10 Useful Tips to Help You Become an Excellent Writer ✍️



hello and welcome to today's lesson thanks for joining me my name is Wes this is interactive English which is the place you want to be if you are trying to practice and improve your English skills and today I have a very very useful lesson for you because I'm going to talk about something that everybody uses and I'm sure that you use as well and that is ten useful tips to become a better writer I'm going to talk to you about different things different tips different things that you can do in order to improve your writing skills that's what we're gonna discuss today and throughout the lesson I'm gonna be asking you guys some questions so if you're joining me in the chat I want you to write your name tell me where you're joining joining me from also even if you're watching this later I want you to write your name tell me where you're from and and actually practice writing throughout this lesson that is what I want from all of you is to use your writing skills and this is perfectly possible because you have the chat you have that comment section and I want you to think of it like this is your piece of paper you can now use this to interact and practice your writing skills so hello Musa you Lisa a lot asthma thank you so much for joining me and everyone out there thanks for being here so the reason why I wanted to talk to you about writing is because it's such a useful skill because we use it all the time we use it in business we use it at school we use it just writing text messages or emails so so it's so so important that we learn to not only how to write but also that we improve our skills that we're constantly getting better now one thing that makes it there are a couple things that make it difficult to improve our first I would say is that it's often one of the last skills that we learn so if you're learning a language whether you are an adult or whether you're a child most people are exposed to listening first and they'll listen to words they maybe read them that's the first time they see stuff and then they'll they'll they'll try to maybe speak and use the language oftentimes writing is one of the last skills that people try to to learn and improve so that's what makes it a little more difficult the other thing that makes writing difficult is that it is it is very much rule-based it's in speaking you can you can make mistakes you can break the rules and it's a lot easier to get away with not as many people are gonna call you out on it but in writing if you are writing an essay or a business email and you see writing mistakes it stands out a lot more and with writing we really need to follow the rules a bit more but even if you're not following them I think it's very important to be aware of what the rules are so you know like okay which rules you can maybe bend a little bit and which ones you really really need to follow and the other reason I would say is that that writing really complements all of these other language skills and the example that I would give you that it complements these other skills is that it's a reflective process when you're writing your thinking about what you're trying to say and I would help students prepare for their IELTS exam and I would help them prepare for the speaking part of it and one thing that I would get them to do to help improve their speaking was to tell them to write about it so I would know which question that I want to give them and I would tell them I give them about maybe five minutes and be like okay here's the question write down your answer and they would actually get a little time to think and reflect about what they want to say the words that they want to use how they want to say it correctly and then they would put the paper away and then we'd have a conversation but because they've written it they were a bit more prepared to talk about it so writing is definitely connected with speaking and all the other language skills so it is really important now the first thing that I want you guys to do and answer this question is that in the chat in the comments I want you to complete this sentence right here I want you to tell me improving my writing will help me mmm what is improving your writing gonna help you do I want you to think about that right now and reflect on that and write it in the chat write a full sentence and again if you're watching this later write this in the comments all right tell us improving my writing will help me what what is it going to help you do what is it going to help you accomplish now there are so many different reasons that that writing is going to benefit you and it's can you could say you know it can improve your school you can improve your schoolwork your you need to improve your writing because of school maybe you need to improve your writing because of an English exam like the IELTS or the TOEFL perhaps you want to improve your writing because you are getting ready to do some job applications or you're putting together a cover letter or a CV resume and you really need to have your writing perfect for these reasons it may be it's just a professional work environment and you're writing different emails or you're sending text messages or even on a lighter note maybe you're just writing a love letter to somebody and you want to express your feelings about this person and there are just so many different reasons why you might want to improve your writing and and as you know people are writing this I want you to read read about it what are what are other people saying in the chat what were their reasons so for example broad one improving my writing will immensely help me boost my career progression perfect you're learning it for a job improving my writing will help me pass my exam Valentina thanks for sharing with us so these are all great reasons why you want to improve your writing so now let's talk about how we're going to do that so the first tip that I have for you and I know this one is going to be a little difficult is avoid reductions okay and what I mean by reductions an example would be like going to and people will say gonna but oftentimes people will end up writing gonna gon n/a and writing it as a reduction and what I would suggest for you is to avoid using reductions and I know it's difficult because like I said that you see it all the time and if you're in the chat right now I want you to write an example write an example of a reduction can you think of one I gave you an example going to gonna alright this is something that in spoken English and and and pretty much any spoken language we tend to reduce words and phrases to make it easier to pronounce and say and and these are reductions the the issue is because you you see it a lot in like text messages or just informal emails to a friend or even in you see it more nowadays and subtitles – if you're watching a TV show or even a youtube video and using the subtitles you might see reductions being