Friday, March 21, 2014

Basic Writing Tips for New Writers

People who are not into the field of Literature think that writing requires talent and skills. Basically it does. But writing also requires discipline. Writing involves courage, patience, and enthusiasm to learn, in order to create a good composition. For people who are new to writing and wish to become a good writer, here are some basic writing tips:

Read a Lot

You might be a student and have been reading a lot of your textbooks or researching on the Internet for your term paper; but reading isn't just about reading; it isn't about memorizing enumerations; reading requires immersion.

When you read each piece of work, you have to understand its significance or meaning. You have to figure out what the author is trying to convey, whether this be an essay, an editorial article or fiction. Read word for word and observe how they use words and construct sentences and paragraphs. Read all books that you can lay your hands on.

Heavy reading is very essential to good writing. When you read a lot, you input all the words into your mind, which makes it easier for you to flow your words when you begin to pick up a pen or run your hands into the keyboard.

Just Write and Rewrite

You might struggle at first and might get disappointed when you can’t think of something to say. You can begin by writing a personal essay about yourself.

Write down on a piece of paper the things that you want to say orderly. Then begin with your first sentence.

If you might still find it hard how to express this in words, this is when your courage begins. Just do it. Let chaos run the pages.

What you have written will eventually subside and put your sentences and paragraphs in order once you have rewritten your work. A famous line in Finding Forrester, a movie about writing which starred Sean Connery, goes, “The first key to writing is to write, not to think.

Write your first draft with all your heart, and rewrite it using your head.” Keep rewriting until you reach the point of diminishing returns.


The practice-makes-perfect dogma also applies to writing. The more you do it, the more you get better. You might wonder how seasoned writers write with such high class and brilliance. It is because they do it everyday.

Writing is an everyday pursuit. You don’t just write today and write again the next week or the other if you want to get better and better; writing and revising should be done on a daily basis.

Try to target an essay per day, and revise it until you feel satisfied about your work.

Read it Loud

An article or essay is better heard when you read it loud. You might think that your work is doing fine by reading them silently, but there are times that sentences are better heard when you say them. After reading it aloud, you will begin to notice the blemishes.


Revise or omit those unnecessary words. Until your article or essay sounds like a good speech or narration, you have to read aloud and fix it over and over again.

 By doing these following tips, you will notice improvements in your writing as soon as you begin punching those keys.

You will also have the pleasure of learning. Writing is like a ballet. You fall or stumble at first; but as you learn with the moves, you know you’re having fun.

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