.

I think pretty much everyone wants to make their writing the best it can be.  If you disagree, umm…we’ll tackle that later.  But on to my point!

The thing with writing is it’s a skill like any other.  It can be developed, honed, and worked on, but it’s also one that can never be perfected.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t, or shouldn’t try.

What can you do to improve your writing?  Well, here’s three very simple, very easy to understand tips.   I won’t even charge you for them.  Cause I’m that kind of guy.

1)   Write.

Yeah, I know.  You’re probably reading this and going, “Really Tim?  Seriously?  You don’t think I don’t know that?”
Truth is, I know you know that.  But, for all that knowing that going around, how many of us are doing it?  Really?  It doesn’t have to be much, but it should be something every day.  An email, a letter, a list, a poem, whatever you can.  You learn by doing.  Practice makes perfect.  Sometimes the best advice is the most obvious.  You learn by doing.  This is how you find your voice, and how to let your mind go while your fingers move.  This is a good thing.  Trust me.  I’m not a doctor.

2)  Read.

Yup, another obvious one.  But, again, you can’t be a good writer if you’re not a reader.  It’s just one of those things.  Like you can’t get good coffee without first roasting and grinding some beans.   Even more, you should read everything you can.  Sure, there’s a ton of good stuff here at the Carnival.  But there’s also a lot more out there.  Read it all.  Blogs, how to books, picture books, novels, anthologies, the back of the shampoo bottle.  Learning from how others are doing their writing will help you to improve your own.  You’ll develop your own filter of what you like and don’t like.  What works for you and what doesn’t.   This will carry into your writing, thus making your words better than they were before.   Are we developing those skills yet?  Still not a doctor.  But I was a boy scout.  Sort of.

3)  Read up and study how others are doing it.

Well now, here’s one that’s maybe not so obvious you feel like hitting me over the head with a typewriter (you won’t be the first- it’s okay).   If you want to get good at what you’re doing, why not avail yourself to information on how others are doing it?  Maybe something they’re doing will work for you.  Stephen King has a great book on how he does his thing.  We’re a community of writers here.  That’s a great resource, but there are others out there too.  Websites and books, and writer’s groups, and facebook/twitter pages, blogs and more.  A lot of authors have their own blogs and pages where they talk about what they do.  These are most of them free resources that you can use to help yourself get better at what you do.

So, there you have it.  3 hot tips, right off the press.

There’ll be no charge for that.

Written by Writer’s Carnival Team Member

1794822_10201742023064387_9189815927083225138_n (1)Tim Hillebrant

Tim Hillebrant, husband to one, father of four (one daughter, 3 Shih-Tzus), and aspiring writer/photographer. Born and raised in Idaho where he lives still. Also loves family, fishing, and most SF/Fantasy.


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