Develop daily writing habit
For a successful career, one needs an important skill of writing. There is only one way to be a better writer, and that is through lot of practice. While some people are born with the talent of writing from their childhood, others need a regular practice. It’s not some rocket science to adapt good writing skills. You need to have little patience to get the grip of it.
For developing good writing habits you need to accomplish two things; first, start writing regularly. Write in a journal, start maintaining a diary, write letters, write small passages on your social media accounts. Make a beginning by ensuring that you write regularly. You have to actually write. I suggest write with your hands that using the computer key pad. Second tip is – select minimum five topics on which you will write regularly; by writing regularly, you get plenty of writing practice, and your work improves.
You cannot write without having the knowledge on the topic; so read up as much as you can recurrently on the chosen topics by you. By reading and discussing you will gather lot of knowledge on everything related to your topics which you might want to mention in your writing. Remember lack of reading will be apparent in every sentence that you write. Therefore, for good writing skill reading as much as you can is very important. Both habits go hand in glove. For example, if you want to write on the topic of ‘present digital advertising scenario’ you might want to write the emergence of digital media – time line – it’s strengths and weakness, other media vehicles – it’s cost advantage and the strong players in digital advertising. Now you see a writer has to educate himself before writing on a topic like this. Your writing has to be realistic, lucid and stimulating. People will not read if it is dull and recurring. You need to have original ideas to make it interesting. Good writing needs intuitive mind also.
What are you writing – a report, a letter, a power point presentation, a note, an introduction? And, whom are you going to present it to? Remember nobody has time to read lengthy and prolonged writing. You need to be sensitive and you need to have keen understanding of the nature of people to whom you are going to present your work. Your written communication needs to be crisp and accurately worded. It should be a thoughtful discourse.
Finish what you start. One of the worst habits is leaving your writing halfway. If you take breaks you should be smart enough to reconnect to where you have left your work. Shiny new ideas are always tempting to add. Don’t go out of the context. Your communication must be understood; therefore, concentrate of the choice of words, the grammar, spellings, punctuation, logical flow and ending of the communication. I once again stress on the point of avoiding lengthy writing, nobody has time to read. Be specific and crisp in your communication.
Read what you have written twice/thrice and correct your presentation. Show your work to some senior colleague; ask him/her to correct your work if possible. Polish your work before you make a final copy. You should be good at editing your own work. Again, it comes with regular writing practice. Format your document correctly.
Some people detest writing. All across the world people say that writing is one of the most difficult, most underestimated activities. Some people write as a profession while others write because it is required for them in their education or career. There are even some unique people who write because they enjoy writing; no matter what you are writing for, developing a daily writing habit can be extremely beneficial to different areas of your life.
You must develop writing as a daily habit because it’s a great ability to have. It is a great skill of ably and coherently getting your thoughts onto paper in an interesting and engaging manner. It is no small feat. And my dear friends, once you get the hang of it, you start to see how it helps you communicate with others in an effective way. And, when you write daily, you develop a bigger sense of self. Even when you’re not writing about yourself, you become skilled at understanding how you perceive things or what your outlook is on certain subjects.
Another great reason why writing daily is beneficial is because it helps you develop critical thinking skills that you learn through your writing and it helps you become a better orator, thinker, and doer. It certainly heightens your outlook and perspective on any given topic. Once you begin to write your thoughts and feelings on paper, you feel compelled to write about them again the next day. Please try doing it for a month.
And last but the least reason that I have for you is that writing trains you to learn about the English language, you automatically start using a better diction while talking because of your daily writing practice. You learn more words (synonyms and antonyms), your learn punctuation, grammar and spellings, whether it’s indirectly through contextual examples or directly from a dictionary. You automatically start to develop your thoughts with best words, ideas, and phrases that you can use at any given time. In fact you can start talking extempore. This gives you more of a chance to make a real difference with your words, not only on paper but orally as well. Start writing everyday; do it for a month and see the difference.