How to Develop Your Writing Skills

Here are a few tips and tricks you can use to develop your writing skills and create a great piece of work. Whether you're writing an essay, a short story or a magazine article, it's essential that you're able to clearly communicate your ideas to your readers.


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    Use a variety of writing sources. The sources can help you develop your writing skills, some are very common and some you may have not even considered. For example, many major cities have selective courses based around both business writing and creative writing. I personally am from Sydney, Australia and there are several schools designated purely for writing techniques and styles that will aid you in the long run.
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    Build your repertoire! There is a very simple way to do this, as stated in the main article, your thesaurus. It's built in to most of the major word processing software and can be accessed with a couple of buttons, but believe me when I say, it knows what you want.
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    Using the Internet is also another collective source of writing techniques, and they're not hard to find. Right now you're reading what I have written in an article and although I don't have to use big or fancy words to get my point across this is still definitely one of the many writing skills out there. Some other places to search are news articles, even reviews of movies or television shows.
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    Develop confidence. If you don't have confidence there is no need to worry, it may be easier to come by than you think. I always think one important thing to myself, "I could have written that." Think to yourself when reading one of those news articles, someone got paid to write what your reading. Why can't you be paid to write something someone else is reading?
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    Do some research. This important step is necessary to give your writing some added value for your readers. While it may not be the most fun aspect of writing, it is something that every writer should be willing to do. Whether you are a weekend book reviewer or a corporate speech writer, your readers will certainly recognize your hard work and quality writing.
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    Take breaks if necessary. To combat stress, fatigue or writer's block, it helps to step away for a moment. Fresh air, a glass of water or a new cup of coffee could provide you with a clear approach to your writing.


  • Always write in an environment that feels comfortable, otherwise you might find the words simply won't come.
  • If all else fails, stick to the golden rule. Keep it simple.
  • Write when you are relaxed. If you write when you're angry or agitated it will show in your work.
  • Apply some chair glue. This means to stay seated and limit the distractions that take you away from your chair and your writing.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to write what needs to be written. Allowing an ample amount of time to write goes a long way in reducing stress.


  • Read aloud what you've written. Does it sound right?
  • Don't use too many big words, if it confuses you, it will confuse everyone.
  • Have a fresh set of eyes read over your work. Watch for their reactions as they read your work.
  • Try to make it sound as natural as possible. If you don't proofread, there are a lot of things that can go wrong.
  • Ask for feedback.
  • Always show your sources if you use any. It's not worth the hassle of getting in to trouble.

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