Roll On: My Ways To Write Better2/24/2017Nurul Afifah
I may not be somewhat good in writing but you should see how much I have improved and that is the basis of this entry.
500 words constriction so let's go!
| Dean killed Hitler so all those grammar Nazis, beware. |
1. Make words constriction.
Actually, having words constriction is also a good way to improve your writing. It helps me to focus on important things and makes me try to explain in concise vocabulary.
2. Use of Grammarly
I've tried some apps to check my spellings and grammar errors and Grammarly has worked out so good. It's now my go-to since it allows online checking. Yeah, it checks while we write, it's magic.
|I've shared about Grammarly in My Blogging Tricks|
3. Use bold and italic option wisely.
When I write there are certain words I need to emphasise properly so that the readers gets the vibes that I want to deliver. I would use the bold and italic option for that - ie bold statement has to be bold lah kan. Use ctrl+i to italicise and ctrl+b to bold so that you can write faster.
4. Never mix with other languages.
I used to be hard on myself that strictly no Bahasa is allowed at all. It's actually not a good thing to mix. However, I still do it because it kinda feels more like me. But only a little bit like for example at #2 where I use the word lah kan because I liked how it is all in English and that there is this one word in Bahasa like, is this some cool words or anything? However, NEVER does it until the reader become lost. I saw some blogger write one sentence in English and the next sentence in Bahasa like some sort of alternating games. Worse, alternating paragraph.
5. Read more and some more.
Although I am writing in English, Bahasa books would also benefit me. I love noticing the writing style and how the writer explained a particular moment. Reading helps to understand how we can explain stuff and adds up vocabulary. It triggers you to think and at the same time inspire.
6. Blog more and some more.
Having a blog is also a meant for me to write better. Practice makes perfect, right? Publishing my works has given me some sense of accomplishment and kept me want to write more. Since I have lots on my mind, I write some variable topics and that has led me to learn many more new vocabulary and also challenge me to inquire new things. Not only that, I tend to read my posts for a few times and it allows me to assess what I have done wrong or which part I can do better.
Honestly speaking, trying to channel emotions into poetry has also help me write better. Poetry is like the beautiful scenery at sunset but in words. Now, I can't have everyone write poems now do I. Just read some. I know a blogger who recently published a free poetry ebook if you want to try. Or you can simply read the lyrics to the songs that you like. Or you can try read my poems.