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Here’s a Quick Way to Become Expert in Writing
Well, that title should have grabbed your attention. Is there really a quick way to become a writing expert? Well, it rather depends upon your definition of “quick,” but if you have the strong motivation, no matter what type of writing you want to do well, you can take some very specific steps that will not involve years of work and practice.
Let’s Assume a Couple of Things
If you really want to write, we can assume that you have some skill level at this point. People don’t pursue skills and careers in areas they hate. And people hate career areas in which they know they are not skilled. It’s really that simple. Possibly someone has told you that you write well; maybe your grades on essays and papers have all been really good; maybe you find yourself writing when there is no teacher or professors demanding that an essay or paper be produced. So, now the decision is, what kind of writing do you want to do? Because when the title of this post says, “Here’s a quick way to become a writer,” the first step is to answer that question.
If you have decided that fiction is your genre, then there are several things you can do immediately to begin to develop your skills and talent:
- Read the type of fiction you intend to write. Get inspiration from books by authors you love to read. If you intend to write murder mysteries, romance, science fiction, horror, etc. keep reading those authors who write it.
- Write every day. You don’t have to write a short story or a chapter of a novel every day, but you do have to practice some things. Come up with characters; write full descriptions of those characters. Write plot outlines as great story ideas come to you. Practice writing descriptions that really hold interest. Write dialogue of two people in love, two people in hate, two people in an argument, two people grieving together, two friends having an absolute blast together or in trouble together.
- If you plant to quite your day job to write, you need to do two things: either have an independent source of income, or find enough freelance writing gigs that will keep a roof over your head.
- When people ask you what you “do,” tell them you’re an author. You have to get in the mindset of being a fiction writer, even though your fist book is still a story board on your wall.
- When you are ready to begin your first piece of fiction, and you have your plot in mind or outlined, and you have your characters well formed, just write it. Don’t stop to edit – just write! The editing process comes later. Right now, you just need to get it all down on paper.
Most writing of this variety today falls into a couple of categories – web-based content writing or ghostwriting for students or professionals who cannot or do not have the skill or time to produce their own. And this business can be quite lucrative, actually, if you are good at what you do. So, let’ take a look at each one of these categories.
This is usually more formal writing, so you need to be certain that you have good research, grammar and composition skills. High quality writing without errors is a rare skill, and if you can do it well, you can make good money. If you need to “bone up” a bit, you can do one of the following:
- Take a non-fiction writing course at your local community college. It will only last one semester, and you will be writing non-stop. Every time you write a piece, you will get better, and all of those “rusty” skills will come back pretty quickly.
- Choose a couple of topics related to your college major and write short research papers. Get back into the groove of academic writing.
- Do some self-study. If you have never written a business plan or proposal before, get online, study the components, study good samples, and write one or two for a fictitious company or individual. You will be amazed how just writing one or two will quickly solidify for you what must be included and how they must be organized. You can become an “expert” pretty quickly.
- Once you are ready, apply to write for some of the thousands of online writing services that exist today. The good ones will test you and, once accepted, you will only be writing in your areas of demonstrated expertise – that’s a good thing. If you sign up with 3-4 you’ll always have plenty of writing projects, even that urgent custom paper writing that a student needs in 6 hours.
If you like informal writing, and you can keep it simple, entertaining and really informative, then you are probably well-suited for web-based writing – site content, blog posts, articles, press releases, social media profiles, and such. Becoming an amazing blogger is easier than you think, if you follow these few steps:
- Get on popular blogs. Study how posts are written, especially the format – sub-headings, lots of bullet points, pictures and infographics, etc. You will get a feel for style and composition pretty quickly.
- You will notice that blog posts are creatively written to engage readers right away. Notice how they are opened and then how the topic is developed.
- Your initial worry will be in what topics you have enough expertise to actually write posts. You may not have many right now, but that’s what research is all about. Pick areas that interest you; do the research and become an expert. Write some posts and submit them for publication – every blog has submission guidelines, so be sure to follow those as well. Becoming an amazing blogger really takes drive and passion – the rest you can learn!
A Few Things You Must Always Do
No matter what type of writing satisfies your passion, there are crucial things for writing process:
- Identify your audience. Every audience requires a different type of writing – career professionals, teachers and professors, average people looking to the Internet for entertainment and information, or entrepreneurs in need of site copy that engages visitors and keeps them coming back.
- Organize before you write. Put together some type of design – outline, Venn diagram, list – something that will guide you as you write so that you stay on topic
- Write about things you know well or love. Your passions will come through.
So, are these ways quick enough? They should get you moving in the right direction pretty quickly.