used and the reason I tell you to avoid it as a teacher is because there's really very there's really no benefit that you get for using a reduction in your writing however there can be some consequences and some negative things to using reductions in your writing and that is when you are trying to write in a more formal context if you're writing an S for school if you are writing business email you really need to avoid those reductions because it's not going to help you achieve what you want to for example when when I was working in the school administration for my old school I would do a lot of the hiring and if I received an email from an applicant that said something like I love your company I want to work for you and they spelled wanna waa and na the first thing I would do is hit okay delete this person no it is not for us that's you know it's just not professional to use so I would say it is best to avoid them altogether my next tip tip number two is this be mindful of punctuation you should understand how to use different punctuation marks and when to use them the reason you need to be mindful of punctuation it is because it punctuation really helps control control the rhythm and the flow of your writing it really shows what you're trying to say because without punctuation there can be some some issues and let me give you an example I want you to look at these two sentences right here okay you have let's eat grandma versus let's eat grandma the only difference with these two sentences is the use of a comma but the meaning is completely different because if we say let's eat grandma without a comma you're talking about eating your grandmother I don't think anybody wants to eat their grandmother in the next sentence let's eat comma grandma then then you're asking your grandmother you're saying hey grandma let's eat let's have some food together okay so the comma in that case makes all the difference in the world if you're not using the correct punctuation it can make your thoughts it can make your ideas very very confusing so try to be mindful of your punctuation the next tip number three is to use transition words to connect or separate your ideas and when I say transition words there are so many different transition words out there and this is just something again you just need to build your vocabulary learn these words and learn how to use these words so for example if you're writing something and you have two idea you have an idea and you want to add more information to that idea you can use words like furthermore or in addition or also and that's basically telling the the reader the person who's reading your writing okay there's more information that this person is trying to give me there's more information that they're trying to tell us perhaps you are writing something about an event and you want to use sequencing those transition words to in order to tell the story about how things happen first how they happen next then after that we can use those transition words to really connect or help separate ideas so we know it just becomes more clear what the person is trying to say it is very important and to become a better writer to use transition words very useful the next tip I have for you is this is get rid of just nonspecific words these are words that you don't need to use that are not very important now what I mean by nonspecific would be a word like thing okay if if somebody writes thing I I don't know what they're talking about and I would say like thing or something instead of writing it tell me what the thing is tell me what something is be more specific you can also use it with you know avoid using adverbs like very this is something that I think in your writing if you were to read people's writing you see this a lot I would read students writing and I would find the word very very very very very very very they want to use it it's an adverb of degree and they want to use it you know to show that ooh okay it's not just fast it's very fast and it's one of these it's one of those words that gets way overused and I would say again try to try to get rid of it it's a nonspecific word instead try to use a more descriptive noun or adjective in order to describe it so instead of saying very fast say rapid or if you're if you want to use the word fast and you're like well I really want to express just how fast find a different adverb instead of very instead of very fast say unbelievably fast there are other ways to go about it and and not use those nonspecific words like thing or very because this is the difference if you're getting rid of these nonspecific words this is the difference between telling a good story and telling a great story it's the difference between writing a good essay and writing an incredible essay get rid of those nonspecific words tip number five is note how to use numbers know how to use your numbers and these are kind of stylistic rules because I would say that a general rule that I would follow is that if it's numbers 1 to 9 I'm gonna spell those numbers if it's greater than 10 I often write those out now there there are many people that disagree with that and that's fine but that's just a general rule of thumb that I tend to follow now what I want you guys to do and I want you to write about and tell us in the chat or in the comments is what is your favorite number I want you to tell me what what is your favorite number write it down and I want to see how your right are you spelling it or are you using the numeral now let me tell you what some of the other professionals say so when it comes this is just a general rule of thumb according to the MLA stylistic guidelines and MLA for those of you who don't know it stands for Modern Language Association and these are guidelines that people follow to for their writing if they're writing publishing papers if they're writing essays or a thesis for school or even if they're writing books or articles for magazines for a more professional writing these are the guidelines that they follow so what they say is rule the the first rule for ml r a MLA is spell out numbers written in one or two words such as two or three hundred so if you have a word that's written simply that it's just one or two words you know 1 2 13 10 400 500 you can just spell out those words because it's easy to read and people to put that number in their head now they also say that you should use numerals actually write the number for large numbers that do not allow for a smooth combination of numbers and words such as 151 this is a number that you would just write instead of spelling out the number these are the guidelines that they set forth so again it's important when you're using your writing to to know what some of those rules are so so you can write them correctly now I want to remind everybody that if you are writing a number at the beginning of a sentence always spell out the number do not write the it doesn't matter which number always spell the number