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It is one of those things where quantity equals quality. The more you write, the better you get at it.

I also think reading a lot will help. It is important that you actually know how other people write so you can find your own voice or style in writing.

Then we have style guides we can choose to take inspiration from. They help us with keeping our grammar correct (well, most of the time).

Lastly, what helped me is to write with a goal. Like in programming, when I find out about some syntax in English, I research about it and write using it. This is how I learned how to use semi-colons and em dashes while writing. Just dedicating some of your writing to accomplish goals like learning a new part of the language, or using a new vocabulary, or even writing for a target audience can help you be a better writer.

 

I liked that you suggested style guides. But I'm having some problems to write because my writings have grammatical mistakes that my readers notice. Currently I'm trying to write with a specific goal and that is to enhance my English. Does reading article help me to enhance my vocabulary?

 

I use Grammarly when I write. I really recommend it because it doesn't only check your grammar, it also tells you why it's wrong as well as what you should do to improve it. This helps you remember grammatical rules by practice (as opposed to just memorizing it which is a daunting task I think). Normally, I use Grammarly after I finish writing. I just paste my article on there and it checks everything. You wouldn't want to check your grammar as you're writing. You just want to put everything on the page first, and then fix it later.

Another tool I use is the Hemingway App. It's a tool that tells you the level of comprehension your reader must have to understand what you wrote. It helped me a lot as a high school teacher because it tells me Oh, this would be difficult for a seventh grader to understand, this one is easy for third graders, etc. This is helpful especially if you're writing about programming or development, or anything technical really. It makes you rethink how to arrange words on your sentences to simplify it and make it easier to understand.

Reading articles is a huge vocabulary boost. I say read a lot! You'll learn not just the knowledge an article gives you, it gives you new words and terminology you can use in your writing too. And by reading, you may or may not notice, but you actually get a feel for which writing style works and which doesn't.

And like everything else, don't rush it. Just trust and enjoy the process. I think it's better if people see you write poorly in the beginning, with all of those grammatical and typographical errors, because when people start to see you're improving on your writing, that tells the reader, especially those who has been following you for a while, that you're working on it and you're actively exerting effort to be better.

I used Grammarly for a while and it's a good app for better writing and grammar correction. Hopefully the main features are included in the free version and that's quite enough for me. But there is a small problem that I faced that it makes the browser slow and sometime freezes if I install the browser extension they offer. It's visible when I make tutorials on Youtube and it takes a while (sometimes a flash) to reload the page again.

I just tried Hemingway App and it's indeed a great app. Level indicating system is awesome! It's exactly what I wanted. The best part is there is no login/signup needed. Thank you so much for recommending this one. :)

Whenever I face a new article, I scan it from beginning to end to find new words, phrases and write down them in a paper, that really helps me. My mom always says to me, "Words are something that can work like magic, if you use wisely."

I really enjoy the process. I love writing, interacting with others and it makes me happy. But you know some awesome platforms (unexpectedly Stack Overflow) reacts so badly for grammatical mistakes, spelling mistakes. That's the first reason I leaved SO. It forced me to learn English from scratch, learning all of the rules, new vocabulary and it was tough for me as an younger student. I realize that we learn from mistakes and pointing up the mistakes isn't bad at all but there should be a systematic and respectful way of responding, not just throwing rude words. I'm grateful to all users who helped me answering my questions and that was fun.

Thank you very much for suggesting me. I'll try to apply them in my writing.

 

I don't know if I qualify as a "good writer," but something that helped my confidence to be able to write was a high school class (the AP Language and Composition class--not the literature class--if anybody has access to it, though this was almost thirty years ago, so it may have changed), where the teacher had us write a page on a random topic every day.

Through the first attempts, you feel lost and ramble at best, but eventually, with pen and paper where you can't edit, you get used to coming up with a rough organization at the start and forcing it to work.

These days, I've also become a fan of Proselint to point out some of my inane writing tics before I send out anything big. But like any skill, it's really just about putting in the work and feeding back the useful parts of criticism.

 

I can remember our English teacher had us to write a paragraph on random topic every week and give points according to our performance.

Firstly I try to write the topic with pen and paper, I really feel lost, with no ideas, thoughts, and a random thing happens and I start writing. Also pen and paper is a good choice for free hand writing as it enables us to transform boring words to playful text, doodling and therefore we complete the task and it makes us happy. :)

I just checked Proselint and it's really great choice for better writing. Thank you for suggesting it. Writing is a skill, that's easy to achieve but hard to hold, practise can make it better. Also criticism is very important. Thanks for pointing that. :)

 

What helped me write better was to spend a couple of minutes a day writing in my journal. I use DayOne app on my phone and their recent update on providing daily prompts helped me stay mindful on my goals. I also read a lot on my Kindle since I've substituted my time on social media by reading more content (whether if it's books on tech, thriller, romance, history, etc.).

I also agree with Francis's comment that the more you write, the better you'll get at it. Writing once won't cut it. It takes practice and the will to keep getting better at it, just as much as one does when learning how to code.

 

Writing is always important and a daily practise can always help us to form this good habit. The more we can write, the more we can expand - that's how great ideas comes to life! Writing in the journal can uphold the consistency of writing. DayOne is indeed a great app for journaling. I used FullReader for a while and currently using Nextgen Reader for reading e-books and tutorials on Windows.

But I think learning how to code is comparatively more easier as they follow certain rules and patterns whereas writing is like thinking beyond an idea. Reading and practising may be the only way to achieve this talent. Thank you for your suggestions. :)

 

I believe every endeavour today can start with a Google search.

But what I mean, there are courses and books, like most things you can learn online too. You need to be committed and willing to listen and then practice makes perfect. Check out Udemy.

 

Google is always our best friend. :)
Thanks for your suggestion, I'll try Udemy. But will they provide courses for being a good writer?