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5 Ways to Become a Better Writer

Updated on May 19, 2016
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There are five simple steps to becoming a more knowledgeable and talented writer. You can work on your craft by emulating other authors, writing often, editing your work, and by being brave enough to publish it. Try these 5 steps, and you'll be on your way to being a successful writer!


1. Read

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Reading well-written blog posts, articles, short stories, and books will give you something to strive for. Write notes as you read or just read for pleasure. Either way, you'll be sure to assimilate some valuable information that will help you to become a better writer.


2. Write

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The best way to become a more improved writer is by writing! It sounds simple, but it's true. The more you work at your craft, the more you will be able to transfer ideas from your brain to the computer. If you want to write a lengthy nonfiction book or a novel, start by writing a short article or a short story. This will help you become more confident, so you will be able to tackle a longer body of work later.


3. Edit

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Not even bestselling authors have mastered the ability to write and publish their first draft. A rough draft is important, because it gets the story down "on paper", but an article or book truly begins to take shape when it is chiseled into perfection. Continue editing your work until your idea or story is communicated clearly, there are no grammatical mistakes, and it looks and sounds professional. In order to become a great writer, one must also become an excellent editor.


4. Publish

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A writer's work isn't complete until someone reads it. The whole purpose of a writer is to share his or her writing with the world. Whether it is by hitting the publish button on a blog post or by self publishing a book, writer's must eventually halt their editing and release their work to the public.

Some writers publish chapters online to receive feedback before completing their novel. This is a wonderful way to practice writing, editing, and publishing. It also keeps a writer accountable, because he or she has an immediate, built-in audience online.

Self publishing is a detailed and lengthy process which includes book formatting and choosing a cover design. The more you self publish, the faster you will be able to streamline the process.

The more you practice the art of publishing, the easier it will be to get your online post or book in front of readers.


5. Repeat

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In order to become a better writer, one must read often, write regularly, practice editing, and publish their writing. These are all important aspects of becoming a modern writer. Repeat each step over and over until you are the writer you've always dreamed of becoming!


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