Opinion

Hone Your Writing Skills

If you are a person with great observation power and have the ability to imagine things and situations like a director of a film, but do not know how to express that through writing. Then your superlative talent will go in vain. So for that little bit of proper guidance and some extra efforts are needed. Becoming an author or published writer requires dedication, reasoning, time management, problem-solving skills, and vision. Fortunately, you don’t necessarily need to be a born writer – all of these skills can be practiced, learned, and taught!  Nowadays, with the advent of social media, the demand of content writers have increased a lot. Strong writing skills are the key to being able to communicate your vision to the reader. Good writing offers a clear message and a connection with your audience. Whether it’s a report for work, a grant application, or communicating your ideas through a personal blog, mastering these skills will help you to become a more effective writer.

Some of the key skills required to become a successful writer are explained here.

Research Before Writing

Good research is key for good content, it adds credibility and, most importantly, value. Therefore, it’s vital to find trustworthy and interesting information from reliable sources online. Experts are especially great resources if you can effectively get the right information with good interviewing skills. For instance, if you are writing a story on a city, then personally visit to famous places of that particular city, talk to the residents, rickshaw pullers and senior citizens. This will provide you the authentic information about the place and will act as the main content of your writing.

Excellent Spelling, Grammar, and Punctuation

In the age of technology, automatic spell-checkers and similar services are useful, but none are fully reliable. Excellent editing still requires a human being. Show prospective clients you can spell by making sure the writing in your pitch is perfect and by including any experience you have as a proofreader. Grammar plays a foremost role in your writing, the readers wants to read a quality content where there is no error. For this, your grammar should be very strong along with usage of punctuation mark because it enhances the imagination with its pauses and full stops.

The Power of Observation

At some level, all authors possess the power of observation. An author is equal parts psychologist, therapist, researcher, observer, and intuitive. You need to be able to figure out what makes people tick. Why do they think, feel, and act the way they do? When creating a character, you have to get inside their head and truly understand why they do what they do. To hone this skill, become an active observer of the life that is all around you. Dig into people’s inner thoughts and emotional quirks. Listen and watch. Develop your observation and research skills to document the world around you, or even create your own new world.

Be Courageous

Writers should be very courageous in speaking their heart out. Don’t be afraid to write from your heart. Be willing to be rejected. Be willing to be terrible at first. Writing takes courage. You must be sure about what you are trying to convey to your readers.  You need to be able to go deep into your character’s psyche to get to the truth. Embrace the uncertainty fearlessly, and be true and honest in your writing. Be daring. One of the greatest ways to develop these skills is to find and work with a good writing coach or go for reading your favourite author's work again and again, try to adapt their style and then write after understanding everything. Having a skilled eye review your work is an invaluable way to learn. A good writing coach will help you improve your skills by offering constructive criticism, feedback, and guidance with every draft.

Capable to Communicate

Writing is the art of communication. You need to be able to clearly express your ideas, thoughts, and emotions when speaking or writing. As an author, one of your goals should be to connect with your readers in a voice they can understand and relate to. This requires the ability to listen to and communicate with others, ask the right questions, and clearly express your ideas in your own unique voice.

Stick to a Single Idea

It is an absolute art to remain consistent with the topic you are talking about.  Do not confuse yourself as well as your readers. Stick to just one thought and work upon it. For example, if you are working on grim condition of children in India then stick yourself either to child labour, begging, child marriage or any issues related to children in India.  If you'll talk about all the prospects then you won't be able to justify your own work because of broader topic. You need to set up an idea in a manner that makes it looks singular.

Connecting the Dots

Again, one of the most tactical skills a good content writer should have is knowing how to connect the dots - i.e. actually inter-related topics and paragraphs within the content. It is vitally important because if the readers starts to lose interest in your writing then it's very hard to get them back because you have disappointed your own reader. Readers do not want to get confused and would love to stay connected in every papa they read. So, be careful about that.

Keep Changing  your Writing Style

Always writing on the same topic and in the same niche is not good for your health. It can also kill your creative skills. A potentially-successful writer must switch the writing genres and niches to different topics to enhance their ability to think outside the box, as well as to increase their knowledge. Practice writing on opposite topics to gain these skills! For instance, if you are writing for education then also try to write for love as well.

Never Stop Brainstorming

Generating ideas is one of the biggest challenges of the current era. Not everyone can come up with new ideas that trigger the minds of readers and grab their attention. But that being said, you should never be afraid of failing with the ideas you do have. Continue brainstorming them and then analyze which ones were well-accepted by the readers and which ones went viral by means of a shared trigger i.e. content that stands out and is shared, mostly on social media.