Improving Writing Skills!
This post is for improving writing skills for adults. If you could take a pill and that pill could considerably help you to write with zero side effects. Would you consider taking such a pill? Would this be an unfair advantage against normal people? What if I also said, if you improved your diet, you would be sharper than most people and out-think them. I mean come on, God, who wouldn’t want the competitive edge to drive more traffic to your site, to have more people enjoy your writing. To out-think creatively, to earn more opportunity for oneself. People that write always want to write better. It’s just the way it is! I will be suggesting my tips for improving writing skills, adult style. By the way, I am not an expert. I just know what I know.
I’ve struggled writing in high school. I couldn’t even write one sentence, for I felt it made me too vulnerable. That was my upbringing though. Fast forward to today, I still struggle opening myself to the outside. This at times makes writing very arduous for me. But with each successful word typed I become better at it. I hope that’s at least what I tell myself. When I sometimes type something, and I get that feeling of being on edge and unsure about it, I know, I am pushing myself. Whether good or bad, I got skin in the game, and for me, that is what matters the most at this junction in time.
By the way, this is my number 1 way of improving your writing skills. It works!
There are pills, legal ones that boost memory and improve focus and they work. I tell you, they work. I feel sharper, words I don’t normally use, just pop in my head when needed. This is one of the best writing tools, I have discovered for myself. What a fascinating world we live in where you can take a supplement to improve cognitive function and apply it to a particular field as a hobby, as a job, as a passion, to use as a tool. It won’t make you a Kaku, Einstein or a Hawking though. Just a better you.
These pills are called nootropics. Maybe you have heard of Nootropics or maybe not. Nootropics are also called smart drugs. They have been shown to improve memory, creativity, motivation, cognitive function, focus. Coffee is considered a nootropic. So you have probably used a nootropic all along and didn’t even know it.
Just as professional sports athletes take all kinds of legal and illegal “supplements” to improve athletic performance, you too can take a safe and effective supplement to enhance what you do. In this case writing. Why not? It’s safe, legal and effective. With a money back guarantee as a kicker.
Many celebrities take Alpha Brain before they perform, from actors, comedians, tech innovators, athletes to get that edge. People like Joe Rogan, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Duncan Keith, Stephen “Twitch” Boss, Jason Ellis, Bode Miller, Brian Cushing and many, many more. All trying to get that competitive edge, that is so talk about and desired.
For me, I didn’t feel any effects until about a week and a half into taking two pills a day. Then I felt something gradually. The writing flowed more for me after it. Brain fog left. It’s not so much a struggle to write as it once was and words pop out of me like popcorn, unexpected and speedily. Now, I take one or two pill/s a couple of hours before I’m going to write. A word of caution you will dream, and remember more of them. Which I love. Bonus!
There are a lot of products out there, and the one I recommend is Alpha Brain from Onnit. This is the only one I’ve tried to be honest but I am very happy with the results, and I think you will be too. They use the highest grade of ingredients in the world to put into any product they sell. Alpha Brain has been tested with a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial conducted by The Boston Center for Memory and shown increased these functions.
Be on the cutting edge! So if this interest you and you would like to give it a try head on over to Onnit and give it a try.
Thesaurus & Synonyms…Use them
Another great way to improving writing skills is using a tool called a thesaurus. The definition of a thesaurus is: “a book in which words that have the same or similar meanings are grouped together”. You can find different words that mean the same thing. Another way to find different words is by typing “whatever word” in Google and typing, “synonym” behind it. It’s faster than looking in a book if you write from your desktop or laptop. The search should show you alternatives words that mean the same thing.
It will spice up your writing for you and your readers. Plus it cost nothing and is simple to boot. Nobody wants to read an article with the same word used over and over throughout a 1500 words post. A synonym is a word that means the same thing but is a totally different word.
An example would be the moon, and some synonyms would be luna, satellite, plant, crescent, half-moon, planetoid, pumpkin, celestial body, new moon, full moon, heavenly body, orb of night. This is the creativity part of writing and the beauty of it placing them in a way to accentuate the sentence and to possibly romanticize it. This also will help get you out of a rut, if you are in one. So, if you read your page and notice words are all too frequently appearing, get googling to unlock a better experience for you and readers.
