Tips To Become a Better Writer

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Writing should be super fancy, long, and sound as if you’re a  academic all-star, right? Wrong! Writing has come a long way since Ernest Hemingway’s times. Writing is a great way of expressing yourself, unrestricted and free, and can be something very fun and entertaining to do. In fact many creative writers, such as Sandra Cisneros, are taking novel approaches in their writing styles, even using techniques that would have never been accepted in the past. Tap into your inner writer by following these great tips to make your writing style shine:

Don’t focus too much on what others will think of what you write.

Often times people are extremely self-conscious of their writing and don’t write at all. This can even happen to professional writers at times. Don’t let the fear of others’ critiques inhibit you from writing. Remember, this is your writing and your way of self-expression. You should not worry about what others will think.

Heather Marrone says, “Write the way you want to write… Don’t alter yourself to sound like another person, write in your own expression and make a statement (a clean statement). It doesn’t have to be fancy, it just has to be you.”

Feel free to be yourself and write about the things you think are important. There does not have to be a message behind your writing, unless you are working on an academic paper with set guidelines.

There are differences between constructive criticism and unhelpful comments. Constructive criticism is helpful feedback that will help you grow as a writer. If you’re shy about your writing, start off by showing your literary masterpiece to your bff or teacher to see how you can take your writing to the next level.

Learn how to take constructive criticism.

In many cases writers get defensive about their work and get upset when people offer constructive criticism. In order to become better writers we must learn to differentiate constructive criticism that might help us better our writing, in contrast to negative and discouraging comments.  ” I would say negative feedback is negative criticism, examples are telling someone ‘that’s bad’, ‘lousy’, ‘give up’, ‘why would you bother writing that?’,” Dr. Jefferey Sirkin who is a creative writing professor at the University of Texas at El Paso says. “Constructive criticism is about encouraging a writer while finding ways they can improve.” Constructive criticism should be encouraging and helpful, if it is hurtful or offensive it is probably not very good advice.

Read and write every day!

It would be surprising to find a writer who does not like to read, in fact it would be unlikely. Reading is very important when it comes to wanting to improve your writing skills.

” My first bit of advice is to read a lot and to pay close attention to what you are reading…. Particularly with attention to how a text is put together and the kind of language used in it etc…Write every day to practice, practice and practice,” Dr. Sirkin mentions.

Your brain is introduced to new styles of writing, language, vocabulary and images when you read. Reading can inspire new ideas for you to put into writing.

Practice free-writing.

Although life can be hectic at times, try and find at least ten minutes a day, at minimum, to do some writing. By practicing daily writing you will strengthen your own writing skills. Practice makes perfect, right? Buying a journal and putting it by your bed to remind you to write either first thing in the morning or before you go to bed. Another option is to have mini-writing sessions on your laptop if you don’t like journal writing. From writing about your die to jotting down a poem from your heart, free-writing can be about anything!

Explore poetry.
When it comes to writing poetry you have many options to explore, like form. You can either write in free verse, which is not constrained to rhyme and meter, or you can also chose to take a challenge and write a poem in traditional form, such as the Shakespearean Sonnet, Villanelle or many others! Writing poetry can be a lot of fun and the best part about writing is that you can do it anywhere. So be creative and go to your favorite park or place to be for inspiration.

Don’t forget to take your pen and notebook with you wherever you go; you never know where you might get some inspiration to write! Want to share your poetry with Latinitas?  Submit your poetry at MyLatinitas.com or via our submission form: http://laslatinitas.com/tell-us 

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