How to Become a Better Writer

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Austin Wiggins

Founder & Owner of: Writing by Ender

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Books, Writing Writer and Author of the book Bonds that Bind


Writing is a skill meant for everyone. Having access to the written word has benefited society since the beginning of history. We use writing to express ourselves, to communicate ideas to one another, and (perhaps professionally) regale others in enchanting stories. This article is for those who write, maybe even do it well, but want to actualize a need to grow.

Read

There’s no shortcut here. You have to read to become a better writer. There is no alternative to experiencing the craft of written communication. Read to enjoy yourself certainly, but read deeply. Read to understand purpose. “Why did the writer do X”, “What does the writer accomplish by using X word instead of X” These are some questions you should ask yourself when you read (and also when you write). It doesn’t matter if your answer is ultimately “right”, what matters is you actively engage to achieve understanding. Over time you’ll be acquainted with different styles of writing and you’ll discover which of those styles most aligns with your own. Now study them. Study the masters, study the amateurs. There’s something to learn from everyone (even if it’s not doing something).

Write Slowly

There’s a peculiar rush with writers. They are stricken with inspiration and want to get all those thoughts out of their head and into the page. It’s similar to the process of vomiting. It is more valuable to write slowly. Writing slowly mandates clear thought. It requires the writer to have a firm understanding of the content they mull. Despite what one might think, it also can make you more creative. As you slow down, you’re more able to track your mind’s thoughts. Some of those thoughts require utmost attention and some of them fleet. It’s those fleeting ones that are often the mad scientist experiments of our brain, those that are an odd culmination ideas in a fresher perspective. They are the source of our creativity, give yourself time to experience them.

Edit

Your first word will almost never be right. Edit them, take apart and put them back together in better ways. This is a part of creativity, working with segments and working to find a cohesive whole. Editing refines your thoughts and will help give clarity to meaning. What you write won’t always make sense, that clarity is necessary.

Follow these three things, peruse them with even a mild tenacity, and you’re writing will skyrocket. All you need is bit of patience and a bit of dedication, and the rest will come in time.


Article Credits: Austin Wiggins

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

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47 Comments
  1. Tanishea's world 3 years ago

    Great job on helping people that loves to write great advice

  2. ADaughtersHero 3 years ago

    Reading over what I write is so important! I try to make sure I am expressing myself in the most accurate way. The dictionary and thesaurus are my dear companions, as I write. Thanks for the advice!

  3. amt07 3 years ago

    Thank you for the great advice!

  4. Priscilla 3 years ago

    This is what I always strive to do when I’m writing. It’s trial and error 🙂

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  6. wordart11 3 years ago

    This is really helpful. Will surely try.

  7. authormurphylee 3 years ago

    Writing slowly is a challenge I’m going to try this week. It’s not my nature but I can see how it would be beneficial

  8. CrazyRedders 3 years ago

    This was helpful. Thank you for the great advice:)

  9. idreessyed 3 years ago

    Reblogged this on Creativity Consistent.

  10. Cari 3 years ago

    Can’t emphasize more on the need to “read”… Thanks for this.

  11. barki2017 3 years ago

    Reblogged this on Crash Browsers.

  12. Nick M 3 years ago

    Good advice.

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  14. Dacian 3 years ago

    Thank you! So simple and beautiful!

  15. jamjar77 3 years ago

    I’m practicing writing slowly, it really makes a difference.

  16. shamimsobhani 3 years ago

    I agree. Do you have any suggestions or recommendations of books? I know there is an infinite amount out there, but where to start runs through my mind. Thanks for sharing your tips!

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      Austin L. Wiggins 3 years ago

      If you are trying to break out in a specific genre I recommend reading the classics of the genre. For example: for sci-fi I’d recommend H. G. Wells. After learning the classics then delve into more contemporary work

  17. george agak 3 years ago

    Thank you so much. this hit me “learn from the masters, learn from amateurs”. Well, Austin, I blog at http://www.georgeagak.wordpress.com when you need to learn from an amateur, come over. Thanks

  18. Alexandria D. 3 years ago

    Thanks for the tips! Doing this repeatedly will certainly lead to greatness!

  19. kritika029 2 years ago

    Thank you so much for tips it’s really helpful!

  20. cbentrepenuer 2 years ago

    Nice post!

  21. youlivefully 2 years ago

    Wonderful post ! Especially the line that says to understand why the writers writhe the X

  22. Helpful tips for people who wish to improve their writing skills!

  23. Queen Land 2 years ago

    This post is so useful.
    Thank you.

  24. Bilal Moon 2 years ago

    Great article and hits on very valuable points. I wouldn’t completely dismiss the idea of writing fast as sometimes fleeting ideas can carry your thought process better than mulling on them, though your point is well-taken. At the end of the day, the editing portion holds a lot of weight. As you said, the first word is almost never the right one. Editing can turn stream of consciousness into intellect powered by emotion.

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      Austin L. Wiggins 2 years ago

      That’s a good point though. Fleeting thoughts can be good. It often takes a slow mind to organize them afterwards, at least.

  25. manasal397 2 years ago

    This is really a wonderful post that I have seen from few days. It has a lot of information and inspiration for a writer to improve. I am also an amateur writer and seek directions and a little help in improving my ways of writing and also the thinking suppose. Do you have any suggestions on how to put through the words and thoughts together. Because they are usually running here and there and I can’t put them at right places. So do you know any books are ways that I can improve my writing skills.

  26. Robert Omwa 2 years ago

    Thanks for this piece

  27. Robert Omwa 2 years ago

    Am greatly assisted

  28. Charity Maris 2 years ago

    Thank you so much… Really need this. I want to start blogging but finding it difficult.. Will take it slow.

  29. Lesley Diana 2 years ago

    This post is so helpful! very well said 🙂

  30. ceenwas 2 years ago

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  31. Angie Sim 2 years ago

    Really helpful. I’m almost always editing and re-editing (if that’s a thing) my posts, even after I publish them for the sake of new readers or blog visitors who haven’t seen my post yet. It helps me polish up whatever I’m writing and allows me to reflect on my overall writing style! Thanks for sharing!

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  32. Jay 2 years ago

    I’m glad I read this! I learned all about slowing down and editing through this blog, but it didn’t occur to me that reading more of other people’s works would improve my own writing. Don’t get me wrong, I read here and there, but I see that I need to step it up more. Thank you!

  33. This African Girl 2 years ago

    Thank you

  34. depatridge 2 years ago

    Reblogged this on Matthews' Blog and commented:
    Great piece.

  35. rkrofficial 2 years ago

    Thanks fr guidance…will try 2 correct me n certain things!!

  36. Bhavya Pal 2 years ago

    Reading makes all the difference in the world. Amazing work ?
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