at the beginning of a sentence this is something I would see from time to time in different papers always spell out the number at the beginning of a sentence and most importantly I would tell people again consistent in your writing because oftentimes your writing numbers and you have to write many different numbers you want to be consistent between whether you're writing the number or whether you're spelling them that's just something to keep in mind so thank you guys for sharing on that I add favorite numbers on that I have five Aquacade for Alessandro 12 excellent 12 is also my favorite number because I was born on the 12th the November 12th that's my favorite number too so the next rule that I have for you is this and that is to avoid redundancies and when I say redundancies what that means is avoid information or words that are not necessary and maybe it's not necessary because you've already said it so for example I'd say watch out watch out watch out I don't need to keep writing watch out I've already said it once you know you need to say something different and this is something that I think everybody does we do this in writing we do it in speaking that you tend to say the same thing over and over again and I do this too when I'm writing something and I notice that oh in one sentence I said I used this word and then I used it again in the next sentence and I think oh okay wait that's redundant and then I'll look at it and think okay I'm gonna change one of these and use a synonym instead and as I said I do this all the time I do this in speaking as well at one point I was living in California and I got caught up saying you know every time before I said a sentence I'd be like you know I really love going to the beach you know I just I just find it very relaxing you know what are you doing later and somebody eventually somebody told me they said you really say you know a lot and I thought about I was like oh yes I got in the habit of just using it again and again and again and it became redundant and you just need to be careful of it especially in your writing because if you can get rid of redundancies and use different words and only you know not repeat information it makes the reading it makes the writing so much more clear and so much more concise it's very important the next tip that I have for you is so important this is one of the most important things that you can do to improve your writing and that is read read read read and read some more this is so so important and it's something that's so simple because all of us all of us you know we can read we read every day but my question to you right now in the comments I want you to tell me okay what is the last book that you read I want you to tell me what is what's the last book that you actually read okay now the reason I'm asking you this is because I tell people to read and I feel like most of us probably think oh yeah you know I get plenty of reading because of technology nowadays because we're using the Internet and they think like for me I read every day but I don't really read because I don't read as many books as I would like to I don't sit down and take time and say okay I'm gonna spend an hour reading this story or I'm gonna spend an hour reading this book I think most of our reading is done quickly and we read articles online and we read a few paragraphs and the instead of reading for a longer period of time we end up reading for a short period of time and maybe we just read more often and what I would stress to you is I think it's so much more important to read try to read for those longer periods of time and I know it's difficult we all have busy days you really have to make time to do this but it has so many benefits when it comes to your writing because when you're reading you are learning new words you are seeing how these words are correctly used different context you're also learning sentence structures and seeing how to use the correct sentence structure and also as I mentioned before you're seeing punctuation and you're seeing how punctuation is used correctly so when you're reading even though you're not really thinking about that at the time you're not thinking about punctuation you are learning that information and when you're learning that information you can then turn around and use it in your writing and it's going to help you so I would really suggest to read as much as you can tip number eight that I have for you guys is use a variety of sentence structures writing think of it like an art form you are telling a story and you should use a variety of sentence structures to make your writing better so for example if you are just a beginner at English when I say a simple structure you could just use simple sentences write a sentence that's going to have a subject verb and an object it doesn't have to be a super long sentence you can keep it simple use simple sentences if you're an intermediate learner then you could use simple and compound sentences use those conjunctions and or buts so to combine two sentences and make your writing a little longer if you're an advanced learner use simple sentences compound and complex sentences and really vary your structure because it's gonna help you tell a better story it's going to make your writing more interesting and capture the reader's attention and that's what you want to do when people are reading your writing you want them to stay engaged you want them to you want them to keep reading and this is a good way to do it and if you're if you're worried about well how do I again practice using different sentence structures read that is a great way to see how people are using different sentence structures what punctuation they're using and and that'll you can use that in turn when you're writing is going to reinforce the information that you already know tip number nine is this big words don't always make writing better so I want to say that first of all it's true big words don't always make your writing better however I do think it's always great to learn new words it's always great to practice new words I would always encourage you if you learn a new word to try and practice it what I would say is that for this a lot of times people will write something and they're constantly going to the thesaurus to find the synonym and say okay instead of this word I'm gonna take that out and then use another word that I don't even know what it means because it said well this is a synonym and they'll take these words that that are common that people know and they'll try to replace them with these big words that are less common but people might think well this is going to help me sound more academic especially in school this is a lot of people end up doing this and what I want to say is you need to be careful doing this because it doesn't make your writing better sometimes it can make it very confusing and the example that I would give you is take the word unhappy most of everybody knows okay