You may not consider yourself a writer. Maybe you’re a musician, a visual artist, a programmer, a small business owner – something that has nothing to do with writing or storytelling.
But let me tell you something – if you’re an entrepreneur or independent creative, then you’re a writer. Or at least you need to be a writer. Even if you have employees or other people who help you with your business, at some point, you’ve got to do some writing. Emails to clients, social media posts, blog entries, content for your website or newsletter – hey, it’s all writing!
So how do you become a great writer? Even if your life goal isn’t to become the next Shakespeare, as a creative entrepreneur, you need to communicate well with your clients and your audience. Good communication takes good writing.
Here are a couple of quick tips to help you improve your writing right away:
I’ve heard it said that writers are readers. No, you don’t have to wade through all those 19th century classics that you struggled with in high school (unless you want to!) Find some current and credible publications in your industry that you can read. If you run a cafe, read some well-written foodie blogs. If you’re selling your photography, subscribe to photography journals and study the content – both the articles and the ads. And of course if you’re writing novels or poetry or songs, then read a lot of novels or poetry or songs! Studying great writers and great communications can help you learn and adapt your own writing style.
2. Take a Writing Class
No, you don’t have to go back to college full-time and get an English degree. But if your local community college offers English or writing classes, sign up for one. You can also probably find classes and workshops at the library, continuing or adult education centers, or even online. It’s never too late to learn more about how to communicate through writing!
For more details and insights into becoming a great writer, check out this video below!
Gabby is a digital media enthusiast from California who also has a deep passion for music. She currently works for Helps2Media as CEO. When she’s not being social, she’s creating music with her current music project.