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catiebeatty
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Honestly, I am not very confident in my writing skills. I hate structured writing and essays, but these are important aspects of a successful blog! I’ve decided I need to work on my patience for writing as well as my knowledge of the rules, etc.

What do you all do to improve your writing? Do you just write more in the hopes it will get better (my technique)? Do you read articles or other blogs that focus on writing techniques? Or are you pretty confident in your skills?

Would love to hear your thoughts and feel free to post your blog link!
www.fleur-d-elise.net

posted about 3 years ago
tightsandtea
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I think it helps to read quality literature, not necessary just books on how to write. you become more acquainted with various sentence structures/phrases/techniques/vocab/etc. I haven’t read a book ‘for fun’ in years though..

posted about 3 years ago
 
DelightfulDecember
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Even though I have always taken interest in reading well-written novels, I’m not confident with my writing skills either; mainly with both style and structure. Sometimes I have my boyfriend point out glitches from my writing, and I would do my best to fix them.

I pretty much use my blog to practice and spew my artful words. I must admit, most of the time, I end up leaving structure out from my personal blog. I guess it might help if you meet up with professor from a writing department or attend to a writing workshop. I end up not doing so because I’m still trying to void my shyness. XD Don’t be like me.

posted about 3 years ago
 
oliviaba7x
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Keep on writing. The more you do it the more it will improve. I love writing and I’ve done it soo much that on essays and graded papers I just 1.write the paper 2. read it over. 3. spell check 4. turn it in. Usually my first draft is the one I turn in. Just practice, one you get a hang of your writing style the easier your writing seems to flow

posted about 3 years ago
 
sherriamour
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I can definitely relate to you! I feel the same way because I’m really not confident in my writing skills and I feel more comfortable keeping things short and showing more photos. But I want to get better at writing and write longer posts. I found that people are interested in reading posts but at the same time appreciate smaller paragraphs for easy reading. What helps me is getting a friend or family member to read over and edit my post. I get my sister to edit it over email. And I also think reading other blogs is helpful. Another thing is that people are receptive to conversational/casual writing. Just be you! It’s not like our blogs our really professional…right? lol.

Hope this helps!

sherri from SHERRIAMOUR

posted about 3 years ago
 
xokeishaxo
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I had an English professor you would have loved. He felt as if the best writing wasn’t always grammatically correct but came from the heart. I mean, yea he taught us how to use and improve writing skills and all…it just wasn’t a life or death thing.

posted about 3 years ago
 
hpbburd95
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When I’m stuck, I usually just start writing like it’s my diary (with out the too in-depth details). I feel as if, when writing, if it comes from the heart, and flows it’s better for someone to read. And one trick that I use for myself; try to flow into different topics as best as you can. Things such as: however, therefor, also, including, on the other hand, etc, are great for keeping the ideas going!
And my blog is: http://alittleburdtoldme.blogspot.com/ (feel free to check it out!)
I hope this helps you!

posted about 3 years ago
 
TheProfashi0nal
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I REALLY want to write for chictopia. I think I have alot of potential, and it’s great practice for me because I want to work at Teen Vogue. Any pointers or tips?

posted about 3 years ago
 
saladtong
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I wish I was confident in my writing, but my writing skills have always been pretty basic? I mean, I can write sentences, but then fancy literature not so much. I have kept a journal since high school, and this helped me practice looking for words or phrases to express myself. I have been writing more often now: forums, blog, emails… Someone also once told me to keep writing and start reading magazines or anything that may be interesting. Best of luck to all with writing! :D

posted about 3 years ago
 
Style4TheCamera
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I feel writing and spelling in general has a been my strong suit. Just don’t ask me to do math! LOL. I think you have to figure out who your audience is and what style you want to write to them in. Is it formal, casua, for adults, or teens? Thinking about who you’re writing for can help structure your writing.

I really can’t get into text speak or short hand. It actually takes me longer to read what they’re trying to say! I still stick to paragraphs, commas, quotations, and good grammar. It’s just what I do. If you’re looking for more flavorful words, try the online Thesaurus. It can come in really handy when you’re tired of using the same words. :)

posted about 3 years ago
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