How to Improve your Writing Skills

Writing

In this post, we are going to see how you can improve your writing skills.

  1. Join a class

If you are interested in learning the basics, then you should join a class. At the class, they’ll teach you grammar, proper use of punctuation marks and help you increase your vocabulary.

  1. Start reading some blogs

I have a feeling that some of you are already doing this. Reading blogs can be quite helpful as they help you learn the language and the style of writing. If you have a thing for fashion and photography, then read good blogs on that. If you are into makeup and beauty, you can find a lot of blog post on that too. Believe it or not, reading blogs will help you a lot in the long run.

  1. Start writing

How else do you think you’ll be able to improve your writing skills? Now that you are done with the reading part, I suggest you start writing as well. Writing every day and about whatever you like is a great way to improve your language skills. Just pick a topic that appeals to you the most, give yourself an hour and write. You will be surprised to see the results by the end of a few weeks.

  1. Learn new words every day

Make it a habit to learn new words every day, it is the only way to improve your vocabulary. Take your dictionary and write down a few new words that you’ve just learnt. Revise them every day and try to put them down when you are writing. Learning new words and boosting your vocabulary is a great way to improve your language skills.

  1. Remove unnecessary words

A lot of us make this grave mistake while writing. We write endlessly, making long and complex sentences. This however only contributes to a new problem. You can make things easier for yourself, as well as the person who is reading, by removing those unnecessary words. Keep your sentences short, crisp and precise. Only say those things which make sense and don’t add too much fluff to your writing. You don’t want to confuse your audience.

  1. Editing

Editing is equally essential when it comes to writing. You must edit ruthlessly every day if you want to become a good writer. If you don’t think you are all that great at editing, then get a friend who can do the same for you. There are plenty of people online who can help you with this. By editing your work, you will know where you went wrong, also the quality of the content will improve.

  1. Have your own voice

Don’t be afraid to speak your mind. If you want to make a good impression, go ahead and talk about what you feel is right. Start jotting down your thoughts and ideas. Put them down into well-structured sentences. Write those things you feel are important. But before any of that, don’t forget to do some research. Once you have a good idea on a topic, you will be able to write much better.

Always remember that having excellent writing skills is not just a must but also something you just won’t be able to do without. Whether you are working in an office or studying in college, writing well is something that can get you something even better and to be able to do that, you must read well, work on your communication skills and see what can help you reach the top. On that note, good luck and make sure to follow the points given above.

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Welcome positivity into your life (Part 2)

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Re-organizing your life – away from negative people

The first part of the series was, ‘Identifying negative people in your life‘. Now that you know how to identify negative people, the next step is to get rid of them.

Here are some steps that will help you get rid of negative people.

1 Limited contact or communication: Once we have identified negative people, the best thing would be to stay away from them. But it is easier said than done. Let’s look at it this way, what if that negative person happens to be your neighbor? You cannot indefinitely avoid your neighbor, or stop communicating with him/her for the rest of your life. Hence the realistic approach would be to limit your contact or communication with negative people.
Word of caution: There is a big difference between a negative person and a criminal/outlaw. If you believe or know that a person belongs to the second category, it is best that you stay away from that individual and stop communicating, unless you are a budding criminal or a method actor.

2 Make time for yourself: Once you have decided to stay away from negative people, the next thing that you need to do is plan activities to keep yourself busy. The reason being, your loneliness may not only make you vulnerable but also drive you back towards the very same negative people that you are trying to stay away from.
Here are some activities to keep you busy:

  • Yoga/Meditation
  • Book reading
  • Painting
  • Learning to play a musical instrument
  • Gym or mixed martial arts class
  • Cooking
  • How about starting your own blog?

3 Choosing your battles: After you have eliminated a couple of negative people from your life, you should not think that you will never encounter a negative person. Actually, something quite different would start happening. Since you know what qualities make a person negative, you will initially feel that you are meeting more negative people than earlier.
But this time when you encounter a negative person who tries to provoke you, think:
Is this where I make a stand?
Being positive is not about remaining silent, but it is about choosing your battles.

4 Help a friend: As mentioned earlier, negative people may not necessarily be evil. So if there is a friend or someone who you really care about, do help.
Start by giving small suggestions, as to how your friend can change his/her attitude towards life. If your friend is receptive and ready for a change, start sharing more. If you are able to save your friend from negativity, you would be really proud of yourself.

5 Meet positive people: Once you have decided to stay away from negative people, start making acquaintances with people who have a positive outlook towards life. While making new friends takes time, and it takes more time once you reach your thirties or forties. But the important thing is to start building a circle of people who have a positive outlook towards life. These people will not only help you grow in life, but will not be a drain on your time and energy and be unresponsive when you need them.
When making new friends, take things slow. Don’t open your heart to the very first person who is ready to listen to your feelings.

While we cannot control the way people in general behave or think, but we surely can change ourselves. A positive life may not make you the richest person in the world, but it would surely make you a happy individual.

Once you have re-organized your life away from negative people, the next step is to create a positive lifestyle. This is what the next and the final post of this series is going to be about.

Always remember, you cannot live a positive life with a negative mind.