Creative writing can be great fun, and it’s a brilliant way to improve your general written English. If it’s something which you’re good at, you might even be able to make some money from it. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that it’s too late and that you should have started practising your creative writing years ago – anybody can enjoy this pastime and it can easily be worked around other commitments and hobbies. There are numerous different types of creative writing which you could try your hand at. Maybe you’ve always enjoyed the language of poetry, or perhaps … Continue reading Creative Writing: Thinking Imaginatively
Writing is of vital importance in everyday life and it plays a central role in our communication with others. Being able to express yourself well on paper/ via electronic means can serve you well in various situations. Some examples might include sending emails, contacting companies, applying for a job, keeping a blog, completing a course for work or further education, and many more. Here are some ways in which you can hone your skills in written English to improve your communication skills: Practice. It’s true that practice makes perfect, and by writing on a regular basis, you’re going to get … Continue reading Some Simple Ways to Improve Your Writing
It can sometimes be difficult to know how to write a good email message. It’s a much more informal method of communicating than writing a letter, but the situation may still call for a more formal tone of voice. Where do you draw the line? As a general rule, it tends to be acceptable to being an email with ‘hi’, or ‘hello’ for a slightly more formal situation. For example, if you’re writing to someone to enquire about a job or to discuss a business matter and you aren’t sure of their title, this makes for a much less clumsy … Continue reading Writing an Email
When you’re using writing in a business or sales context, you’ll need to write persuasively to make your product or proposition sound compelling. The more fluently and eloquently you’re able to write, the more persuasive you will naturally be. However, there are some techniques which you can use which will also help you to draw in your audience: Use patterns of three. Give something three advantages in order to reinforce its key positive points. Write in the first or second person. This allows you to make your message personal and to address your audience directly. Ask your readers questions. This … Continue reading Learning to Write Persuasively
Punctuation is inescapable if you want to produce good quality writing. The term refers to a number of symbols which are used in writing to shape its meaning by elucidating each word’s role in a sentence. Without it, a piece of writing lacks structure, form and meaning. Often, without the correct punctuation, a sentence fails to make any sense at all. Apostrophes, commas, full stops, colons, semicolons, hyphens and many other forms of punctuation play a central role in our understanding of language. They are absolutely vital if you want to make yourself clear on paper. Think about the following … Continue reading Punctuation: the Cornerstone of Good Writing
A lot of people are adequate writers, but the number of people who are able to write really well seems to be an ever shrinking number. Most people don’t really have a comprehensive writing education any, whereby they are taught how to formulate their writing so that it reads well and means what it intends to mean; many people just sort of muddle through writing. In order to become one of those few people who has objectively great writing skills, you first need to understand what that constitutes. Writing is intended to convey meaning to the reader, and this is … Continue reading What Makes a Person’s Writing Skills Great?