Top tips for writing
“…you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
As we would like to help you improve your skills in English, we are launching a series of articles focusing on different skills.
This is the first one, giving you useful tips on how to improve your writing.
- Plan what you will write about, what kind of grammar and vocabulary you’ll need.
- Brainstorm ideas, write down any ideas that come to your mind regarding the subject.
- Make a mind-map to organise and visualise your thoughts.
- Think of the readers and their expectations regarding the content and style.
- Go through your notes and select the most relevant points.
- Think about the layout.
- If possible, have a look at a sample piece of writing.
While you write
- Stick to the main idea(s), don’t get carried away.
- Use reference tools, keep a dictionary and a thesaurus at hand to look up words and check spelling.
- Remember to use punctuation.
- Keep your sentences simple.
- Review and revise: read your piece of writing with a critical eye, check the punctuation, spelling, grammar, organisation and layout.
- If possible, ask a friend to read it and make comments too, this will help you avoid mistakes and will also help improve your writing.
Other useful things to do:
- Make notes of useful vocabulary.
- Become involved in online chats in English on social networks.
- Keep a diary in English.
- Email other learners or English speakers, try to find penfriends.
- Start an online blog.
- Contribute to our monthly Newsletter.
A website with blogs, chats and forums.
A website with different writing activities for various levels and further links to practice exercises.