what unhappy means not happy and say you're writing a sentence like I was unhappy the restaurant didn't have the meal I wanted and you say well unhappy is just a boring word I want to replace it with a more academic word something that makes me sound a little more intelligent and smarter and you look up and you find oh here's a synonym for unhappy despondent and you say okay I'm going to use despondent instead of unhappy even though despondent it has a similar meaning despondent means that you are really really really unhappy that you are depressed that you are not reacting to anything around you because you are so miserable and unhappy so in this context that you know the restaurant didn't have the meal you wanted people don't get despondent from that it would be using the word incorrectly if somebody said I was despondent the the restaurant didn't have the meal I wanted I would read that and think really you were despondent that's that's very extreme so be careful about using big words especially words that you're not familiar with in your writing and what I want to do is use this moment to talk to you about a language learning theory it's called the input hypothesis and what the input hypothesis means is it's basically telling you that your input your level of language right now your ability when it comes to reading you should try to read as they say I plus one input plus one you should try to read one step beyond your current level if you're a beginner you shouldn't try to read an advanced story all right you should try to read just one step beyond because that's going to help you improve the most and I would say that that's what they say for your reading when students tell me well what what should I be reading right now I would tell them don't don't read something that's super easy you know it's not nothing's gonna hurt but try to read something that's just slightly beyond your current level that is the best thing that you can do and I would say with your writing as well don't try to take your writing at an intermediate level and say I'm gonna write an advanced academic paper try to write just one step beyond your current level that is what the input hypothesis is talking about and that is what I would encourage all of you to try to do in your writing as well as your reading now the next tip that I have for you and this is probably I think it's the most important I've saved the best for last and that tip is proofread this is something that I think is greatly overlooked and when I say proof if you don't know what I'm talking about it means to read something again and look for mistakes you need to proofread your writing so if you're writing a paper especially for for school or business once it's done look back through it and try to check for mistakes did you make a punctuation mistake did you use a reduction and you shouldn't have you shouldn't be using it because it's a professional writing assignment maybe you're using words more than once and you think okay this is redundant the way to improve your writing and find these mistakes that you're making is to proofread and this is something i think it's overlooked I think so many of us were busy with our lives and you just like you know I can't take the time I'm finished with my writing I'm just gonna submit it I'm just gonna hit enter and then it's gone or send if it's an email and then I don't have to think about anymore and if I make a mistake I make a mistake the best way to improve your writing is to proofread because not only is it talking not only am i talking about well you need to to change your mistakes but it's helping you identify your mistakes because when you're proofreading your stuff then you're kind of if you find a mistake you might see that you keep making the same mistake over and over again and once you're able to identify your your mistakes or the ones that you usually make then the next time you're writing that is the best way to correct those mistakes and begin writing correctly so not only is it a great way to help you identify to help you find mistakes and change them in your writing it is the best way to help you identify the the watch what you're having trouble with in writing and to know okay this is what I need to focus on this is what I need to improve in order to become a better writer and one thing I would be wondering my question to you is how many of you proofread your emails you guys send emails all the time and I'm not talking about in English if you're writing if you're writing an email in your native language I want you to write in the chat or in the comments right now just write proofread which tells me that okay I proofread it I read through it again because if we're being honest with ourselves I think most of us don't really end up reading things again we just write it it's informal and then we just hit Send and this is something that I need to do as well that I have to try to remind myself is that when I write something look it through it again one thing we do is we write you guys write us a lot of comments and we try to respond to every single comment and answer them and because we're doing it so often so many times a day it's hard to go back and proofread the comments sometimes we're just writing it quickly okay enter and I'll catch mistakes I'll catch mistakes when when when I'm writing comments and I'll go back through I'll try to change them but I try to get into the habit of telling myself okay I've written a comment it's only a few sentences go back and read it again and make sure that you didn't make any mistakes so proofreading is so so so important when it comes to improving your writing now what I want you guys to do is your homework assignment okay what I want you guys to do is in the comments I want you to tell me which of these tips do you think would most will most benefit you in your writing which of these tips is going to help you improve your writing what what do you think applies to you which tip is going to help you I want you to write that in the comments let us know practice your writing those comments section that's your piece of paper right there we really really really want to hear from you guys so thank you guys so much for watching again you can whoops this is interactive English you can find us up here please join our social media classes write to us in the comments we really really love hearing from you guys thank you Miguel Andre max iris patricia try to get some more names in here Radwan Quyen valentina thank you guys so much for joining me today I hope that you found these tips and useful and that you can use these to practice and improve your writing skills because it is so so so so important and as always please hit that like button if you enjoyed this lesson if you like learning English with us and share it with your friends your classmates your 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37 thoughts on “10 Useful Tips to Help You Become an Excellent Writer ✍️

