Read in order to write

If you want to write well, you need to read, read, and read. There is no other way around it. There are no short cuts. There is no silver bullet. There are no magic prescriptions. The best writers are also the best readers. But don’t take it from me. Check out this article: The most enjoyable way to improve your writing skills.

In addition to this, when you read, do not only ready to understand the message the author is trying to convey. Also check how the author has put words, phrases and sentences together; how the author punctuates (commas, colon, semicolon, dash, apostrophe, end-punctuation, quotation marks). Read to learn about the different styles of writing.

There are many free resources online designed to help you with your writing. Check out HyperGrammar from the University of Ottawa. HyperGrammar is straightforward, simple and easy to use.

6 thoughts on “Read in order to write

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  2. I found your blog via Thoughtleader and just wanted to say thanks for these links – very useful. Also, it’s so true – writing without first reading is a disaster. The two go hand-in-hand and many students, I think, don’t get this!

    • Hi Nicole, thanks for visiting my blog; for your time; and for commenting. Much appreciated. I can say from experience that I acquired most of my ability to write from reading, not from a course on writing. Let’s spread the message and encourage others to read. Best – David

  3. I have finally found the key to excellent written and verbal communication skills. Thank you for this blog and the rest of the articles that have helped in improving my writting skills. They were definitely helpful.

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