Need to Improve how you Write?

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 19th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/20xxusuz/
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Do you need some assistance improving your writing skills? Truth is there are many people who submit pieces everyday on Wikinut that need to improve their writing skills - it is something I spend a little time doing each and every day and in truth there is always something more we can learn and once we learn it we should look to apply that skill.

A Recent Invitation

I was recently invited to contribute to an ongoing writing blog - the principle being how to help writers improve their skill, because one thing I enjoy very, very much is writing about writing skills. For a long time it has been a personal goal to improve every skill associated with writing, and of course I have always lived by the principle that when you learn something, not only should you use that skill but you should also pass it on to others - the reason I have been writing about writing.

The goal today is to help others start to improve.

The Need For Improvement

I look to moderate a minimum of ten submission per day here on Wikinut, but it surprises me how many submissions I reject because of poor application of the English language and in truth many of these submissions come from writers based in the UK, USA, and other native English speaking countries, there have been some occasions where I have rejected ten items in one day for bad language usage, so there is a clear need for improvement on almost any site where people wish to publish material they create.

Today I offer information about three sites that may provide some assistance in improving your writing, and in truth any writer should be able to benefit from the advice given.

2 Drops of Ink

2 Drops of Ink was created by Scott Biddulph the idea being to have a blog about writing, grammar, poetry, and prose, at the time of writing some of the recent posts have covered the following topics:

  • Your motivation for writing
  • Whether the writing is effective
  • The psychology of writing
  • Using pictures and images to improve presentation
  • Improving sentence formation

Scott Biddulph, a published poet, is a graduate of North Georgia University and published an eBook entitled "Apples of Gold" in 2010, He is joined by four other writers who also make regular contributions, Marilyn L. Davis, Peter Giblett, Lydia Oyetunji, and Lisa Edwards.

Articles are published most days and each writer simply has the desire to help others improve their approach to writing and each of us are enthusiasts of well-written on-line contributions. It does not matter how you use your writing, Lydia Oyetunji says, even a business administrator can improve their daily skills by understanding how to write better. The team's contribution is based on practical experience which then bring to you regularly, take a look.

Writing about Writing

The Writing about Writing blog is by Chris Brecheen, who states "My drug of choice is writing" and this site also has some regular guest writers who contribute on a variety of topics, including:

  • Word crimes
  • Rules of writing
  • Picking an e-publisher
  • Social media
  • 'Creepy guy' narratives

The site has a copiously placed tip jar, which is something that I believe more Blogs should have on them, it is a way of collecting some of the costs of running the site from the people that appreciate your work.

Brecheen jokes "The Writing About Writing compound is staffed several guest bloggers but also security specialists, janitors, cafeteria workers, evil clones, and even some weird guy on the third floor who has a thing about cheese. I mean a serious thing about cheese". This sense of humour sets the tone for the site, help people improve their writing but do so in a light hearted way.

Heart and Craft of Life Writing

The Heart and Craft of Life Writing blog is by Sharon Lippincott who admits to being hooked on all forms of life writing, especially memoir writing and journalling. She is a dedicated lifelong learner and believes in sharing her discoveries with others and does occasionally have guest writers. Recent contributions are about the following:

  • Dreams coming true
  • The rhythm of your story
  • Inner writing daemons
  • Writing about your sex life
  • Secrets about writing

The last of these is particularly interesting because I agree with much of the philosophy: writing is fun ~ it can be painful ~ Writing cab heal ~ it builds bonds ~ Writing great imagery adds colour and spice ~ it is 90% editing. whatever type of writing you indulge in there are some great tips here for your assistance.

One of the most popular topics for Wikinut writers is life experiences and this site is full of tips to help you write more powerfully.

Pictures and Images

The pictures used in this article...

  • Moving in by Green Street (royalty free image owned by the writer)
  • Notepad by wordblock
  • 2 Drops of Ink blog captured by Peter Giblett
  • WAW Blog captured by Peter Giblett
  • Heart and Craft of Life Writing captured by Peter Giblett

Also by Peter Giblett

Peter Giblett regularly publishes here on Wikinut and contributes a regular column on 2 Drops of Ink, a site dedicated to the improvement of writing, grammar, and prose and his own blog called GobbledeGoox. Recent works on Wikinut include:

Wikinut is great a place to share some of your own personal wisdom by adding a comment or becoming a writer, join Wikinut and write.

