Tuesday, August 13, 2013

How to be a (better) Writer

A few months ago I rediscovered this great online magazine, Sweet Lemon Magazine. I had read something about it when it first debuted but then forgot about it until now. It's a great little read for 20 something women. They say they are for the "Jane of all trades"With something for the girl who loves champaign and macarons and the girl who prefers a coke and hotdog (personally I'm a sweet tea and macarons kinda gal).

I stumbled upon this article the other day they posted a while back on their website about how to be a better writer. While most of the advice was pretty standard things I'd heard a million times in my journalism classes the one tip that stood out to me was about sharing what you write with someone before publishing. This is the one piece of advice that I know is so true but I've always had the most trouble following through with. I absolutely detested when a professor mandated an assignment be peer reviewed before turning it in; I didn't want someone else to see what I'd written. What if I made a dumb mistake? Or they thought my topic/idea was stupid? It was one thing for a professor to think this, but a completely other, and way worse, for a peer to have these thoughts.

One of my favorite lines from the article is "good writers are good readers." I totally believe this. While I understand the benefit of having someone else read over your work, there comes a point where it becomes redundant if you're your own strict editor. The editing class I took at Ole Miss was one of my favorites, and not just because the professor writes for Garden and Gun. One of my favorite things to do is edit. I edit as I'm reading books, listening to news broadcasts, and even listening to people have conversations. That's why one of the things I do with this blog is not over edit it. I try to make it a point to only read over every post once before hitting publish. While I sometimes cringe when I'm later reading what I've written and find a typo, I'm trying to develop my ability to write it right the first time. Since this blog is just personal and I started it as a way to practice writing I feel like this is the perfect practice space.

Do you have any tips for being a better writer? Do you try to make all your posts perfect by editing multiple times, or do you just fire off posts?

1 comment:

  1. Just stopping by to say hey and that I am nominating your blog for a Liebster Award! It's for up-and-coming bloggers and you can check out the details here: http://fivetwentyeightblog.blogspot.com/2013/08/how-to-make-someones-day.html.

    I know that I need to become a better writer so I will have to check that article out. I think writing is something that we can always improve on. I hope you're having a great week so far!

    ~ Rachel

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