10 ways to improve your writing skills—quickly

Networking with other scribes and reworking your blog posts (and others’ published articles) will help; above all, though, write, write, write!

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(Editor’s note: This was one of the top viewed stories of 2014. We’re rerunning it as part of a look back at the articles that captivated our readers the most.)

It’s one thing to say you’re a writer. It’s another to take writing seriously enough that you strive to improve your writing skills every day.

Ask any writer whether they read, and the answer will be “yes.” However, it takes more than reading newspapers, magazines, journals, blogs, and books to improve your writing skills. You must immerse yourself in the world of writing and be 100 percent committed to the craft.

To help you become the best writer you can be, here are 10 techniques to improve your writing skills.

1. Keep a journal.

Believe it or not, writing in a journal can help you improve your writing skills. It can also help you discover new story ideas that could be developed into the next best-seller.

When you write in your journal, don’t censor your words. Allow them to flow freely.

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