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How Can I Improve My Writing Skills?

please i need your tips and ideas.

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wow this very good for people of my kind. thanks so much for every one who have contributed to this thread.

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Try this site http://www.runonwords.com. You can write with a bunch of other people online and they will help critique your writing.

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@myjoe I am interested in drama and fiction but I still want to improve generally too

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@DreaSola

"Writing" encompasses something big. For example, Achebe write prose and poetry. Soyinka write poetry, drama and prose. Okri writes only prose. Abati write essays and critiques. What genre are you interested? Or you simply want to improve your ability to write generally?

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@my joe How can you help me

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There are now writing courses available but mainly in schools abroad. I may be able to help you, though.

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Sure I know I have got the talent its just that I dont know how to start How I wish I can take a class that will help

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@myjoe & hasyak thanks for ur advice

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To do anything exceptionally, two or three things are required.

1. Talent

2. Discipline

3. The third factor - something you have no control over - call it luck, time and chance, or God, depending on your beliefs.

1. Talent is inborn.

2. Discipline - this is where the work is. You have been told to read. Yes, that is basic. Read wide. African writing, non-African writing. Fiction, non fiction. Modern, ancient. The list goes on. But without discipline, reading would be useless. When you read, you need to develop a keen sense of language and differences. This is what I mean: there is a town called Damascus in the Bible. So the day a friend of mine came across the name Stella Damasus-Aboderin, he called Stella Damascus. You can't be a good writer if you can't spot the smallest of differences. Discipline also entails working at it. Can you have regular schedule of waking up, say, 5AM to write everyday?

Finally, a disciplined writer is not lazy. Perhaps I should have made this a point of its own. I remember travelling two towns away to get a piece of information to complete just a paragraph in an article I was writing. I also remember finishing an article for the papers but just on a whim decided to crosscheck the facts again. It turned out two facts were wrong and both of them had come from wikipedia!

And no, a disciplined writer would never write: please i need your tips and ideas. He will write[b] Please I need your tips and ideas.[/b] Yes, you must practise punctuated writing, even in an anonymous forum.

There are lots of other tips, but have got to to back to work right now.

Good luck!

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you can have a diary where you write your daily activities

write about yourself

write about any issue to find interesting

write about about your fantasy

write about your environment

or any thing you find interesting

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You can start by google.

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The best way to improve your writing skills is to read some journals, magazines, newspapers, etcetera. Then try to summarise what you read. Try to keep a daily journal where you record events and your thoughts. When reading take particular note of new words, their meanings and spellings. I believe you would improve if you have enough discipline to do all of these. All the best

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Hey, jackass what do you know?

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YES PRACTISE WRITING EVERY DAY AND WHEN YOU READ,TRY READING ALOUD FOR 15mins @LEAST EVERYDAY.

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When you guys say practise write everyday What I should write I seem to be able to only write in a specific way

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Spend more time reading, especially current stuffs. Watch narrative movies(from FOX, 20th CENTURY WARNER BROS) they will give you a good idea of how to start you write up.

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I would recommend that you desist from reading Nigerian newspapers because they are replete with grammatical and spelling errors, but you can read American and British newspapers. If you like Nigerian material, read books from reputable Nigerian authors like Achebe, Chimamanda, and other Nigerian authors who are trained in writing or have degrees that inherently involve writing. Also stay away from the editorials on Nigeriworld.com, as the editor allows contributions from authors who have no writing pedigree or skill.

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Get the software WhiteSmoke. It's every writer's help mate. Really good

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practice make perfect, get a 2D exercise book and start writting

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www.nanowrimo.org/eng/forum/178, www.eliteskills.com/, www.livejournal.com/, www.booksie.com/, critiquecircle.com,   www.fanstory.com, www.StoryMash.com,  www.fanfiction.net/, www.critters.org,  www.myownverse.com/,  www.greatwriting.co.uk/, www.editred.com/,  www.authorspost.com, www.fictionpress.com/, www.writing.com/, www.writers-network.com/free_writing_community.html, http://www.powa.org/, www.worthyofpublishing.com,   www.inaspawprints.com/Pawprints_Writing_Clubs_for_Adult_Literacy_and_Seniors.htm, www.writing.com/main/handler/first_in/1/item_id/630825-Become-a-Teen-Writing-Club-Member, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AnAllNewPoetryThread/

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I'd avise you read a lot of writings of people u admire and also practice writing daily. You get better doing it as time goes on.[color=#006600][/color]

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@ poster. You want to become a professional writer like Grisham and the likes, or you just want to know the rudiments of writing?

Beware of Local Newspaper, many of them contain grammaticl blunders and spelling errors that can fill an empty basin,

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^^^^^^ lol--- only mama-gee

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Read local and international newspapers and articles, especially those online. Independent, The Guardian, Times Online (Search for them) are quite popular newspaper sites in the UK. You can look up unfamiliar words using dictionary.com or thesaurus.com

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join an online writers club

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Read a lot of newspapers and journals.

you could even take a writing class in some local college.

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Just be reading and writing every day.

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You guys may say whatever you want but I recommend reading English and American newspapers and magazines, if you really like reading newspapers. This is because not only will reading Nigerian newspapers fail to enhance your writing skills, but it will also worsen your current writing skills.

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Yes read alot especially newspapers. Also, try to listen to international news (CNN and BBC although national news helps a bit too) frequently.

Thereafter, you have to keep applying any new words or sentences learnt every other day.

Hope this helps.

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write everyday

keep an active journal

read a lot

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