No matter where you go or what you do in life, you’re probably going to have to communicate with other people. Which isn’t all bad, because that can be great, but people can also be the worst. Whether it’s on paper or face-to-face, getting your point across to others can be downright impossible. Since we’re forced to live among each other, I guess we could all use some tricks to improve writing. So, in the interest of not being the worst, here are some simple steps we can all take to make our writing better.1. Read.
Reading and writing are two sides of the same coin, doing one will always help with the other. You have your own personal writing style, but you probably admire someone else’s, too - whether it’s your favorite BuzzFeed contributor or Bukowski. Reading their work before your start your own can help you pinpoint and emulate the elements of their style that you love.2. Write with purpose.
Everything you write has a purpose - your paper, even the paragraphs and sentences that make it, they’re all being written for a reason. What are you trying to do? There are as many reasons to write as there are written works, but narrow down your basic goals and purposes to keep your writing focused and sharp.3. Plan ahead.
A good outline will always improve your writing. You get to spend less time worrying about where you’re going and more time focused on exactly how to say what you mean, which will make you so much more effective. I’ve actually already written a complete guide to planning a paper, if you want more information on how to plan and outline effectively.