Writing is a skill like any other.
It’s relatively easy to bang out a few sentences, but it’s much harder to learn how to write well.
Becoming a writer doesn’t necessarily mean sitting down to pen the great novel, but it is work.
Here are nine simple writing tips that helped me improve the quality of my sentences and write every day:
1. Keep a Journal
Keeping a journal is a great way of cultivating a habit of writing every day. I use a journal to record daily observations about what I’m doing, reading, planning or struggling with.
In my journal, I record ideas about things I’d like to write and impressions about experiences I’ve had or would like to have.
I write entries three to four times a week in a password protected file on my computer. This way, I feel like I’ve more free rein and don’t have to worry about the contents being read by others.
A journal is a private thing, after all.
Some journal entries are only one or two lines long. My shortest entry simply reads “Exhausted”.
Did I mention I have two small children?
Others run several paragraphs or even pages in length.
If you like journal writing, I recommend reading The Journals of John Cheever.