Stop Writing To Buff Up Your Writing Skills

By Gina Parks

There is a time in every writer's life when they need some help with their writing. All writers can work at improving their writing skills. The best thing one can do to improve writing is to write less, and spend a greater amount of time thinking about their writing.

Some writers have a hard time with their early drafts simply because they have not allowed themselves enough time to process an idea. A successful writer must give himself enough time to think of an idea, organize the flow of thoughts, and then expand those thoughts through their own creative streak.

It is probably easier to do this somewhere away from your usual work area and your computer. You can choose to sit alone at the park, engage in mindless activities such as doing household chores or working in the yard, or even go for a walk while you think. No matter what location you choose, it should allow you to think clearly, without worrying about being pressured by friends, family and co-workers.

Even with today's hectic, busy days, there are moments when we are alone with our thoughts and if you want to improve your writing then you should set aside at least a portion of those moments to focus on your writing. In fact, you might find that not only does this improve your work but it also allows you to multi-task by completing some other mundane task (or simply getting in your exercise for the day). Once you manage to focus your mind on your writing, you will immediately see your level of productivity increase. You won't spend as much time sitting in front of your computer, but you will find that your writing will improve in quality and quantity.

It is important once you are set on a specific project that you focus your thoughts on that goal. If what you are writing is fairly short, then you should start by focusing on an introduction. If instead you are busy writing something longer such as a book or a novel, then you can just direct your attention on a specific chapter or section. Try to see your story as a movie, and since you are the director, make sure you include sounds, smells and textures. Become one with the characters, so that when they feel a certain emotion you can also feel it and translate it into words. Have fun with the images you see in your head and find words to describe them. Get a feel for the rhythm of the language. Can you see the dialogue as being a part of the film playing in your mind?

The more clearly you can see images in your mind, the easier it will be to import them on paper. You can put your mind to work to create a product that's easier to write and more compelling to read. So, invest a little time into thinking, and you will see that writing is not as hard as you thought it would be.

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