So recently, I have become a freshman at high school. My writing is not necessarily the best, and I’m joining the speech time. I enjoy writing in my spare time but I don’t think that my writing extremely good. Do you guys have any tips and tricks to getting better at this?
As Margaret Atwood said: You become a writer by writing. There is no other way.
I understand how annoying this sounds, because it seems so obvious. But it is so easy to forget. Before I give my personal tips on how to improve, I want to let you know that the most important thing is to put what you learn into practice.
Learn grammar and formatting
I wish someone had knocked on my door back when I was eleven years old and told me, “Grace, you need to start a new paragraph every once in a while.” Looking back on my old work, the one thing that never fails to make me cringe is the paragraph breaks. Or, shall I say, lack thereof. Putting in the time to understand things like semicolons, quotation marks and what the difference is between “who” and “whom” can really pay off. Looking up some of these things on google should get you by.
Study character and storytelling
Assuming that you mean you want to write fiction, I would instantly tell you that character is one of the most important things you can learn, and storytelling is an important skill even for everyday life. Again, there are many different ways to learn about this, my favorite being watching YouTube videos. Watch people analyze Marvel movies or TV shows. Some good channels I can recommend are The Closer Look and Mark Crilley’s series on creating stories and comics.
Write as if you are brilliant, because if you keep writing, you will be.