From January, 2018

The 5 Most Common Mistakes You Should Avoid When Writing

  While writing, you will likely make mistakes. But, do not panic because it is typical for many. However, some issues are more common, critical and oft-repeated than others. It is particularly true for novice writers in undergraduate studies although I have also seen graduate students making these mistakes. However, this post is intended for college students and beginners in writing. Here are the five most common mistakes you need to avoid while writing. Long Sentences It is an assumption that good writing is composed of long sentences. Instead, write short sentences because they are easier to follow. But, many…

3 Common Myths about Writing, Debunked

Many believe writing is a natural gift you acquire at birth, and it is impossible to develop and realize it on your own. They say since it is an inborn skill, very lucky few have it. Others think writing is a privilege that only the rich with resources and proper education can afford. But, the truth is anyone can be a writer because these are myths, not facts: Writing is a natural gift It is a privilege of the rich  You need to be well-educated to be a writer  Let us debunk them one by one here. Writing is a…

5 Essential Lessons in Writing for Beginners

  Writing for beginners is a big concern and a challenge because I once faced it. They worry about starting to put words together. The fear is not just about writing words in sentences but doing it in a way that creates some meaning. The inability to develop clarity and purpose discourages many, and it is little wonder that they never come back to writing again. However, the bad news is this means only more difficulties because the written word is central to most forms of human activity now. Colleges, universities, banks, NGOs and countless other professional institutions require from…

You Need to Do 9 Things to be a Writer

Aslam Kakar Photo Credit: Cheryl Sutton https://studybreaks.com/2017/11/14/nanowrimo-step-up-your-writing-game/ Writing is one of the most challenging skills to learn. Unlike learning to ride a bike or drive a car, knowing how to write is a subtle art. It takes a long time and a lot of practice to master it. But the good news is that if one commits to it, learning how to write is entirely attainable. Nine steps have helped me improve my writing over the years. Here they are. Write Colum McCann says, “Keep your arse in the chair and write.” Write every day. Write about anything. Natalie Goldberg…