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How to Become a Better Writer

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How to Become a Better Writer

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  1. How to Become a Better Writer from an interview with Paula Pant WWW.BECOMEABLOGGER.COM

  2. STEP 0: GET INSPIRATION take in lots of ideas and information from outside sources. A big part of the writing process is “synthesizing many different thoughts and ideas that you learn from the outside world, and pulling that all together and contextualizing it within your own framework.” - Paula Pant WWW.BECOMEABLOGGER.COM

  3. STEP 0: GET INSPIRATION take in lots of ideas and information from outside sources. A big part of the writing process is “synthesizing many different thoughts and ideas that you learn from the outside world, and pulling that all together and contextualizing it within your own framework.” - Paula Pant Read a lot, and listen a lot. WWW.BECOMEABLOGGER.COM

  4. STEP 1: BRAIN DUMP Allot a particular time each day to brain dump your ideas. Not everything in your brain dump will get published. Good writing is a combination of three things: reading, writing, and editing. WWW.BECOMEABLOGGER.COM

  5. STEP 2: SHELVE IT. Set your brain dump aside for at least 24 hours. Stepping away before editing allows you to look at the piece with fresh eyes. You’ll see it more clearly. WWW.BECOMEABLOGGER.COM

  6. STEP 3: START EDITING Know what you are looking for. If you have access to a talented editor, send your articles to that person before you publish them. Read books about how to be a better writer and then consciously apply those tips during the editing process. Edit more than once. EDIT WWW.BECOMEABLOGGER.COM

  7. EDITING TIPS WWW.BECOMEABLOGGER.COM

  8. 1. "KILL YOUR DARLINGS" - Stephen King Just because you’ve spent a lot of time working on something doesn’t mean it should get published. WWW.BECOMEABLOGGER.COM

  9. 2. GET RID OF ADVERBS He shut the door quickly. He slammed the door. WWW.BECOMEABLOGGER.COM

  10. 3. BE JUDICIOUS ABOUT ADJECTIVES Twelve rescue ambulances stood by to rush injured people to nearby hospitals. Twelve ambulances stood by. WWW.BECOMEABLOGGER.COM

  11. 4. REMEMBER THE FUNDAMENTAL SENTENCE STRUCTURE WHEN IN DOUBT STICK TO THE BASICS *subject, verb, object WWW.BECOMEABLOGGER.COM

  12. 5. DON’T START A SENTENCE WITH A DEPENDENT CLAUSE A dependent clause is a part of your sentence that can’t stand on its own. It wouldn’t be a full sentence if you ended it with a period instead of a comma. It depends upon the rest of the sentence. WWW.BECOMEABLOGGER.COM

  13. 6. DON'T EDIT DURING YOUR BRAIN DUMP EDIT X WWW.BECOMEABLOGGER.COM

  14. RECOMMENDED BOOKS TO READ WWW.BECOMEABLOGGER.COM

  15. MORE ON THIS AT WWW.BECOMEABLOGGER.COM