The food you eat, greatly impacts everything in your life, to health to your mental state. So, if you want to improve your writing, might I suggest ingesting a healthier diet. I know we hear it all the time, droning on and on in the background. To the point of where we turned it off a long time ago.
So let me bring up a story I once heard, there was once a vegetarian that made hundreds of millions of dollars, in I think he made it all in investing. When asked about his secret he said “His diet.” He ate only a vegetarian diet. He said he could out-think his opponents easily. It wasn’t even fair, he said. Well, fast forward ten years. The guy is broke and is asked what happened, he stops and thinks, he had changed his diet. He started to eat bad and lost his competitive edge.
Some people just think and feel better eating certain foods, while others feel horrible eating that food. I am not saying to become a vegetarian, listen to your body and observe what you eat and how you feel after you eat that certain food. Especially your mental state, pay close attention if you feel sharper. So don’t underestimate the power of food, it’s powerful stuff.
Another way to improve your writing is to a 30 minutes speed write. This is where you do a little research beforehand then set a timer to 30 minutes and try to pound out words coherently, as many as you can in 30 minutes without stopping. It’s a great way to force you to improve your thought patterns and help free up time as well. This is a real challenge!
Write Outside Of Your Comfort Zone
Try to write things your not comfortable writing about; this creates change and challenge in you. Pushing your self. You need to be tested. Things need to be hard sometimes. It makes them more rewarding in the end. If we just write about what we know, it stagnates sooner or later.
Cast An Eye Over
The more obvious one is to read good writing. Not some stuffy old English stuff, well maybe, but I talking about something that translates to how people actually talk to each other. I would suggest magazines like Rolling Stone, Playboy(the articles, my boy, the articles), Wired, Men’s Journal, Esquire, The New Yorker, Men’s Health, People, The Atlantic Monthly, Vogue, The American Scholar, New York, FHM, Maxim. Reading well-written materials adds to your wheelhouse when writing yourself, thus improving your skill set. So read, enjoy and take note.
It’s just not magazines to read; there are millions (Yes, I made that word up) of well-written blogs out there to divulge into and glean some knowledge from.
What Not To Do
Although I greatly enjoy this famous writer’s work, I would highly recommend that you don’t follow his daily routine for writing. Who is this famous writer? None other than Hunter S. Thompson. Just take a look and see what I mean.
- 3:00 p.m. rise
- 3:05 Chivas Regal with the morning papers, Dunhills
- 3:45 cocaine
- 3:50 another glass of Chivas, Dunhill
- 4:05 first cup of coffee, Dunhill
- 4:15 cocaine
- 4:16 orange juice, Dunhill
- 4:30 cocaine
- 4:54 cocaine
- 5:05 cocaine
- 5:11 coffee, Dunhills
- 5:30 more ice in the Chivas
- 5:45 cocaine, etc., etc.
- 6:00 grass to take the edge off the day
- 7:05 Woody Creek Tavern for lunch-Heineken, two margaritas, coleslaw, a taco salad, a double order of fried onion rings, carrot cake, ice cream, a bean fritter, Dunhills, another Heineken, cocaine, and for the ride home, a snow cone (a glass of shredded ice over which is poured three or four jiggers of Chivas.)
- 9:00 starts snorting cocaine seriously
- 10:00 drops acid
- 11:00 Chartreuse, cocaine, grass
- 11:30 cocaine, etc., etc.
- 12:00 midnight, Hunter S. Thompson is ready to write
- 12:05-6:00 a.m. Chartreuse, cocaine, grass, Chivas, coffee, Heineken, clove cigarettes, grapefruit, Dunhills, orange juice, gin, continuous pornographic movies.
- 6:00 the hot tub-champagne, Dove Bars, fettuccine Alfredo
- 8:00 Halcyon
- 8:20 sleep
Improving Writing Skills Adults!
So, I hope this article has helped you take your writing up a nacho, or at least give you a few ideas, for growth. Improving writing skills for adults is a fascinating field to explore with many trails and paths to find improvement. So, go forth and write. Bring forth the crayon, the pencil, the pen, the typewriter, the keyboard and WRITE, my good friend, write till you bleed from each fingertip.
If you have any suggestions or comments, please feel free to do so below. I will be more than happy to answer them. Thanks.