1. Get Rid Of Your First Draft
Even when we have something great to write about, we must carefully craft our words to get our message and ideas across the way we envisioned them. It takes even the best writers multiple revisions before they have a final draft. The key to writing is rewriting. When you sit down to write for the first time and you think you have a finished product, take the time to revise your work and you will enhance your good piece of writing and make it great.
2. Revisit Your Work Before You Publish
Once you have written a first draft and revised it down to its final version, step away from your laptop or computer for a few minutes. Do something unrelated to the writing you were just doing. Make a snack, get something to drink, or read a few pages of a book. After about 20 minutes or so, return to your final draft and reread it before you hit publish. More times than not you will find that taking a break from your work to clear your head will refresh your brain and you may think of last minute additions to make your writing that much better. You may come up with a better title, think of a better word to describe something, or even notice a missed typo. If you are on a time crunch and don’t have 20 minutes for a break, stepping away from your work even for a couple of minutes before you publish will increase the quality of your writing.
3. Keep A Dictionary and Thesaurus Handy
When writing anything, you always want to think about your readers. As a reader, one of the worst things to encounter is redundant language. If you find that you are using the same words or phrases to describe things, keep a dictionary and a thesaurus around when you write (or use ones online) to diversify your wording. If you have trouble noticing whether or not you are using the same language over and over, just proofread your entire piece after you are finished and when you notice the same word more than twice, use the resources available to you to find a new word that will elevate your work.
4. Read Other Writers
For those of you who seek to write like the best of the best. Read what the best writers produce. You will be immersing yourself in the language of your mentors and peers and will inevitably begin to speak (or write) the language yourself.
5. Write Frequently
This is the number one thing you can do to become a better writer, write! Write every time you get the urge and all the times you don’t want to. I didn’t feel like writing this post at this moment because Game of Thrones is calling me from my DVR, however, I’m writing anyway because it is the only way to perfect my craft. The more you practice the better you get. If you are passionate about writing and that is what you want to do with your life, write and you will find your voice and your way. If you don’t care to write but must to get by, write! In doing so it will become such a seamless task it will cease to be a task.