How to have better writing skills
Writing can be easy to execute but how to have better writing skills is a “work in progress”. One prerequisite is that you love what you do. This will show by how or what you write about. You may find it easy to be inspired – but other times you need to re-cap, refresh, rejuvenate and capture the things around you with a freshness and new life. Taking a break and really indulging in other activities prepares you for writing just as does “practicing”. I have a post on how to be inspired also when you don’t feel like writing
When young and if we turn to write at that time we will look back on what we write and see the “youthfulness” coming through the print. Sometimes (maybe) we will perhaps wonder at some things that we came to put down for others to read. I often think God would say He knew where we were in life with what we wrote even though we might think “how could I write that??” Searching for Wisdom can inspire you even when young so as not to regret later some things put in to print.
How to have better writing skills – “Set up a meal”.
When you write – think of it rather like preparing to set out a meal.
- Quality of the ingredients
- The cook’s preparation. (yours!)
- The type of meal
- How it is arranged. Making the final arrangement of the meal attractive is likewise parallel to how your piece of writing is finally viewed before a person sets out to consume your preparation. Remember – not all cooks go by recipes and sometimes you learn with certain amounts of ingredients as
an ala natural cook. So it is with writing – you can have guides on how to write but do remember many successful writers have been rejected because they did not follow the norm or the “rules”
Better writing skills through education
Funnily enough, it was years ago that “I read” of being illiterate. This was not about not being able to read – but illiterate where the understanding of the great literature of Biblical proportions. You may not have a belief but in our Western Culture is entwined many lessons and sayings from the Bible which “sounds” in both the background and the foreground of our lives. Who has not heard of the battle of David and Goliath, Noah and the Ark, Adam and Eve in the Garden, Jonah in the Whale, the Faith of Daniel in the Lion’s Den, Joseph and his Jealous brothers, Samson and Delila, Nebuchadnezzar’s dream The Good Samaritan, The 3 Wise men, and so many more including the Life of Jesus and His many lessons of Wisdom. These and many more stories do not only cover lessons on the surface but many deeper lessons as do the Chapters of Proverbs and Psalms. They are all lesson-packed and an “aid” to writing.
Consider most belief systems have that golden thread running through them of doing good to others as you would have them do to you. This also has a huge impact on your writing output.
Better writing skills through inspiration
I write in this section on how I am inspired. Maybe you can gain some grains of help here.
- Don’t put yourself under too much pressure to perform. You won’t write your best. Have Faith.
- I can’t emphasize this enough. Seek inspiration from just about everything you can think of: Documentaries, Current events, and News articles, Light-hearted shows and movies that give you a message, Real-life nature, Your past experiences and other people you know who have shared their everyday experience and knowledge.
- Find the best resting position – whether laying outside (a hammock is good!), on the sofa or in bed at night. From there let your thoughts flow and see where it links in to and where it ends up.
There is a post I have written on Enjoy being better at writing on Esme Salon’s website where I point out ways to help with editing and enjoying what you write.
Deborah Hunter Kells
I have a wide range of interests and the top of my list is people and relationships. I appreciate our big wide world and nature which tries so hard to deal with what we do to it. I enjoy learning and am a “forever student”. I would love to hear about you and what you have experienced – that one or both of us may learn.