Writing isn't a gift bestowed upon people by the gods. It's something, that with time and effort, can be achieved by anyone. As my mother always says, "Practice makes perfrct." If you don't think you're a writer here's a thought to dwell on. If you have a social media or you market yourself in anyway then you are a writer. This article is to help those who want to expand on their writing. Here are some simple tips to get you started on the path to writing.

1. Abandon the High School Formula

We've all been there. Sitting at a tiny desk watching the time tick on by as you try to figure out how you're going to get from the Introduction to the Conclusion before the teacher calls time. While in high school we were taught how to write in a certain way. The formula used looked a little like this: 

1. Introduction

2. Paragraph One

3. Paragraph Two

4. Paragraph Three

5. Conclusion

Do you recognize it now? This is something that is perfect for young minds still in school. A formula to follow to help sharpen skills. However, there is reason for me telling you to abandon it. Writing in this format can make it boring. You want to create work that is fun and appealing to your readers. What you learned in school was good then, but now it's time to let it go. 

2. Create a Draft

Creating a draft is always a good thing. Here in you draft you can write without the judging eyes of others. You can scratch out things you don't want or throw out ideas with no specific layout. It's a draft. The ideas that will shape your final piece. Remember that your draft doesn't have to be perfect. 

3. Following an Outline

I find that following an outline helps me get through my books easily and quickly. You can think of an outline as your writing map or GPS. It gives you the directions needed to get you through your writing no matter what it is. Use it to bring together your draft before sitting down to write the piece you plan to create. 

4. Make it a Habit

With all skills creating a habiy helps to improve your abilities. Remember that a habit is something you practice daily and not something you have obligated yourself to at the end of the week. What I do is set aside at least an hour a day to write. Whether it's jotting down ideas, writing outlines, or working on chapters for my book I'm writing. Stephen King says, "Write a page a day, only 300 words, and in a year you have written a novel." 

5. Place Yourself in Your Readers Shoes

Good writing also keeps your readers in mind. You want to appeal to the person reading your work. Upon rewrite it is always good to put yourself in the shoes of your reader. So, write the draft the way you want it then rewrite it with your ideas but keeping your reader in mind. 

 

Those are just a few tips that I have learned and followed through my years of writing. I hope that this helps those seeking to improve their writing skills.