Learn how to improve your writing. A few easy tips can already help you. Read our suggestions and, if possible, try to practise the various steps.
Suggestions for improving your writing skills
Before you write
- Decide why you want to write and who your audience will be.
- To decide on a topic: brainstorm ideas and organise them as a mind-map. Highlight important keywords. Think of links between the keywords and draw lines etc.
- Decide on a concrete topic and gather your ideas together. Take notes.
- Use a dictionary and look up important vocabulary and phrases.
- If you feel that you do not know enough about your topic, then do some research and read more about it.
- Texts in the foreign language can help you to find useful phrases and words for your topic.
- Collect your ideas and research results and put them together into a possible outline.
While you are writing
- Create a first draft using your collected ideas. It is not important yet that the spelling or grammar make sense.
- Read your ideas. Then check whether those thoughts are what you really want to say.
- If you don’t know how to continue, take a break and put your writing away for a while.
- Return to your writing with fresh eyes. Maybe new ideas come to mind.
- Edit your draft: move, remove or rewrite sections that you feel need correction.
- Continue to write and edit until you feel that the result is your final draft.
- Hand your writing to someone else for proofreading. Maybe they can give you some new ideas.
- Review the suggestions of improvement given by your proofreader. Edit your draft again.
- Proofread your final draft, check spelling and grammar as well as coherence of the contents.
- Continue to edit until you feel that the result is your final piece.