Happy New Year friends! I hope you’re already rocking 2017. It’s that time of the year when we usually reflect upon us as individuals. Filled with ebullience, we set new year goals & resolutions to become better individuals. As a blogger (though, I’m still not working full-time), I have also set some new year goals for me. Becoming a better writer is one of them 🙂 I’ve been writing on my blogs since 2010, and when I observe this stint in retrospect, I can definitely say that I’ve improved a lot. But that’s certainly not the end. Learning should never stop. Let’s keep rolling in like a juggernaut! In today’s post, I’ll share some tips from my own personal experience that’ll help you become a better writer in 2017.
Writing is an intellectual exercise. It’s a person’s inner reflection and understanding of ideas articulated in form of words. It alludes a lot to the personality of the writer – the way he thinks, the way he communicates, and the way he presents. When it comes to blogging, good writing is perhaps the most essential skill that you’ll need to take your blog off the ground. Let’s have a look at these 5 habits to live by in 2017 and become better writers:
1. Read, Read & Read
Make it a habit. It could be your daily newspaper, a new fiction book, or even your favorite novel. The more you read, the more refinement you’ll gain over the usage of words, grammar, vocabulary and sentence structures. I read ‘The Hindu’ daily while commuting to my office. Besides apprising me of the daily happenings in my country and the world around me, it does help enrich my English communication skills. What’s more? Over the period of time, it has resulted in a paradigm shift in the way I think and write. If you don’t like reading newspapers, carry a good book. Books authored by great personalities that enrapture and entice you to read more and more. But here’s a word of caution – don’t get drenched and read for the sheer pleasure. Read with an eye for writing too. Pay attention to how the writer skillfully plays with the words, how the paragraphs make a smooth transition, and how the writer communicates his ideas to you as a reader.
2. Write, Write & Write
One of the top secrets to become a better writer is – ‘Just Write’. Write daily, no matter how incongruous it might be. Recount all your good experiences in a day and jot them down on a piece of paper. Let the words flow naturally just as they strike your brain. Don’t get conscious of the framing and structuring of language. Set yourself free of any rule or protocol & let your heart and brain work in synergy. When you do this exercise over a prolonged period of time, you’ll gradually discover the writer within you with a style that’s unique to you, the style that defines you, the style that you’ll be known for and craved for amongst your readers and fan-base.
3. Don’t just write. Connect!
To become an influential writer, you need to connect with your readers on an emotional and intellectual level. Write as if you’re directly connecting and communicating with the reader. Open up your heart. Address the reader directly using this powerful word – ‘You’, ask questions, make allegories, add some sense of humor to your writing; I mean do whatever it takes to connect with your readers and touch their hearts. It’s a highly valuable skill. You can’t imagine how high it might lift you once mastered.
4. Create that ambiance
Creative and influential writing doesn’t just happen in any environment. It demands a comfortable and peaceful place where you can think, generate unique ideas and get those creative juices turned on as you go on with your flow. Here is my personal secret recipe to creating ‘this ambiance’ –
- Moving to a quiet place, like a room of your own and meditate for 15 minutes before embarking on your project
- Download this app called Relax Melodies. Wear a headset and start listening to the music of the nature (light rains, thunderstorms, chirping of birds, blowing of winds…&
- Let it flow…
That’s my own personal setting whenever I wish to write something from my heart. Your way of creating this ambiance might be different. You have to experiment and discover what works for you!
5. Trust this saying – What you think, you become!
One of the great quotes by the Buddha reads –
What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create!
Live by this quote. If you believe in yourself to be a good writer and reinforce your thoughts to the people around you, you’ll surely become one. If you feel that your writing skills are improving with each passing day, you’ll surely attract those skills. If you imagine yourself to be one of the best-selling authors that this country has to see, then you are subconsciously attracting all those required resources your way with all your positive thoughts and good vibes. The universe loves you unconditionally. Work hard, and believe in the law of attraction. It works 🙂