Becoming a better writer

By: Josie Bobeck

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I love writing, and I love that I’ve found a career path that will allow me to do something I enjoy doing and be creative. Writer’s block is a real thing, though, and it can really suck sometimes. For instance, I had absolutely no idea what to write for this blog post. It takes a certain spark of motivation for me to get it into gear. Over time, I’ve found that there are tips and tricks to become a better writer.

Write down all your ideas. It doesn’t matter what they are, but just do it. That way you can go back and reflect. You might overhear a snippet of a conversation or hear a song lyric or quote that inspires you, and that can really help later on.

Read more. Back in high school, I took AP Literature and Composition, and that class forced me to read some classic pieces of literature that stayed with me. The more you read, the more you’re introduced to different styles of writing. The more you know about the different styles, and the more cultured you are, the better your chances are of finding your own voice.

Write, and write often. You won’t get any better at something if you don’t do it often. The more you write and revise your work, the more likely you are to catch your mistakes and be confident in your work.

Right click. Your thesaurus is your best friend when it comes to expanding your vocabulary. Keep a list of words in your documents so you can refer back to them later.

Don’t be afraid of criticism. If you want to become a better writer, part of that process includes making mistakes. That’s OK. You’re supposed to. You’re not going to be a perfect writer overnight.

Don’t put it off. Even writing essays for class can improve your writing. Don’t wait until the last minute to write that three page paper. Put 100 percent into it and your effort will show.

It’s possible to become a better writer and to enjoy it. All it takes is some practice. It may not come easy, but in the end it will be worth it.

Josie Bobeck is a junior majoring in public relations with a minor in psychology. This is her first semester serving as vice president of member relations. She hopes to one day work in nonprofit PR. Josie enjoys spending time with her two dogs, her cat, and her family. Josie can be reached on Twitter @josephine3laine or via email.

 

 

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