Many writers can write articles, stories, non-fiction or fiction. They have a passion for writing and work hard to get out their pieces of writing consistently.
However, there is one aspect of writing that writers normally don’t pay any attention to.
Can you guess what this crucial aspect is?
It is testing your writing skills.
Writing is one thing but testing your writing skills is another thing. Many writers think that they can write very good articles. But the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
They need to get their writing skills tested to know where they stand. There are many online and offline skills testing methods available these days.
Your writing skills are tested based on the following lines:
1. The use of acceptable writing practices
These include the right spelling, grammatical propriety, syntax, right capitalization and appropriate punctuation.
2. The writer’s hold over written vocabulary
3. The clear and logical way of a writer to present his thoughts in writing
4. The use of a natural flow in the writing
The Writing Skills Assessment (WSA) score provides a quantitative measure of writers’ ability to think analytically and communicate ideas in writing.
Basically writing skills mean the writer is able to present his thoughts, opinions or stories in such a way that it captures the readers’ attention and benefits the readers immensely.
Here are some suggestions to help new writers to improve their writing skills:
1. Start somewhere and don’t wait for the perfect moment
This is not directly related to your writing skills but it is equally important.
Many potential writers wait and wait for the perfect moment to start writing. It is never going to come, believe me.
That is because there is no such thing as a perfect moment. The perfect moment is when you start writing.
2. Pay attention to your grammar
It is very important to write grammatically correct sentences. This is one thing that will hold the reader’s attention.
It will surprise you to know how easily this turns the reader off when he notices a grammatical error.
If you have a few of these, you have lost your reader. So pay close attention to grammar when writing. Use Grammarly to check your writing.
3. Don’t forget to construct sentences properly and in a logical manner.
Another aspect of good writing skills is the correct construction of sentences.
The sentences must make sense and keep the reader’s attention.
They should not be very long and hard to understand.
Avoid using long-winded sentences and hard to understand vocabulary.
4. Spend a good amount of time writing a great title
A title is the first thing that a reader notices. That is why it should be catchy and attention grabbing.
It is a great title that will increase your click-through rate.
5. Always have an outline before writing
To improve your writing skills, you must have the article outline. You must do this before you start writing the article.
The outline will give you an idea of what to write. It is like the structure of a building. Once the structure is ready, you have to fill it with the appropriate words. If you don’t have a basic structure, you will find it very difficult to write an article.
6. The important thing is to write regularly
Consistency is the key to improving your writing skills. Practice makes you perfect.
Don’t let a day go by without you practicing your writing skills. Keep on writing something big or small.
If you want to learn any trade, you have to keep doing it consistently. It is the same with writing.
The more you write, the more you will master the art.
It will fine-tune your skill and make you a better writer day by day.
7. After writing, read your article at least twice
Once you have written your article, that’s not enough. You will have to read it at least twice to make it better in terms of grammar and presentation.
It is good advice to come back to the article, not immediately, but after some time. When your mind is fresh, it can read more objectively and it becomes easier to catch the errors.
8. Run your article through software to check grammar and sentences
Nowadays, we have the luxury of software that can point out our grammatical mistakes easily.
These software are based on artificial intelligence and prediction technology.
You can run your articles through one of these software and make the necessary corrections.
Even after doing this go through the article manually to recheck it.
9. Get an experienced writer/editor to comment on your article
There are many software in the market to improve your writing skills and articles. But they can never replace the human touch.
It is important to get an experienced writer or editor to go through your writing. Ask him or her to give their feedback and incorporate it into your article.
It is very helpful to have a writing coach or mentor to guide you in the initial stages of your writing journey.
It is like when you go on a tour in a foreign land, you don’t know the place but an expert guide has been there many times. He can easily and effortlessly maneuver you through the confusing roads and pathways.
The writing coach is an expert guide. He or she will guide you in the right way if you will follow his instructions carefully.
10. Enroll yourself in a course to learn better writing
The last advice I would like to give you is to enroll yourself in a writing course.
You have to invest in yourself to become a better writer. Don’t think of it as an expense but as an investment.
In the coming days and months, it will pay off and you will learn as well as earn.
So, friends, these are the different ways to test your writing skills.
These will help you to know where you stand as a writer and fine-tune your writing skills.
Written by: Nitin Khaire, Certified Life Fulfillment Coach and Certified Executive Coach
Edited by: Rajinder Soni, CEO, Digital Writopreneurs Hub
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