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The More You Write, the Better Your Writing Gets

September 17, 2007

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Typing Hands OnlineThis one should be obvious, but I’m not letting it go without discussing it.

When I first started blogging, I would go back on my posts and find dozens of mistakes. Spelling and grammatical errors, all sorts of things. And apart from that, my writing wasn’t organized and put together very well. Sometimes I would word sentences in ways that they wouldn’t make sense, and I couldn’t get out what I wanted to say clearly enough. In my early times of blogging, it was easy to be ashamed of some of my posts.

But now, I notice that my writing is a lot better than it was an approximate six months ago. When I reread my posts to double check for typos and mistakes, I don’t find nearly as many things as I used to. Now, instead of dozens of errors, there are just a couple, if even that. Besides from not making so many typos, my sentences and writing in general are much stronger than before.

The more you write, the better your writing gets.

If you’re new at blogging or are still having a lot of trouble with your articles, don’t just give up and quit. Becoming good at something takes time, a lot more than you may think. So keep pulling through! As the months pass you will notice that your writing will become clearer and easier to comprehend, your vocabulary will improve, and you won’t make grammatical mistakes as often as you used to.

Practice makes perfect, so keep working at it. Continue writing daily and in no time you will notice the improvement! It only goes up from here.

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29 Responses to “The More You Write, the Better Your Writing Gets”

  1. Matt Arnold on September 17th, 2007 7:59 am

    I haven’t been blogging long and I too get frustrated at times with my poor writing ability. It has improved slightly over time, but nowhere near the standard I long for.

    Who knows where I will end up in 6 months time? :)

  2. Jayne on September 17th, 2007 8:21 am

    This is all good advice! Another helpful hint is to plan ahead. I find that if I write my posts the day before I actually publish them, it gives me a chance to read them twice before posting, and I can rework any awkward bits.

  3. Tay on September 17th, 2007 2:09 pm

    @Matt - I visited your site and I think your quality of writing is great so far. But if you want to improve even more, just keep writing on a daily basis and you’ll continue to get better and better. :D

    @Jayne - I agree with you; I usually always write my posts the day before and timestamp them. Not only for the reason that your posts turn out to be better quality like you mentioned, but if anything comes up unexpectedly the following day there will still be an article going up.

  4. Matt Arnold on September 17th, 2007 4:38 pm

    Hi Tay, thankyou so much for visiting my blog and leaving a few comments. I am really greaful for your time :)

    + I’m glad you think my current writing skill is ok. I really enjoy writing and am determined to improve my skills.

  5. Steven Snell on September 17th, 2007 9:59 pm

    Tay,
    You’re absolutely right. It’s a skill like anything else that needs to be developed.

  6. Dana Wallert on September 17th, 2007 10:04 pm

    I definitely agree! I would also add that the more you write, the easier it gets…on the whole. It seems to me the more that I write, the fewer and far between my “blogger’s block” moments occur.

  7. betshopboy on September 18th, 2007 4:14 am

    Practice makes Perfect, that is so true. I get really turned off by blogger who claimed they made tons of money, yet the grammatical/spelling errors they churned out in their post really made me doubt their claims.

  8. Sandra - Free Cash Quest on September 18th, 2007 6:28 am

    Like Betshopboy says: Practice makes perfect. Like anything else in life you can get more skilled by doing it over and over again. You learn from your mistakes and improve over time…

  9. the subconscious mind on September 19th, 2007 11:40 pm

    i agree, i like to adopt this principle with any task i undertake. at the start it is hard but the more you practice something the better you get because your brain develops new connections related to that tasks and before you know it, it becomes automatic.

  10. Tay on September 20th, 2007 12:44 am

    @Dana - That’s definitely true as well. While I still do suffer from writer’s block from to time, it’s far from being as often as it used to be.

    @Betshopboy - I agree with you. The sad thing is, I come across those kinds of blogs all the time. Blogs where people can’t spell properly, blogs where people type lIkE tHiS!!!11… I don’t even understand what they’re thinking when they lie about the money they make. Do those bloggers think we’ll believe it?

    @Sandra - Well put and wisely worded! :)

    @The Subconscious Mind - Yes, if you stick to something even though it’s tough at first you’ll get better and be great in no time. The problem some people have though is getting over the bumps in the road at first and being committed. Some people expect to be good at something when they just start, but that’s usually never how it works.

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  12. Heath on September 21st, 2007 11:28 am

    Another great way to “force” yourself into writing is participation in things like the National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo.org) competition.

    I participated in it last year - my first time, and it was an amazing experience. The challenge is to write a 50k word novel during the month of November - it’s fast paced and pretty nerve wracking, but if you’ve ever wanted to challenge yourself to write, it’s the best place I’ve found.

    The added bonus, if you want to tie this to blogging, is that you could post chapters of your novel to your blog and readers can follow the story along during the month, providing commentary on the plot/characters/etc.

