Developing Good Writing Skills Tips

“All good writing leaves something unexpressed.”― Christian Nestell Bovee

Review grammar and spelling basics.

Read what you want to write.


Get feedback.

Write Like It’s Your Job.

Make sure you’re clear on the concepts you’re writing about.

Find a Writing Partner.

Join a Workshop or Take a Night Class.

Dissect Writing That You Admire.

Keep your sentences simple.

If the message is complex, outline it.

Imitate Writers You Admire.

Stick with simple words.

Remember That Outlines Are Your Friend.

Anticipate your readers’ questions.

Edit Your Work Ruthlessly.

Accept That First Drafts Are Almost Always Crap.

Find a Good (Patient) Editor.

Eliminate Unnecessary Words.

Take a Stroll Down Memory Lane.

Don’t Be Afraid to Say What You Think.

Do Your Research.

Remember Done Is Better than Perfect.

Know the basic principles of writing.

Read more.

Sketch out a solid outline first.

Develop a clear message.

Be straightforward and don’t ramble.

Experiment with word choice.

Portray your personality in your writing.

Eliminate overly complex words.

Empathize with your readers.

Anticipate your audience’s questions.

Understand that first drafts are bad most of the time.

“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.”― E. L. Doctorow

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