05 July 2017

How to Skyrocket Your Writing Skills Online: Step-by-Step Guide

Right now is probably the best time in history to make use of your writing skills. This goes double if you are a writer, but even if you're a professional in any other area, you can still benefit from knowing your way around a sentence. For instance, if you are a manager, being able to communicate effectively with your clients can help your company score new projects, and grow the reputation of your business.

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This is because new media and technologies have emerged which require us to write. We are talking about social media, texting, blogging, and websites, among others. Any of these platforms can help you boost your popularity, build your brand, and make a good profit, provided that your writing skills are up to the job. Even though some are better at it than others, writing is a skill which can be honed and developed.

Thanks to modern technologies, there are plenty of platforms, tools, and apps which enable us to do so. Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can skyrocket your writing.

1. Gain Better Theoretical Knowledge by Enrolling in an MOOC

Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, have been gathering steam in the past few years, but they are still criminally underused. They are probably the best way to learn something new, because the quality of information they offer is superb, not to mention that a lot of them are put together by some of the most prestigious universities in the world. MIT offers high-quality courses with the same sort of materials that are used by their regular students, and there are plenty of online platforms which can help teach you how to code and build websites.

Writing is no exception. You can find courses which can teach you grammar, style, as well as proper composition, essay writing, key concepts of journalism, and plenty more. You may want to start to with the following two:

· English Grammar & Essay Writing – This course is put together by University of California, Berkeley. Even if you are feeling pretty confident about your writing chops, you will be surprised at how much you will be able to improve in terms of grammar and punctuation. It is also perfect if you are a college student or about to become one because you will learn how to write essays and other types of written academic assignments, which will certainly come in handy at some point.

· English Composition – Started by Arizona State University, this course will help you learn English composition over the course of 18 weeks, after which you will be more than ready to tackle even the most challenging writing assignments.

2. Gain Practical Experience

Of course, your theoretical knowledge will only take you so far. You need to hone your writing skills by gaining enough writing experience. Fortunately, doing that is fairly easy nowadays. Platforms like Blogger, WordPress, Medium, and other, enable you to start your own blog for little or no money.

You can publish you work for others to see, and receive valuable feedback about your work. You can also get in touch with fellow bloggers and see what they are doing in order to make their content better and to reach out to more people. Guest posting is also a great option, which can expose your writing to an entirely different audience.

Another way in which you can improve your writing is through freelance writing. Platforms like Upwork, Freelancer, Fivver, and plenty of others, connect writers with clients which are in need of well-written content for their websites, blogs, or marketing campaigns. If you are first starting out, you should focus on completing smaller projects. 

Some writers which have been in business for a while have managed to turn their writing hobby into a full-fledged career while maintaining a healthy balance between their personal and professional life. But, even if you don’t choose to become a freelancer, it will still be a valuable experience, and you will learn how to work with clients, improve your writing, and stick to deadlines.

3. Use Writing Tools and Apps

Grammarly - Probably the closest thing there is to a human proofreader. It will pick up most of the grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors, and provide you with a correct suggestion. It also integrates easily with Microsoft Word and your browser, which is an added bonus.

EduGeeksClub.com - working with professional writers and editors can be a valuable experience, as they can provide you with practical tips and guidelines on how to improve your writing.

Hemingway App - This app is designed to make your writing more concise direct, and clean. It highlights all the places where you have used cliched and redundant phrases. 

Calmly Writer - Calmly Writer represents an efficient alternative to your usual word processor. It is equipped with the most basic writing and formatting tools, which will really help you focus on your writing and nothing else, instead of getting distracted with dozens of differents palettes which you wind up not using anyway.

Gingko - Gingko is an app which is perfect for larger and more complex writing projects, such as scientific papers and books. It has everything you would ever need for organizing your ideas, thoughts, notes, creating outlines, cards, and plenty of other things.

Conclusion

This short, but effective guide should help you navigate the world of writing. Once you have enhanced your writing abilities, you will be able to use them in a multitude of different situations and benefit from them personally and professionally.

Good luck!

Short Bio

Antonio is a hopeless optimist who enjoys basking in the world's brightest colors. He loves biking to distant places and occasionally he gets lost. When not doing that he's blogging and teaching ESL. He will be happy to meet you on Facebook and Twitter.
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