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2 Drops Of Ink, Bad Language Usage, Heart And Craft Of Life Writing, Writing About Writing, Writing Skills

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author avatar brendamarie
19th Jun 2015 (#)

Great article and a great help to all writers. I for one know, that I am not the best at grammar and everyone makes mistakes. I do my best and try to work on my skills daily.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
19th Jun 2015 (#)

Glad to be of service.

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author avatar vickylass
19th Jun 2015 (#)

One to keep in mind for sure. Actually, I´ll never get tired to say that editing is the most important part of the writing process and if in doubt, check on the dictionary. A writer should never have enough of them. Cheers!

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
19th Jun 2015 (#)

Vicky, I am happy to see you comment on this because I believe that you are one of the people that has been contributing here on Wikinut for some time but you still have a long way to improve in terms of English usage and could certainly benefit from looking at each of these writing sites.

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author avatar Shamarie
19th Jun 2015 (#)

This is very informative. Thank you, Peter!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
19th Jun 2015 (#)

Peter, excellent article as always. I try to learn from you every chance I get. I strive to produce great stories and I hope I'm improving as I continue along my writing path.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
20th Jun 2015 (#)

Nancy - I know that you are one of the people in this world that strives to learn something new every day.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
20th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you Peter for saying that. Your opinion is valued by me.

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author avatar Deepizzaguy
20th Jun 2015 (#)

I am looking for many ways to improve my writing skills. Your article sheds a lot of light on the subject.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
20th Jun 2015 (#)

I presented it, very much with that in mind. There are many sites that can assist and I wanted to review a few.

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author avatar akram saqib
20th Jun 2015 (#)

a rubbish that needs improvement too. what is new in this refuse basket? it needs improvement too!

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author avatar akram saqib
20th Jun 2015 (#)

all opinions a way to adulate the NUT

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
20th Jun 2015 (#)

My Saqib, Clearly you have an ongoing issue given that you have made made such comments on multiple articles. I will let you know that I am NOT employed by Wikinut and do not represent the company and my opinions ar my own. If I have rejected one of your submissions then I suggest that you look at the rejection note and discover what needs to be fixed, then set about making the appropriate changes.

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author avatar Ptrikha
20th Jun 2015 (#)

You have provided some great links and I will surely go through them whenever I have time. And writing effectively helps everywhere, even writing a good Resume, or even an official mail on tricky issues.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
20th Jun 2015 (#)

Sir, you are correct and I do thank you for your comment.

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author avatar Yvette van Niekerk
20th Jun 2015 (#)

Wow I have learned so much from your article, I so want to be a good to excellent writer one day. Great article, you are a blessing.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
20th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you.

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author avatar Retired
20th Jun 2015 (#)

One thing people don't do is read. To write well, you have to read a lot, it is just the way it is.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
20th Jun 2015 (#)

Mary, that is very true and one of the reasons I talked of the need for research in an earlier post.

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author avatar Retired
22nd Jun 2015 (#)

For anyone who wants to improve, tips like these are of great help. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
22nd Jun 2015 (#)

No problem

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks Peter for this informative article But I will check the links later.

Our learning never stops and we should improve all the time. I read my articles to make sure they make sense. Otherwise it is like imposing them on others Also when we have established a standard, we should try to maintain and improve on it. Whatever we do it should be worth the while - siva

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
22nd Jun 2015 (#)

You are right the learning never stops - as soon as you feel comfortable you should be uncomfortable as there is something else we need to learn.

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author avatar snerfu
23rd Jun 2015 (#)

Nice reading about writing and thanks for writing what you read.

One must make the effort to know the difference otherwise we would not know which way we were going.

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author avatar gowritells
24th Jun 2015 (#)

As a beginner, I need to improve a lot. And I notice your guidance is outstanding for beginners like me.Thanku for the links.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
24th Jun 2015 (#)

GoWritellis - no problem, enjoy.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
24th Jun 2015 (#)

This is so helpful. Thanks for sharing ~ Peter.


Truly our learning does not ever stop and we definitely need improvement techniques such as these.

Blessings.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
24th Jun 2015 (#)

Helen only death stops us learning and I do not plan on taking part in that activity.

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author avatar peachpurple
31st Jul 2015 (#)

I agree that writers who write qell read a lot, extremely a lot

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
31st Jul 2015 (#)

I have spent the day digging through books belonging to both my mother and grandfather and there is quite a collection - some I am looking forward to reading when I get back to Canada

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