How bloggers can improve their writing
How do you learn to swim? Right. By swimming! Just jump into the water and there you go. But what to do if there’s no water available? How about some dry runs like push- and pull-ups or a handstand? Every single swimming professional does it – has to do it – in order to improve their skills.
This is exactly the same thing when it comes down to writing. It sounds less surprising, may ridiculous to you, but you improve your writing – yes – by writing. But also for writing there are some common dry practise, to develop and improve your personal style. So here are some advice.
If you don’t have the opportunity to write, or you’re not in the mood, or you simply feel blocked or exhausted, why don’t you just read? How a bout a book, an article, a blog on a topic you’re personally interested in?
While reading, pay attention to the use of metaphors. What metaphors are used and why? How do they describe a common problem or situation? If you like it, remember it, or even better, just write it down.
More important aspects are descriptions. How is the writer describing a specific incident or issue? Which words is he using and why? What impact do these words have on you and your perception of the situation?
Also pay attention to the structure of the sentences. Do you have to read them multiple times? And why? Are they that good or that bad? How about their “flow”?
These are just some simple thoughts on how you can improve your writing dramatically. It is just like the legendary master of horror Stephen King once said:
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
And he’s absolutely right!