Useful Techniques to Improve Your Writing
Do you sometimes feel weary when you have sat starting at your computer screen for hours on end with only a minimal amount of paragraphs to show after your effort? Have you ever missed deadlines because somehow you cannot manage to get everything completed on time? Does frustration set in when you know your productivity could be better for a number of different reasons.
Well, you are not alone! Virtually every student has been in the same place and some are here more than once a day.
Luckily, help is at hand in the form of a number of techniques that can make your written work more efficient and you a lot more productive. The following are five extremely useful writing techniques that have helped many people become more productive and better writers. It is hoped you also find them helpful.
1. Be Ready – Have the Tools You Need to Hand
Make sure your computer is working properly, or if you are using a laptop, make sure it is fully charged. If you use Google Docs, make sure the program is open. Check that your favorite sites and Internet tools are all bookmarked and, finally, have some coffee at the ready.
Now you are good to go.
No matter how many great techniques you are conversant with, you will not become more productive if you keep looking for that useful website you once saw for creating charts or you have to keep leaving your workstation to find a notebook, your spectacles or some other necessary item. If you have bookmarked all the sites you need, these will be readily available without you having to look for them again.
The choice of tools differs from one writer to the next. Irrespective of what you need, be sure you have everything close by in order not to lose valuable time looking for things later.
2. Spend a Little Time Outlining
Some people think outlines only apply to inexperienced writers and those who write novels. However, they soon realize that is almost impossible to write an essay (and a great wastage of words) if they do not have a framework like this to work from.
Should you find you are writing a lot more words than specified in your instructions, then you will be wasting words if you have to significantly reduce them to make them fit. If you find you’re going off on a tangent on one particular subject but find it hard to think of words for another, then you are squandering both time and words.
If your writing career is just beginning, remember this simple tip: Wasted time + words = wasted money. This tip can prevent a lot of headaches and ensure your bills don’t go unpaid.
Word wastage equals money wastage, which you probably cannot afford. So, the answer is to first create an outline and fill in the gaps as you go along. A basic outline might look something like this:
- Write down the title and the number of words you are aiming for;
- Make a rough note of topic headings you want to include;
- Draft one sentence for each heading, listing points you want to include.
While the above is a simple outline, you will know what points you want to cover and where these fit best. Your readers will thank you, as will your bank account.
3. Have Your Sources Ready
Research your topic. Find reliable sources to support important points, add links to the relevant pages and have everything ready in your head to draw on. This method will help your writing stay sharp and on track.
4. Divide Your Writing into Short Chunks
There are two different meanings to this statement. First, it means you should take hourly breaks (approximately). As a creative activity, writing can exhaust the mind if you do not rest it periodically.
Secondly, it means you should write short chunks at a time, e.g. write some information under every heading. Flipping backwards and forwards between different topics is a great way of controlling word count and keeping your writing concise.
Example: When creating an article like this, it can help if you first write one or two brief paragraphs for each section. Then switch back and forth between topics or points, adding new information to every section until you reach your required word count. Do not forget that readers are attracted to concise content and words mean earning opportunities.
5. Let Your Work Rest
Are you rushing to meet a deadline? Slow down!
This technique is one that many find difficult, but it is a great way of catching errors. Allow your completed text to rest for one hour at least before you edit it for a final time. When you return after this rest and re-read your content word-by-word, there is a greater likelihood you will capture errors that slipped through during previous readings.
The above techniques have helped countless writers to grow and become more productive in their careers. We hope you find these tips useful and if you have anything to add, GoGetEssays.com would love to hear from you.