Did you know that Gioconda was the first painting of Leonardo da Vinci? Or that the first big movie directed by Steven Spielberg was done without him being behind a camera ever before? Or that Faulkner’s successful novels were his first pieces of writing? Of course not, as none of this is true! Even though each of the people mentioned above has an outstanding style and is an expert or even genius in his domain, none of them have achieved success without hard work and lots of practice.
This also applies in the case of writing. Some people consider that you cannot become a good writer if you are not a talented one. Talent is important, indeed, but you can always improve your style and skills. Not everyone wants to master the art of writing, but they do want to enhance their language level, or get higher grades. No matter what your purpose is, you need to practice in order to achieve it.
The ideal scenario is to have enough time to practice your writing skills every day, and also to benefit from the help of someone who can evaluate your articles and provide you actual advice and instructions regarding them. This way, it won’t be hard to improve your writing soon, as you take advantage from professional guidance. A professor or even a writer is what you need for this. But the truth is that opting for professional services may cost you a small fortune, and you will rarely find someone who has time to do this for free. However, in most cases, you need to be your own teacher. How can you get better at writing when you don’t benefit from any help?
One of the first things you should do when trying to improve your writing is to notice your weakness. Try to write an essay and then analyze it from an objective point of view. As a reader, what would you like to see in that essay? Do your ideas flow naturally? Do you spot any mistakes regarding the syntax?
You can also think back to the comments of your teachers after reading your essays. Do you remember that they always highlighted some repeated mistakes, such as inappropriate commas or the lack of transitional sentences or connectors, or misspelling some words? If yes, these are your weaknesses, and you should try to fix them first.
Almost each type of paper has a particular structure. In order to deliver a great paper, you have to follow the proper structure, so make sure you know which one is needed for your essay.
You can try to make some cards with the most common article structures, and use them each time you start writing an essay. However, after several papers, you will find out that you can do great without them, too, which is definitely a significant advantage for your further exams.
When it comes to exams, it is clear that you don’t dispose of all the time in the world for composing an excellent paper. If you are pretty good at writing at home, where you can take all the time you want, the clock ticking may be the worst nightmare for you in an exams. To overcome this issue, you have to practice timed writing. This means that you sit at your desk, choose a topic for an essay and allow you a certain time for writing it. For example, opt for a subject that you are familiar with and try to write an article of 300 words in one hour.
When you need to get better at writing, a teacher’s piece of advice can be exactly what you need. But as it is almost impossible to bother a professor each time you write something new and need someone to revise it, you should pay particular attention each time a teacher provides advice and instructions regarding a particular type of writing. You would be surprised to find out essential tips given by your instructors for free. They are experts in this field, so who else is more reliable when it comes to writing advice? Moreover, their tips are based on their vast experience.
Most probably, you won’t be able to remember each piece of advice provided by your professors for each kind of essay. But there is valuable information you don’t want to miss, so take notes when your teachers give you instructions.
Even though you may not have access to professional guidance that is aimed to help you improve your writing, you can still learn from the best. How is that? Read a lot. This way, you will come across many different writing styles, article structures, unknown words or phrases, idioms, sentence structures and so on. So, you can enhance your own style as you continue to find out more and more about writing, even though this technique does not involve any practical writing. Through reading, you have the chance to learn from talented writers without getting into direct contact with them.