All posts tagged: how to improve my writing

How to Become a Better Writer Today

How do you become a better writer today without taking classes for an MFA in creative writing? To improve your writing, all you have to do is pay close attention to the texts you read: your favorite book, the article you found online, or the advertisements you see on a daily basis. All it comes down to is being a better observer of the world. In this case, pay close attention, not so much to the contents of what you read, but at how the writer paints a picture inside your head. Notice the Writing Strategy Notice the strengths in other people’s writings. Which lines do you find yourself rereading because you loved how the writer composed a phrase, sentence, or passage. Why do you reread those lines? The Writing Strategy Sherman Alexie applies the following writing strategy in “This is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona”: If you describe something with a series, start each item in the series with the same phrase or word for emphasis. The Writing Strategy Example Alexie writes: …

I’m Ashamed to Admit this, But This Will Help You: Writing Advice

I spend too much time in front of drive-thru windows buying fast food and coffee. More time than I’d like to admit. One drive-through lady nicknamed me “coffee girl”. When she told me, see you tomorrow, I knew I had a problem. I’m ashamed of being recognized as a regular who buys coffee every day and who can’t be a responsible adult by preparing her meals. Despite this shame, the time in front of drive-thru windows has taught me a lot about people’s personalities and characteristics which I find useful when writing characters or describing people. The Writing Advice You become a better writer by being better observer. To write better character descriptions, start by paying attention to how drive-thru attendants serve you. When I think of the best customer service experiences I’ve had in front of drive-thru windows, there are details in customer service styles that standout. Memorable attendants call you endearing names like “sweetie”. They treat you like you’re family. Others look at you and greet you with so much enthusiasm that you …