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    Question How to write better?

    Dear friends,
    I am from India and English is not my first language. I am good at SEO and marketing but honestly unable to write awesome articles.
    I love to write and have good knowledge also. Please suggest me some tips by which I can improve my writing skills.
    I think the reason is my weak vocabulary but most of time I can express what I want to say. So, what may be the reasons?
    Please help me and provide some solutions. I just want to write well to perform better in my job.

    Thanks

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    Buy Pulitzer prize winning English language books and read them cover to cover. Improve your vocabulary and understanding of well-written English by reading it.

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    Thanks for the tip.
    I will be glad if you can help me find a list of Pulitzer Prize wining English books. Googling is not profitable here.

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    I agree with Dan. The best writers are readers, too.

    Some other tips:

    - Get yourself a good style guide or manual on grammar. Will you be writing for an American audience or a British/Australian audience? Let me know which and I'll be able to recommend a good reference guide for you.

    - Practice!

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    Gathering more knowledge is one of best resources in order to expand and elaborate yourself in writing.
    Know first your topic
    Gather ideas about it
    Learn the right structure of writing an article
    Enjoy your lines in creating article
    Always aware on your sentence structure and grammar
    And Proof read your article or review it well before posting it.
    In order to write well, just enjoy your writing and free your mind so that it will focus on your topic.

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    There is an excellent list of writer's resources stickied to this forum that will help you both improve your grammar and your ability to clearly express yourself in your writing. Start by following some of those links and reading what the experts have to say about writing.

    Online grammar guides
    Online writer resources
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    Read, understand and practice.

    I think you can be a good writer someday since you love writing. It will be easy for you learn things.

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    The best way is to read newspaper regularly and also see more english news channel and discussions.

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    Words that Work by Frank Luntz

    Also, you get better at writing by
    simply writing more.
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    i suggest you just have someone else write your articles. learning how to write well is a life long process and doesnt happen over night. good luck

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    A cheap way would be to read blogs by great writers. A lot of freelance writers have enjoyable and inspiring writing styles.
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    Ankit the same problem with me also, in fact currently i am working as content writer but want to improve my self..i think more practice will be the only solution for us.

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    Reading dictionary and English grammar books as well as literature books and journalism are the best things that you can read in order to boost up your skills in writing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RachelWD View Post
    I agree with Dan. The best writers are readers, too.

    Some other tips:

    - Get yourself a good style guide or manual on grammar. Will you be writing for an American audience or a British/Australian audience? Let me know which and I'll be able to recommend a good reference guide for you.

    - Practice!
    I would like to know what you recommend for the British/Australian option myself please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluebelt91 View Post
    The best way is to read newspaper regularly and also see more english news channel and discussions.
    this is practical. I also need to improve my writing prowess... I like reading blogs and news, books is really OK but cannot find time to read it and I stay most of my time in front of computer.

    nice tips here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Grossman View Post
    Buy Pulitzer prize winning English language books and read them cover to cover. Improve your vocabulary and understanding of well-written English by reading it.
    what about just buying a Pulitzer prize winner and have them write your articles? :P

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    Writing rich content is best way to get more traffic in seo. search for Pulitzer Prize wining English books, e books, buy Babylon dictionary etc. its is the top sources to achieve ur goals.

    GOOD LUCK

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    Read often freelancers' blogs, they offer quite good tips for vocabulary&writing improvements.

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    You can write more to write better when you set up a regular schedule of writing each and every day. If you think you don't have the time, it's time to make time. If this is truly a priority for you then you have to show it by scheduling the time to get more writing in.

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    The more you write the easier it will get, but reading everything you can get your hands on will make it more natural writing. Finding interesting content to write is the hardest part of writing.

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    For the moment, I'd suggest having an English fluent friend help you write articles. As was suggested above, get a few books from quality writers. That way, while you're learning, you can have someone helping you with articles until you get to the point you don't need help.

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    I have met the same problem now, I have nothing to write out. And I have read many suggestions, tips for good writing, one conclution,proctice is the most important, and the sencon is rich knowledge.

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    In my opinion the suggestions of writing more may not be the best idea at this point. If you don't understand the language well enough you'll just keep writing poorly. You may actually end up creating bad habbits that will be even harder to break or change.

    Considering English is not your natural language you should be concentrating on the language first. As many have mentioned, reading will be very helpful. You can get a natural feel for the language, grammar and impove your vocab by reading. You will really need to focus on sentence structure as it does not come naturally. Along with reading you should study books on grammar and then supplement with guides to article writing. Then, of course apply what you are learning by practicing your writing.


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