Writing doesn’t come easy for everyone. Even experienced writers still seek help sometimes. Well, sure. It’s easy to put together a few sentences. A little bit of this, and a little bit of that. And voila! You now have an article. But this is where we draw the line between mediocre and impressive writing.
What does it mean exactly to be a good writer? Based on a Writer’s Digest article, good writing should contain the following criteria: (1) good content (2) focus (3) consistent tone; and (4) good grammar.
That sounds easy enough. Well, think again. Creating good content isn’t as simple as it seems. How exactly do you judge content to be good? Well, it all lies on data. And that being said, gathering data isn’t as easy as singing the alphabet. And even after you’ve gotten enough information, that doesn’t imply that you already have a good content.
You don’t just type a few words on Google and a copy a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, and then you’re done. Good content means that you have an original idea, which means that you have yet to extract a brand new idea from the couple of facts that you dug. Not so easy now, is it?
Good writing should also focus on something. Whatever your topic is about, make sure that you focus on it. Don’t include penguin trivia in your college essays. Nor should you include your childhood stories on your DIY articles.
I bet you’re already familiar with technical and novelty writing. Do yourself a favor and stop combining formality and jargon altogether. If you’re writing a thesis, then it should focus on a more formal tone. But if you’re writing your first novel, by all means, make it as creative as possible. You wouldn’t want to confuse your readers as to how a thriller book suddenly became a lecture note from a professor.
And please don’t forget about grammar. An awesome idea is only as good if people can understand it. Wait! Don’t give up yet. The good news is: there are plenty of ways you can improve your writing. Some famous writers would say that writing for at least 10 minutes a day will vastly improve your writing in the long run. There are also other writers you says that editing other people’s work, rewriting, and headlining are even better ways to boost your writing dexterity.
The truth is these are all good ways to improve your writing. But, what’ll make it even better? Speed, that’s what.
Writing every say is very effective. I know. I tried it before, and I’ve never been a better writer than I am now. But in this fast-paced world, we really need to catch with our readers. More and more writings are being published every day. Getting noticed in a pool of proficient writers isn’t as easy as it used to be. It’s a good thing that technology comes to the rescue again.
4 Incredibly Amazing Apps To Improve Your Writing Skills
Here are 4 apps that will greatly help you in your writing agendas:
Writers are just flowing with ideas. It’s no wonder that we sometimes miss a word or two, or even a letter or two. And don’t you just hate it when you have to read your 1000-word article just to check if you’ve written everything correctly? Well, you know what? You don’t have to.
Grammarly is an open-source application, downloadable on Windows, Mac, and android devices. This automated proofreader will track all your miswritten words and sentences.
The good thing about this app is that it’s very easy to use. All your errors will be underlined in red, and all you have to do is to click on it, and it’ll tell you what’s wrong with your sentence. It gives you the option to let it stay as it is, or change it. You just have to click it a second time, so that the app will automatically correct the error.
Novice writers get carried away sometimes, which is a good thing. This means you never run out of ideas. What’s bad about it is that readers will get confused. This is where this app will come in handy.
With this app, you can rest assured that you’re writing is bold and clear as it highlights words and phrases that have potential edits.
You decided that you were going to spend the afternoon writing the 5th chapter of your new book, but as soon as you opened your laptop, not even a single idea comes to your head. You have no choice but to close your laptop in exasperation.
Don’t worry! Every writer experiences that once in a while. The only difference is that other writers use Flow state.
What makes Flowstate awesome is that it just won’t let you sit there and type nothing. It has a timer embedded in its system, which means that if you let time slip by without writing anything, the app will delete your work. You have to start from scratch. You won’t let that happen, will you?
4. Graph Words
All writers are verbal learners. But still, choosing the right words can be hard sometimes. Oh, I know what you’re thinking: thesaurus.com. But even writers need a more effective stimulant sometimes. And there’s no better stimulant than visual aids. This free app will let you come up with mind maps containing words that you can possibly use for your niche.
Just type a certain niche, and then you can start creating sub-words that you can co-relate to your niche. This isn’t only good for word lookup. You can also use this app when you can’t think of anything to write about.
Face it. There are certainly times when you feel like you’ve already written about everything you can possibly write about. And by the end of the day, you always prove yourself wrong.
There can never be enough things to write about. But I bet you wish you could extract ideas faster. You can, actually, with the help of this app