  1. Which of these WRITING TIPS will help YOU become a BETTER WRITER? Let us know here in the comments! ✍

  2. I don't know which of tip helps but I know how I learned the correct writing in Hungarian – I was reading a lot. Hungarianis not an easy language and the correct writing in Hungarian may be harder than the language itself. We also have sentences like "Let's eat Grandma – Let's eat, Grandma" – with a very tiny difference which can mean only a pause but with great difference in meaning. If you want to write correctly in English, I think you also need to read a lot.

  3. improving my writing will help me to write my first blog, because of I will more confidente about my work.

  4. 1. Avoid reductions e.g. can't, won't, don't.
    2. Be mindful of punctuation.
    3. Use transition words to connect or separate your ideas e.g. then, furthermore, etc.
    4. Get rid of non-specific words e.g. instead of saying "very fast", say "rapid".
    5. Know how to use numbers.
    6. Watch out for redundancies.
    7. Read
    8. Use a variety of sentence structures.
    9. Big words don't always make writing better.
    10. Proof read

  5. Improving my writing will help me boost my self esteem and help me to be confident in any aspects like having conversation to anybody or talking in public .

  6. Improving my writing will help me express my opinions in such a better way

  7. Hi! It's a great video! A writing tip I find most helpful is: not to use "very" too often. I don't do that in my native language (which is French). I realized today that I am inclined to overuse this adverb in English, while I dislike being redundant and I try my best to avoid it. I am glad I became aware of that. When I write in French, I strive to suppress exclamation marks too. Then I found out that native English speakers seem to use them more than we do, in their e-mails at least – to look more friendly, I expect. So I started to do the same. I want to be genial too! What would you recommend? Many thanks for your lessons.

  8. improving my writing will help me in my future, because i'm thinking in get out my country and live in another country whit english language.

  9. 1. A simple one really, but very, very important when you are starting out; do not put undue pressure on yourself. If you start comparing your writing to that of other – published – authors that you admire, then you will be terribly disheartened. Remember that most authors have perfected their craft over time and under the guidance of professionals in the publishing industry. Your first attempts are never going to compete, so don't shoot yourself in the foot before you begin!

