Some students give up on writing better because they convince themselves that only “born writers” can write well. Born writers begin life looking for an outlet for a Dell laptop so that they can bang out 500 words before nap time.
Let’s begin from these premises: Writing is a skill, and mere mortals can learn to write well.
I remember a job interview for a web content writing job I had with a CEO of search engine marketing company. “The way to rank a website on page one in Google isn’t a secret, but it requires work that’s tedious,” he said. “Most people aren’t willing to work at it for as long as it takes to achieve.”
Tampa English Tutor thinks that’s equally true of learning to write well. They may not act on the knowledge, but most students know how to improve their writing:
- Read Good Writing – Find good writers and read them. Good writing can be found in the Wall Street Journal,
Tampa Tribune, and Sports Illustrated. Read the best writing you can find about topics that interest you.
- Practice Writing – Writing better requires writing frequently. Start a blog, keep a journal, and make time for writing.
- Revise Your Writing – You are not a bad writer because your first draft sucks. Good writers separate themselves from average writers by their willingness to revise more often and more extensively. Even when you’re convinced your piece of writing is a final draft, set it aside. Look at it again after a day or two.
- Proofread Your Writing – Tampa English Tutor Axiom: Trust not the MS Word spell checker to catch grammar or spelling errors. Make proofreading a habit.
Students who use these four keys are destined to become clearer thinkers and better writers.
Tampa English Tutor Eric Anderson is a Stetson University graduate and the owner of I-Tutor-English (http://www.I-Tutor-English.com). The company provides affordable private English and history tutoring in New Tampa and Wesley Chapel. Reach Eric at 813.787.8959.
Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 3/5/2009 3:11 AM