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Are you a writer making a full-time income, or is writing your side business or hobby? Many people find it much easier to work on becoming a better writer when they are not reliant upon writing as their full-time income. People are creatures of habit, and therefore writing to pay bills can put someone in a rut so to speak.
Whichever position you find yourself in, there are many tips to work on in order to become a better writer. Simply practicing helps you learn to build better sentences, a bigger vocabulary and more. Some people focus so much on strategy that they don’t put their writing plans into action. Consistently putting forth the effort to write is going to grow you as a writer.
Reading has long been a tool that has helped writers grow and become better at what they do. Reading is research, and writers write what they know. Writers should also focus on literary techniques or devices. It may seem difficult to grasp all the literary devices out there and use them regularly, but they grow on you.
For starters, I am almost not able to write a piece without using alliteration once. It has been a favorite literary device of mine for years. Another thing that people should focus on is syntax or sentence structure and development. No one likes to read short, choppy sentences constantly, and on the other end, no one wants to read nothing but long-winded sentences that can leave a reader lost. Strike a balance, mix things up and vary your sentence structure of ‘syntax.’
Build your vocabulary by looking up the meanings of new words or searching out synonyms. I received a strong foundation in spelling through phonics as a child, and that is also key. Without this foundation, spelling must also be a focus, and there are also so many grammar rules out there that you’ll always be learning more about grammar as well.