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How To Improve Your Writing: 7 Easy Expert Secrets

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Here’s how to improve your writing:

  • “Why would anyone care?”: If you can’t answer this question you’re in deep doo-doo.
  • Actually sit down and write: Try skipping this one and let me know how far you get.
  • Read: Learn rules. Break rules. Make your own rules. Then you rule.
  • Structure: Tell a dirty joke. Then get rid of the dirty. Unless you’re writing something scandalous… in which case, please send me a copy.
  • Simplify: (I’d be a hypocrite if I said a lot about this.)
  • Know your reader: You know, the guy at that place with the thing. No, the other guy.
  • Edit and rewrite: And don’t email me about typos in this post to be clever, wiseass.

These are powerful lessons. But not the most powerful lessons. As Stephen King explains:

You learn best by reading a lot and writing a lot, and the most valuable lessons of all are the ones you teach yourself.

And that means getting to work. But have some fun with it. As Oscar Wilde said:

A writer is someone who has taught his mind to misbehave.