Google something like how can I improve my writing skills? and you’ll get literally millions of pages on the topic.
Looking at just the first two pages reveals titles like x number of ways to improve your writing, simple ways, ways at work… we who write about writing certainly have ideas about what needs to happen and how to come to the top of a google search.
Ideas range from do 37 things to take an online course, to start a blog, etc.
Actually the notion that starting a blog is getting warmer when it comes to uncovering the real secret to improving your writing skills.
Want it in one? Okay.
Improving your freelance writing skills
(Aside – a subhead like that improves the score on search engines.)
The real secret to improving your freelance writing skills is simply to:
Yes, writing is the very best way to increase your writing skills.
Not quite that simple
Okay, it’s not quite that simple, but almost. You’ve got to write, and you’ve got to pay attention to what you write if you expect your freelance writing skills to improve. I mean, you can’t just sit there and type the same phrase or sentence or paragraphs over and over again and expect improvement. You wouldn’t do that anyway, would you?
It helps to write something you’ll actually put in front of an audience – even if it’s only one other person. Having the image of a reader reading what you’re writing helps keep you on the improvement track.
So does getting quiet for a moment before you start and asking Spirit, God, the still small voice – whatever you call it – for some help in making your writing work for readers. Call it a moment of mindfulness that helps you really bring your attention to what you’re writing.
Why writing helps you improve your freelance writing skills
Remember the old joke, about the young violinist asking the star violinist how to get to Carnegie Hall? The answer was “practice, practice, practice.” That’s why writing and writing and writing will help you become a (much) better writer. It’s true for baseball players, horseback riders, tai chi students, mediators, parents, drivers, etc. In fact it’s hard to get worse at something you practice.
The bonus secret is to:
Read voluminously. Buy books and magazines and read them. Get them free, haunt your local library. Get old books at thrift stores, signup for Kindle Unlimited and use the heck out of it. If you don’t have a Kindle, buy one. Kindle E-reader – Black, 6″ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers – I love the glare free screen!
Somehow lots of reading seems to train our eye and even our ear so our writing improves. It’s magic.
It’s your turn:
Write well and often,
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