We all learn to write at school, yet the art of composition isn’t something that is everyone’s cup of tea. Being fascinated with all things tech, you probably find other ways to channel your creativity than anything to do with words.
Too bad, because words are how we communicate our thoughts to others. Even if you plow through the college outsourcing your assignments to an anonymous essay helper online, who will help you when you’ll need to tell the worlds about your groundbreaking scientific discovery, heh? To be published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, diagrams aren’t enough. Therefore, it’s better you start investing time and effort in your writing skills right now. Here is a quick guide.
Write your ideas down
The most difficult thing about writing is to start. To prevent stalling, it’s good to have some prompts and key points you want to convey. Develop a habit of jotting your ideas down either in a notebook or in a note-taking app – that’s very handy since the smartphone is always with you. Continue adding thoughts to your notes until it becomes difficult not to write about it all. Farewell, a temporarily uncooperative mind!
If you need to write an essay on a spot and you don’t have any relevant notes – start with a quick brainstorming session. Write anything that comes to mind when you think of the subject until you stumble upon some inconsistency or a question worth exploring.
Read books to boost your writing
Never start on an empty mind. Always go through different perspectives on a subject. This will give you a starting point – you can agree and support a point of view or disagree and disprove it. Either way, it will be easier to write. Do thorough research before writing on any topic, as this will open your mind to different opinions.
Make reading a regular habit – this way you feed your mind and exercise your reasoning. Besides, the more books you read, the easier it becomes to write as you absorb styles and expressions of various eloquent authors.
Install a dictionary app and learn one new word every day
To pick the exactly right word you need to have a pool of synonyms to choose from, so building your vocabulary should be one of your good habits. Relax, you don’t have to read the dictionary – unless that’s your insomnia remedy of choice. Building your vocabulary can be a fun game if you subscribe to a “word of the day” newsletter or install a dictionary app that will prompt you with a new word every day, supplying its origin and usage examples.
Also, if you ever see a word that is unfamiliar or unclear, don’t shirk and look it up yourself.
Make a point of improving your grammar
Mastering a language is a life-long process, even if you are a native speaker. Luckily, today you don’t have to hire a tutor to improve your skills. You can discreetly check your texts with free online tools like Hemingway App and Grammarly and follow their recommendations – or reject them if you deem them irrelevant.
This way you will always have a double-checked text and will continuously improve your skills through active self-learning.
Proofreading is paramount
Always proofread your text either yourself or with the help of others – two pairs of eyes are better than one. There are always small inconsistencies and typos that go under the radar of the automated checkers and that only humans can spot.
Remember, one can never be too good for revision. Even the most skilled authors sometimes make mistakes.
Portion your writing
Writing is just like learning – it doesn’t mix well with cramming sessions. If you have a big project on your hands, don’t leave it until the last moment. Instead, plan it and break it into manageable chunks. Don’t write for more than three hours in a row. That’s exhausting and counterproductive. Make regular breaks to refresh your mind and collect your focus.
On the other hand, you should not disperse your attention either. Set a timer to go off when your break is due and don’t check the time compulsively. Concentrate on writing. The same goes for word count – it’s hard to play the long game when you’re constantly checking the score.
Try these strategies out and you will see how not only your writing but your thinking becomes clearer. Writing stimulates the mind and reflects your thinking. If it’s ordered and straightforward, so will be your essays. Good luck!