3 Ways To Develop Your Writing Skills
The art of writing is a developed skill but the path to real writing is a developed habit. It requires consistency, determination, focus and commitment.
There are different ways to practice writing while developing your writing style. Some work on a writing project and put all of their focus into that one project, and then move onto something else when that project is finished. Others flit from project to project, idea to idea, genry to genre and let their creativity and interest guide their direction. They may juggle multiple writing projects with no future or end game in mind. There is no right or wrong way to do it. No matter how or why you write, writing consistently and regularly is a must if you want to develop your skill.
For those that are new to writing, here are 3 ways to try out writing:
- blog post
- short article for an ezine or publication
Posting blogs on your own website is a great way to start. The articles are usually short, full of information and topic specific. The research on the topic can be whatever you choose – basic and limited, moderate and informative or advanced and more comprehensive. And the post is yours when you finish it. You can choose to publish it, post it on your own site or post it on somewhere else.
People usually write in two forms: either as the expert or as the research expert. Writing as a research expert allows you a lot more flexibility and choice in topics. Some write blogs for others and get paid for it. Some make a living at editing and posting. Some just post on their own website or post on various websites related to an industry or interest they share.
Writing articles for an ezine is similar to writing a post for a blog. It can be short, topic specific or longer and more in-depth, depending on what the editor is asking for. For example, travel magazines will often have a link on their website for contributors and they will outline exactly what they are looking for “500 words, with pictures, $100.00 per post” etc. Writing professionally is also a form of freelance work for some. Websites like Upwork.com allow you to advertise yourself, build a portfolio, build your skills, advertise your rate and pick up projects as needed. This is a great concept and great way to make some extra money while you’re getting your business up and running. Often the hours are flexible and the assignments can be short term. You choose what you want to do.
Journaling is another more private way to write consistently. It keeps you current, provides a basic format for you to write (usually a journal or notebook) and keeps you writing. You can write what you want, for however long you want when you want. Some types of journaling include:
- progress journal
- reflection journal
- 5 minute journal
For writers venturing out into the digital online world and setting up a website and online business for the first time, I recommend a visions and goals journal. A lot of thought will go into the development of the business and your vision, ideas and platform you plan to build. You can carry it with you, pick it up and add things as you go along. A journal is also great space to keep and nurture the creative thought flow.
Try one of these ways out and let me know how it went.
How to Start a Blog:
The Secret Formula To Creating Quality How-To Blog Posts
How to Write Blog Posts and Ezine Articles: 8 Creative Tips:
How to Write and Publish a Successful Ezine Article:
Ezine Writing Jobs:
To Get Motivated, Track Your Progress in a Work Journal: http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/track-progress-in-a-work-journal-to-feel-your-achievements
6 Types of Journals You Should Keep:
8 reasons Keeping a Journal Can Help You Reach Your Goals: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/reasons-to-journal/
How to Start Bullet Journaling for Patients and Caregivers: http://chaptershealth.org/bullet-journaling-patients-caregivers/
What is a Bullet Journal?
6 Benefits of Journal Writing: http://www.k5chalkbox.com/benefits-of-journal-writing.html