Writing has always been difficult for students. Even though this is one of the skills that we master being kids, we still have problems with idea generation and their representation in adult life. The matter is that we do not get used to writing down our thoughts. Thus, we have problems with the organization of the ideas, determination of the most effective and interesting thoughts, and finding the way to represent them. For a professional writer, this is not a problem. But this creates many challenges for those who do not write professionally.
Expertise in writing can be gained and this is perhaps the biggest advantage of this activity. There are various exercises that are aimed to develop and enhance writing skill of a person. Once you start to perform these exercises daily, you will notice that writing becomes easier for you, and you no longer need to spend hours to determine the ideas and compose them into a coherent text.
Exercise 1. Morning Pages
In most cases, we have problems with writing only because we write rarely. In fact, most of us create some texts and ideas only because we need to do that. Morning pages is a good way to warm you up before writing any text. With this exercise, you do not need to be creative, develop plots, or bring to life new characters. You just write down what is goingon in your head. You can write down your current thoughts, your plans for the day, or your dreams. You can even write some words that appear in your head. You just need to set some limits for the number of words or sentences that you need to produce. The morning pages exercise will help you understand how your creativity functions and how the process of writing influences your activity. Perhaps, when you start to write every day, you will notice that it is easy to write and you don’t actually need to spend so much time on writing an essay.
Exercise 2. Imaginative Interviews
Do you like to ask questions? For most of us, asking questions is easy but we rarely do it because we understand the following: although asking is easy, it is difficult to create a question that will cover the problem and will help to get the answer that you really expect. Imaginative interview helps you learn to ask questions and, also, it helps you answer these questions in a proper way. This method presupposes that you need to answer yourself, and in some cases, it is even more difficult than to answer someone else.
Exercise 3. Writing Emails
Today, we write emails only when we need to announce something officially. When we need to discuss something, we use chats and messengers. If you want to enhance your writing skill, you need to learn how to write emails. In fact, it is similar to writing simple letters but today we do not send letters by traditional mail, so it is better to choose another option – write an electronic letter. You can write to your friends, but it is better to find someone whom you do not know and start to communicate with them discussing different subjects.
Exercise 4. Brainstorming
If you cannot wake up your creativity, you should try the brainstorming method. The only difficulty that may prevent you from using it is that you need at least one more person to participate in the process. The matter is that brainstorming requires interaction and discussion to solve a certain problem. This method is widely used in advertising and creative agencies.
Exercise 5. Mind Maps
If you want to connect exercising with your current writing activities, use mind maps technique. Every time you feel the lack of ideas, you just need to create a mind map – write down the problem and try to connect it to different spheres of life. By building these connections, you discover new ways of problem solving.
Exercise 6. Synonyms and Antonyms
How many synonyms can you find to the word ‘cold’? The more words you can find, the better is your result. If you feel that you have problems with finding synonyms to some words, you need to use a thesaurus – the number one book for everyone who writes or who wants to write. We strongly recommend you to perform this exercise regularly as it helps you build a sufficient word bulk for further writing.
We believe that the best way to enhance your writing is to write. If you don’t have time for exercising, you may just write on free topics. Set 10 of them, and when you are over with this list, start to write on the same topics one more time. For example, this week you write a personal statement for university and in 10 weeks, you repeat this topic. Your main task is to compare them and define how your skill has grown during this period and what exactly changed.
Kevin Nelson started his career as a research analyst and has changed his sphere of activity towriting services and content marketing. Apart from writing, he spends a lot of time readingpsychology and management literature searching for the keystones of motivation ideas. Feel free to connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin.