Everyone is going to tell you the same exact thing that to become a better writer. put a pen and paper then write more and read more. But, don’t just do these things in vain. Like a musician practicing an instrument, sure you can fudge around and play stuff that you already have a handle on, but it’s more beneficial to practice something beyond your current knowledge and current ability.
To become a better writer Read books about writing. (firstly Borrow books from the library first to make sure they are actually useful but do buy them if they are because they will become your personal reference guide.) Books that I found interesting and useful include:
- Have You Eaten Grandma? by Gyles Brandreth [it is very entertaining as hell, but it focusses on British English]
- How Not To Write A Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman [ best book ]
- Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth [ How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase ]
- The Art of Fiction by David Lodge [less entertaining, but doe give you an overview of all the things a writer needs to think about]
To become a better writer Follow these Steps.
- Read books that in your genre.
What are the latest new writers doing? they’ll find What’s hot and what’s not? How are they subverting the form? How can you subvert the form?
- Read books that not in your genre.
This is key of all. Non-fiction books, genres you have not tried before. This is how you expand your vocabulary skill, learn more writing tricks and tips, and give you a greater stimulus for ideas and knowledge.
- Write more.
Even if it is an essay for college, or a report paper for work, or whatever, it’s still a chance to practice your SPAG skills. If you see a Television program, you particularly write, why don’t you write a quick story about one of the characters on your own? If you are struggling to sleep at night-time, hope out of bed, write down a scene description or something (you never know, you can use it again later).
- Keep a notepad for noting down.
Ideas that come to you in the bath, fascinating people, beautiful places or interesting names, stuff you saw, even in your dreams. This stuff can be mined for inspiration; if it is not the basis for a story, it can feature in one of yours. (You needn’t carry it with you everywhere you go, but mustily keep it by your bed or in the place where inspiration or thoughts strikes.)
Watch and observe people. Not in a creepy way, behind with binoculars kind of way, but when you are out and about just keep an ear out for what people are wearing according to their overall personalities, observe how they’re walking, how they’re talking. What do they say that catches your ear? Create some backstories for these people in your head
- Write every day of yours and compare your writings with other authors.
The most difficult thing is to do is identify your weaknesses, and for that, the only thing that worked for every writer was the external feedback and reviews from someone who already has the skills of writing.
One of the major things to do is that write over and over the same chapter until your writing was acceptable, I think most of the people will drop here because it is really frustrating).
Then wrote more and more chapters without editing anything. Now as the attempts of writing increase it is directly proportional to your improved quality it becomes so much better, but it still tends to fall on the same mistakes (although some were fixed and you get the understanding of your writing).
If you know what your fault is, focus on those faults, try both rewriting a lot and writing a lot without editing with your fault in mind, and see what happens. Also when you read you should be focused that for how authors clear up the things you are struggling with.
Improvement goals and meet them with workouts.
Goal: if you want to work on adding humor to your writing.
Step 1: Research the categories and types of humor to be included.
Step 2: read more humorous books and take notes on the type they used and how they used.
Step 3: read your own writings to see where you have missed the chances to be funny.
Read 5 books
Read 5 more books
Write as much as you can, until you can’t anymore
Repeat previous steps,
Try new techniques.
Get and give feedback and reviews, read both fiction and nonfiction, move out of your comfort zone and try something different mediums, practice more in your grammar, do deep character studies and other depth analysis work for novels you like most, write something outside your genre occasionally, rewrite your old writings after a long gap, participate in workshops every now and then, try journal frequently
- Make the list of the books that you want to read.
- Start reading them, always be reading at least one book at a time.
- Start writing. Complete an entire 1st draft.
- Complete an entire 1st draft and do at least 1 edit round.
- Complete the writing an entire book. When ever your writing is complete, this is where you might change a sentence or two but overall nothing really changed, you can not really do anything else with that is significant.
- Do it all over again and again.
FINAL AND MOST IMPORTANT STEP TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER
Step 1: write
repeat step 1 indefinitely
In all seriousness, hard work and practice is the only way to get way better. Write every day. Edit things you are working on, read kinds of stuff that you think are good examples of writing, show your writing to random guys, and listen to their feedback. Think critically in public view about everything you write, why you are putting it on the page, what you are trying to say and how to say it. One of the important aspects of learning a new technique and skill is figuring out what you don’t know. Once you get to know that, then you can learn. It’s a very long road. No one else in the world can walk it for you.
TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER THESE ARE THE BEST MANTRAS
2) keep writing
3) take a break and read others
4) get back to your writing
5) read some more and then write about what you read
6) keep writing & writing…..