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By Tony Melino
Writing is not something that everybody can do well. It’s an art form and requires constant education to grow and become better. Now remember that not all techniques work for every person so take it with a grain of salt. There are ways you can improve your writing content by using these simple techniques.
Focus On The Whole
You know the story you want to write but you don’t know if it’s going to mesh with each other. If the first paragraph still makes sense to the end of the story or if something you changed slightly created confusion within the whole story itself.
Make sure to focus on the whole story, but still focus on the parts as well. It sounds confusing right away, I know. It’s something that takes time. When it comes to editing after the story is completed, changing a simple sentence can change the way someone perceives the paragraph.
Always remember to re-read everything that you write so it makes sense with each sentence, each paragraph, and each page.
Put It Away and Come Back Later
There is definitely something said for walking away from what you were writing; especially when it comes to your sanity. Writing is a difficult task and requires patience. Not only that, you may start to realize grammar issues, spelling issues, and structure issues that you didn’t see when you were constantly starring at your work.
Have Someone Else Read Your Work
Having someone that you trust enough to give you constructive criticism is a wonderful tool to use when it comes to improving your writing. You need to see if your story or article makes sense and is easy to follow.
The person you trust to give you constructive criticism doesn’t need to be a writer themselves. In fact, that may cause ego issues when it comes to the grand scheme of things. It’s about what the audience perceives of your writing and you are probably writing to a larger audience that doesn’t necessarily write on a daily basis.
If they don’t get your jokes, then you need to revise them so the audience finds it amusing. The best thing to do with any changes you made to your material is to again have another pair of eyes to look over it.
Read Out Loud
The last technique that I use that is quite reasonably the easiest one to do is to read your text out loud. Hearing your own words instead of looking at them may change your impression of them and expose its weakness. (This is common with run-on sentences and punctuation.)
With these techniques, hopefully you’ll be improving your writing content and grammar issues in no time!