People Are Born With The Ability To Write, But Anyone Can Learn How To Improve

Friday, May 24, 2013 13:48
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People Are Born With The Ability To Write, But Anyone Can Learn How To Improve

A person’s ability to write exceptionally well usually is innate. This doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t learn to improve your writing ability. A person’s ability to run exceptionally fast also is inborn, but runners can improve their foot speed by learning the techniques of running. The same is true for writers and would-be writers – they can improve their writing skills by utilizing better techniques.

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How can they do this? The answer, my friend, is found in the classroom. Traditionally, college and university campuses have been the mainstay of writing classes. Private tutors, such as professional editors and writers, also have played a role. But in today’s digital age, the largest classroom of all is found on the Internet.

Search Google for free writing classes and you’ll get 148 million results. Two of the best are 10 Universities Offering Free Writing Courses Online and 10 Amazing Free Online Writing Courses. But you are the judge. Look for what may intrigue you.

First, however, let’s talk about self-education. People who can speak well already have a leg up on better writing. The late Christopher Hitchens, a highly acclaimed author of numerous books, including three international best-sellers, taught writing. He always opened his classes by stating “that anybody who could talk could also write.” He also noted that Henry James and Joseph Conrad “actually dictated their later novels.” Quite a feat, when you think about it.

So, what’s the difference between people who can speak well and those who can’t? As in a good marriage, communication is the key. The two best ways to communicate are the spoken word and the written word. If you speak well, you are able to write well, simple as that.
 
Here’s one way to improve your writing. Imagine that you are going to explain to a client where, why, and how you’re going to invest her money. Select the type of client (age, income bracket, etc.) you are going to address.
 
Record what you say, and then play it back. Listen carefully; were your words easy to understand and, most importantly, did they convey your message? If not, change the way you say things, and record it again. Keep doing this until you’re satisfied it’s the best you can do.
 
Finally, take your recording to your office and play it for a colleague. If he has a question about clarity or accuracy, change it again until you get it just right.
 
A financial advisor who can write well has a leg up on one who can’t.
 

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