  13. Deron Sizemore on September 21st, 2007 12:31 pm

    I agree. I’m getting better the more I write but I still want to continue to get better. I’m much better now (I believe) than when I first started blogging a few months ago, so that’s encouraging.

    I think back when I started trying to learn xhtml/css and how difficult it was to learn (or so I thought). After a year or so I was getting the hang of it pretty well. I think blogging or anything you do for that matter just takes time.

  14. Tay on September 22nd, 2007 2:04 am

    @Heath - Wow. I’ve attempted writing novels before - I love writing fiction - but somehow everytime I’m just not satisfied with it and call it quits before I’m even done. That competition DOES sound pretty nerve wracking, but also extremely interesting. I’ll definitely look into it. And thanks for sharing the tip about adding chapters to a blog. If you’re going to do something like that, might as well milk it for all it’s worth! :D

    @Deron - That’s write, practice makes perfect (even though no one is ever always perfect). But no matter what, there’s always room for improvement, and I want to keep working on getting better and better, just like you. That’s great that you have goals and are determined! I agree with you. Things take time, but if you commit to sticking with them, then you’ll improve and won’t be sorry.

  15. spletno gostovanje on September 23rd, 2007 5:22 pm

    I completly agree with your sentence “The more you write, the better your writing gets.” We need understand that learning a skill means eventually trying your hand at the skill.

  16. Tay on September 23rd, 2007 11:29 pm

    @Spletno - Definitely! Many people expect to be good at something right away, but mostly everything requires practice and determination. Thanks for your comment. :)

  17. Pinyo on September 24th, 2007 6:21 am

    Thank you. This is a very timely post because poor grammar is my problem. I went back through all most posts in September and I was embarrassed. It’s taking a lot of time, but I am planning to go back further.

    I have been reading grammar tips on the web and I have a book. Hopefully, blogging daily will help as you suggested.

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  19. Tay on September 24th, 2007 1:56 pm

    @Pinyo - Don’t worry, most of us have works we’re embarrassed on to go back and read, myself included (big time)! I think it’s great that you’re going back and correcting them, and that you’re willing to keep going and reading up on your problem areas. It gets easier as you progress. Good luck and keep up the great work! :)

  20. Internet Marketing Strategies on September 24th, 2007 9:30 pm

    Great advice Tay! Practice makes perfect when it comes to any skill.

  21. valkyrie on October 5th, 2007 11:37 am

    i have been blogging for a week now but i’m still not happy with my writing ability. i guess ill be good after quite sometime.

  22. Tay on October 8th, 2007 8:23 pm

    @Valkyrie - Just keep working at it! Take note of your trouble spots and practice writing everyday. The more you write, the better your writing gets, after all! ;)

    When I read your comment I did notice you haven’t capitalized the first letters of your sentences or when you write I, referring to yourself. This is one very important thing you can’t be lax with, so always remember to capitalize properly. Good luck! :)

  23. inhome on October 16th, 2007 1:26 am

    I always use to think that writing comes naturally to me and that i have flair for writing. However when i had to write my own blog, i ran out of thoughts. Ideas are there but structuring them that will give the whole article a sense is something i am still struggling. What i have seen and felt is the fact that when you have to do very restrictive writing, you normally have to push yourself. The reason being restrictive writing defines your sphere and you have to write within those boundaries.

    However writing itself is a great task and so i salute the spirit of you guys.

  24. Tay on October 16th, 2007 1:42 am

    @Inhome - Thank you for your comment. Just by reading it I can tell that yes, you do seem to have a flair for writing. But like you said, writing constantly for in one niche isn’t easy. Sometimes there is writer’s block and there aren’t ideas, and then are those times like you mentioned, where you just have trouble with getting the words out like you want to. I do struggle with both occasionally. Blogging can always be challenge so, and this is for anyone out there, don’t ever give up! Thanks again for your response and thoughts. :)

  25. inhome on October 17th, 2007 1:08 am

    Writing a great article has never been a easy task. What i have seen of people who writes well, they generally have the capability to think out of box. This is a very important quality and yes it can be developed.An article becomes worth reading, if it is coherent and consistent. There is no substitute to voracious read. So read a lot and you can see how good you can become at this craft.

  26. Tay on October 18th, 2007 8:52 pm

    @Inhome - That’s true. Sometimes I struggle with thinking out of the box. I like to think I’m creative but when it comes to blogging things aren’t so easy! Also, I love your advice - “read a lot”. The more a person reads the more they are capable of understanding about writing, language, other people’s points of view, and more. To be a great writer you must be an even better reader! :)

  27. inhome on October 19th, 2007 12:18 am

    The world wide web looks so intimidating, i sometimes feel scared. It is a vast ocean with pool of information. I am currently working on some internet assignments and part of this assignment i need to find cost effective ways to promote my product. Can you enlighten me on internet marketing. Why do people call it viral in nature?

    Regards
    khushboo
    http://www.inhomeacademy.com

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