Some things in life require talent. Singing for instance, though watching some auditions not everybody agrees with me on that one. Competitive sports for sure, or playing an instrument well.
But there are also things that can be taught. Like writing.
Improving your writing skills is not dependent on talent. It helps of course if you have an innate sense of language, but it’s not a requirement for writing success. To unleash the writer within you, all you need is motivation, discipline, and some practical help.
The Power of Writing
Writing can be a powerful tool in your life. Words can encourage, exhort, inspire, and instigate. They can change your life and the lives of others.
I’ve seen the power of words in my own life. There have been speeches that dramatically impacted me, books that changed my perspective, and even blog posts that made me alter course.
I’ve also seen powerful messages dilute because of bad writing. Grammar mistakes, weak choice of words, off-course ramblings, these dramatically reduce your potential impact.
You may feel like that’s something that can’t be changed, that you don’t have the skills or the talent to become a better writer. Nonsense. You may not have the talent to become J.K. Rowling—who by the way is often criticized by so-called serious writers for her heavy use of adverbs—but you can improve your writing.
Practical Tips & Tricks to Improve Your Writing
What you need is the motivation and the will to invest time in working on your writing skills. Think of how much more powerful your words could be if you could stop making silly mistakes (like mixing up your and you’re), if you could become less clichéd in your writing (like learning about strong verbs) and more focused (getting rid of unnecessary words for instance and tightening your writing).
The motivation and dedication are your contribution, we’ve got the practical help part covered. In the brand new ChurchMag Press e-book titled Write Away: Practical Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Writing, we will help you unleash the writer within.
If you’ve followed our blog series The Dutch Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Better Writer, you’ll know how useful these tips and tricks are. But for this e-Book, we’ve added tons of extra info plus a lot of exercises that will help you apply what you’ve learned.
The book covers topics like:
- Focused Writing
- Literary Devices
- Tightening Your Writing
- Notorious Homonyms
And much more. It’s light on the grammar by the way—we only cover what you need to know, not what the grammar cops think everyone should know.