Reasons to Write
By Rory C. Keel
Why do I write? Is it because throngs of fans demand it, anticipating every word of my next masterpiece? Is it because I honestly expect to make millions of dollars on a bestseller, or desire to be famous? No.
This week I will share with you reason number 3, of why I write.
Reason #3 – Writing improves your skills.
“Practice makes perfect!” I knew there had to be a reason the teacher made me write my spelling words three times each in grade school. There were a few other lessons I learned while writing words multiple times on the chalkboard, but I will spare you from my youthful indiscretions. Yes, the more a person writes the more they learn and the better they become at the craft. Even those who have a level of natural ability will continue to show improvement with every word.
Use of Tools
There are a few basic tools that you will need to help you get started.
- A Thesaurus and a Dictionary will help to insure the proper meaning and usage of words, improving your vocabulary.
- The Chicago Manual of Style, or Strunk and White Elements of Style, will aid in punctuation and sentence structure. Over time you will notice a marked improvement in your writing.
- Use Encyclopedias found online or at your local library, to research your project. It will naturally results in an increased knowledge of that subject and improve your reading comprehension.
- A computer with a word processor program, and certainly, pen and paper are still terrific to use for jotting things down.
- Find a comfortable writing place.
- Then start with an Idea and write it down.
How do I know these points are true? I’ve come along way since the first grade, A-B-C-D-E-F-G . . .