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How To Improve Your Writing Skills

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Improving your writing skills is an excellent and relatively painless way to further yourself in your studies, workplace and in your daily interactions with the modern, communication-led world. With practice and limited expense you can greatly improve your writing skills.
What you'll need: 
Pen
Paper
PC/Laptop
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Read as much as possible, whenever possible. Reading and absorbing well-written material is an excellent way to improve your vocabulary, learn effective language use and develop a style in your own writing.
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Expose yourself to diversity in genre, style and media. This may take the form of newspapers and magazines outside of your normal spectrum of interest, classics, children's books, online content or even technical writing.
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Write as much as possible. The more you write, the more your writing will improve. Again, don't limit yourself in genre, style or media. If you generally write academically, try writing fictional material. Set up a blog to create and publish your writing.
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Get hold of an authoritative grammar, usage and style guide. The Elements of Style, Penguin Writer's Manual and New Oxford Guide to Writing are all excellent resources. Bristol University also offers an excellent, comprehensive grammar guide and tutorial.
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Make use of the many fantastic, free writing courses available online. Both MIT Open Courseware and the Open University offer free courses covering everything from fiction writing to crafting and analysing literary works.
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Have your work critiqued. This may be as simple as asking friends and family to read your work and provide constructive criticism. Consider joining a writing group or submitting your work to peer review sites such as Fanstory and Webook, whose PageToFame initiative allows you to have your work rated by a community of readers, writers and even literary agents.
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Above all have a positive attitude towards criticism, both positive and negative. Writing is a personal process and criticism can be devastating if positives are not drawn from it.
Conclusion: 
A genuine desire to improve your writing skills will quickly manifest in a diverse vocabulary, confident grammar and language use and a distinctly personal writing style, all of which will stand you in good stead in any communication-led environment.

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