Six Easy Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills

Whether an assignment for school or an email for work, the ability to write well will pay off. Here are some basic writing tips to get you started:

  1. Read what you write out loud. If you can’t speak it naturally, rewrite it.
  2. Shorter is better. Never use a long word when a short one will do. For example, don’t write “utilize” if “use” works just as well.
  3. Get to the point by stating the important facts up front.
  4. Spellcheck is your friend, but beware of details it may miss, like confusing “affect” versus “effect.” For the record, “affect” is a verb meaning “to influence.” “Effect” is a noun that means “result.”
  5. Read people who write well. You’ll begin to adopt their good habits.
  6. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Have someone you trust read over your work.