How To Write Well

23 Jun

Left Brain Simulation 7

Left Brain Simulation 7 (Photo credit: Paige Marie)

This is it. The post you’ve all been waiting for. No more tips, no more little tricks or techniques. No. This is the real meat and potatoes of how to write. The real deal. Ready?

Brace yourself…

There’s two things you need to do. Just two. The first is reading, and the second is writing. And I’m not kidding. I am one hundred percent serious. In order to learn how to write really well, you need to read a lot, and write a lot.

Think of it this way. Whenever you read, you’re looking at someone else’s writing. Someone wrote that. And if you’re reading a good book, then they also wrote it well. Don’t just enjoy it, learn from it. Analyze good writing to understand what makes it good. Try to understand what makes it funny, or easy to understand. Once you’ve done that, move on to part two. Writing.

I don’t mean that the next step is to write well. That would be step three, I suppose. No. What I mean is practice. Writing skill is like a muscle. Some people are born stronger – more talented – but no matter who you are, the more you use a muscle, the stronger it gets. And the more you write, the better your writing gets. So write a lot. Essays, ideas, short stories, novelettes, letters. Anything.

Your subconscious mind also plays a large part in your writing, supplying words, ideas and phrases automatically. So the more you write, the better your subconscious will get at writing. That’s why reading a lot is important too. Reading allows your subconscious to absorb, to take note of a clever turn of phrase or a good way to describe something.

So that’s it. Read a lot, and write a lot. That’s how to write well.

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7 Responses to “How To Write Well”

  1. qrokology June 24, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    Reblogged this on qrokology and commented:
    simple yet powerful practical tips

  2. racheldangerw June 24, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    dammit. 🙂

  3. Erica BLaney June 23, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    This is so true. On the few (depressingly few) occasions I have been asked to speak to school children about my craft I have always left them with the words, ‘Read as much as you can; write as much as you can.’

  4. herbirthmarks June 23, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    Great post!

  5. I can read for hr and hr and my spelling does not improve , I was told I would have to study the dictionary to be able to spell perfect but I also have been told I am dyslexic I am lucky my computer is able to spell check I say or id never of edit the book living proof.

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