Writing is beyond stringing words together to form simple sentences. Writing is also knowing your writing style, being confident about your grammar and having adequate knowledge about the topic you are writing about. Anyone can write though it will take practice, patience and the ability to accept that your writing may be rejected.
- READ, READ, READ.
Not all writers are readers but it does help because reading opens your mind to a variety of ideas to write about. Books also enrich your vocabulary, while helping you learn new words, phrases and concepts and how to apply them to everyday life.
At the same time reading different genres of books written by different authors gives you the advantage of learning and improving your writing style. Writing becomes easier to do when you allow reading to become a part of your lifestyle.
- BE OPEN TO LEARNING.
You have knowledge now because you took the time to educate yourself and to be e a versatile writer, you must be open to learning new topics, including the difficult ones. Cultivate the habit of reading and understanding difficult materials because that is how you can build the confidence to write topics outside your field with credibility.
- PRACTICE ALWAYS. PRACTICE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.
The best proven way to learn and master any new skill is by constant, repetitive practice and this includes writing. If you want writing to come easy to you, start by writing every day. The next time you’re out shopping consider buying a journal and a new pack of ink pens and then go for it!
Begin by deciding and writing down different topics to write about. Since you are just starting out, it is best you begin with writing simple topics rather than complex ones to avoid becoming frustrated.
Try writing about yourself and your favourite activity as a new writer than writing about something you aren’t as familiar with. You may want to start with the easy stuff then move onto a more difficult topic.
- BE ORIGINAL.
While it is completely okay to borrow ideas, it is ethically unacceptable to plagiarize other people’s work and to take credit for what is not yours. In writing, you will have to do a lot of research especially on topics you are not familiar with. When this happens, give credit to the authors by adding them to your reference list or quoting them. Avoid stealing other people’s content by creating your own through the ideas you get from other materials. This will also help you build credibility within the writing community.
Use tools such as Grammarly and Copyscape to check your spellings and grammar and to crosscheck the authenticity of your work. Yes, starting something new thing can be overwhelming but if you keep at it and apply these writing tips at your own pace, it will be completely worth it in the end.