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