Is Writing Science?

Honestly, writing is a science and an art. For the last couple of years, I’ve tried to improve my writing skills, but it wasn’t until I read this article that I understood what the whole process was about. Now I’ve collected ten tips to become a better writer. And now you can use them too! To become a better writer!

Is Writing Science?

First, you need to understand what you’re aiming for.

The first step to getting where you want to go is knowing where you want to go. A goal is a dream with a deadline. It’s something you want to accomplish, and it’s usually measurable.

I say that deadlines matter because the easiest way to achieve a goal is to tell someone about it, and when you tell them you want to do something, they are more likely to get you there.

It also means you have to complete a task before achieving the physical end of that task. For example, if your goal is to become a published author, you better get down to writing your first article before April 1st.

It is the simple act of hitting the publish button. You are more likely to achieve your goal with each task you complete.

It is the most critical part and the part that blew my mind away. We often give our goals short-term deadlines, but not long-term.

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Let’s change that About Your Writing.

“To improve your writing, you have only one thing to do: to write. Write only the best sentence you can. It, more than anything, will help you to improve because the best sentences demand that you remove as much flawed information as possible.

 

When you begin to find these short-form perfect forms, use them liberally. Let your excellent transitions guide your sentences instead of stuffing the same information with the exact words over and over.

Focus on the emotion, the setting, the stress, and the anticipation in your writing. It will significantly improve the flow of your writing. I recommend following these guidelines to determine what would be appropriate for your paper.

The sections below are suggestions; you have the freedom to find your style. As you repeat a sentence two or more times, pause and think.

 

It is the most important thing when trying to become a better writer: never stop learning.

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The Next Step Is To Criticize Your Writing

The next step is to learn how to better criticize your work and others. Most of us are our own worst critics, and you can’t truly improve your work if you’re constantly tearing it down.

Every piece of work is an opportunity to learn and improve, so don’t waste it by being too harsh on yourself.

Reader, are some of the tips missing any sticky pointers your fellow BPers could add? Let me know your big writing mistakes in the comments below!

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I’m Too Optimistic

When I set out to write something, I do the best I can. Sometimes I’m too optimistic and not about what I’m writing about. I’ve realized that being realistic gets you better results and a better boss.

I Missed the Beginning.

Don’t get distracted by the end—start reading at the beginning to see where you left off.

I Need Strong Subject Matter

I thought I knew what I was writing about. But after using a tool to spot the key points (CopySmith and GRAMMARLY for my copy), I realized that the stats jumped up dramatically every time I skim read the same sentences. It was a real eye-opener.

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I Lost My Track

It is just a harsh reality. Writing is hard, and it takes more than just putting your mind to it. Find a quiet place to make that happen.

Being Multiple Streams

According to Wayne Dyer, “Authors are constantly venturing into entirely new threads of ‘fiction’ attached to the original story. These threads—which span new points of view, characters, plots, and themes—frequently borrow many literary techniques and tactics from the original work.” Now it’s okay for you to have multiple writing streams, and depending on the subject, each may have a different texture.

I Thought I Was Writing for a Boss.

Don’t get upset when someone gives you constructive criticism. If you’re writing for a client, it’s good to criticize their work.

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Find An Objective

Find an objective point of view and listen. If you follow through on your criticism, they may even be grateful for it.

Be Objective

 

Be objective about what you read, and don’t just skim them looking for interesting bits. It said that you could tell how much someone has learned about something by how much they’ve written about it.

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Conclusion

 If you want to write well, you need to read well. Reading books and other material that you find interesting is a great way to build your vocabulary and learn new ways to express yourself. Whether it’s a short story you read in a magazine or an essay you read in a college textbook, it doesn’t matter. There are lots of great ways to continue to build your vocabulary.

It’s not just learning a language but also understanding the English language. A second great benefit of reading is that it helps you form what I call an “invented vocabulary.” It means that you can understand that which you have never learned before. And it’s worth it! For example, I am a giant 3d printer fan. I was able to form that interest out of no-preexisting knowledge. You can apply these same technics. Here is your first task.

Below are ten things you should read to increase your writing vocabulary to become a better writer. 

Cheers,

Kevin

Writing Links by Alex South in Blogger Local Improvements 

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman in Faster Culture 

 The Counterintuitive Truth About Taking Risks by Jim Collins in Harvard Business Review 

The Wisdom of Crowds by Warren Buffett in Time 

Grammar and Style in Writing (from Grammarly) 

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