Sunday, August 16, 2009
Writing tip for the day 8/16/2009
Pick up a good book and read it. The more you read, the better your writing skills become. While reading, your unconscious mind processes the new words, structure, and style, which helps a person to write with more range.
Schedule in some time to read at least 30 minutes a day. You don't have to be selective on what you read, but make sure the piece is from a professional writer. Reading You-Tube and Sports comments are not going to improve your writing skills. The comments may entertain you, but if your goal is to become a good writer, possibly expanding your already quality skills, then I urge you to read a good piece of literature - a novel, magazine, and whatever else you can find that attracts your interest level.
Pick up a book right now. Search around the house, go to Barnes & Noble - look for something interesting, even challenging - and schedule in some time to read. Barnes & Noble has a good selection of affordable books that are cheap, I bought a copy of H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds and T.S. Elliot's The Wasteland and Other Poems. It cost me $10. These books have the ability to make you a better writer, one page at a time.
Reading old literature from a classic writer allows one the ability to enter a time where writing resonated with great influence and respect, even more than what we see now. With the Information Age and the New Media, society put reading on the back burner, waiting only to use when it is needed. Back then, before technology was the focal point, there weren't as many distractions as there are now. Chronic distractions are sure to produce troubled writing.
Check out the local county library. Some libraries tend to sell cheap magazines and books so that patrons have access to great pieces of work. I bought a copy of Khaled Housseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns. I haven't yet to read the book, but in flipping through a few of the pages, I have noticed a strong, and creative style of writing.
Pick up a book today. You are sure to improve your writing skills.