    2. Try to write as often as you can – just to get into the habit. The only difference between a person who wants to write and writers is just that – writing. No one will ever write the book for you and talking about it won't get it written either. So, do a little bit every day if you can, even if it's just a paragraph. Then, slowly but surely the story will take shape and you will find that scenarios or characters will start appearing on that blank page.

    3. Use the active voice whenever possible. Say "Johnny threw the ball," not "The ball was thrown by Johnny."

    4. Write what you want. People often say you have to write about what you know, but I don't think this is necessarily the case. Think Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter – not exactly everyday life, is it? Yet as readers, we lap up these stories because they are written from the heart and with a true passion. Whatever you write about, write about it because you want to. Don't try to write about things you think the reader wants to read about, or try to guess the market.

    5. Following from above, don't be afraid to experiment in order to become comfortable with your own voice but whatever you do, don't try to imitate someone else's voice – this is self-defeating.

    6. Less is more. Say what you mean in the fewest possible words.

    7. Don't be afraid to use 'said' when writing dialogue. This is one of the most useful tips I ever learnt in relation to writing and I picked it quite by accident. I was reading a novel in which every second character 'shrieked' or 'yelled' or 'grinned' or 'laughed'. It was very off-putting and really slowed the pace of the dialogue.
    'Said' is a word that sort of disappears on a page – the eye tends to skip over it (try it when reading, and you'll see what I mean) yet it serves its purpose. Sometimes, particularly when starting out, writers feel that they have to use their full arsenal of alternatives, when really, all they need to do is write 'said'!

    8. Another point on dialogue. When finished writing a scene that consists of mostly dialogue, read it back out loud to yourself. You'll find that if it doesn't sound natural out loud, it probably isn't, and you may need to shorten sentences or sharpen responses. Additionally don't use dialogue to fill in back-story. This is an extreme example but most people wouldn't say in normal conversation. '"Mary, I've known you since we were five years old, when we met on the first day at school when I picked you up after you fell off the rocking horse. Why won't you believe me?" Assuming both parties were friends, then they would both know this, so you would need to fill the back-story in some other way like: 'Sensing her distrust, Johnny was at a loss. He and Mary had been friends since …. and then the dialogue. "Mary, why won't you believe me?"'

    9. Read as much as you can and read critically. Study what works for you and what doesn't, but again, don't make too many comparisons. Remember that you are on a learning curve. While I'm on the first draft of a novel, I will not – under any circumstances – allow myself to read another women's fiction novel. I'll read thrillers or non-fiction but nothing like I'm writing myself, otherwise, I get really disheartened despite the fact that mine is still a work-in-progress.

    10. Writer's Block – Feeling stuck at times is very common and completely normal. If you allow yourself to get hung up on this, the so-called block may prove self-perpetuating. I like to call slow or 'blocked' phases little speed bumps. You may need some time to think things over and iron out plot points before you're ready to make further forward progress on the story. Still, try to write a little every day despite this. Start another scene or another chapter – you can always go back to the 'blocked' scene later. Or alternatively, you could just do the ironing. If you hate ironing as much as I do, this may well inspire you to get writing again. buy this guide it was very helpful http://wealthandhealthpro.com/product/writer-help-wanted/

  10. Sometimes, I am not able to recognize I use reductions so, it can be beneficial for me to look over my writing and check the mistakes that I had. Looking over them effectively for makes me realize what did I wrong while I writing. Also, I usually avoid using the same words over and over again while I am writing because writing the same word makes the writing boring and unqualified. However, I occasionally not be able to find the correct word to write, and when I could not remember I care about it and I cannot stand if I cannot find the word. It makes me obsessive.

  11. Improving my writing will help me to understand my thoughts obviously because seeing something you write is make the clearer mind for thinking effectively.

  12. Hi! I’m Adriano, from Brazil. I came across your channel and I really liked it. I’d like to thank you for giving us such great support!

  13. outstanding explanation 😊 utterly excellente as usual tnx for sharing with us these amazing tips 😉 keep it up Wes

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