Sir John Dalberg-Acton, 8th Baron highlighted the importance of writing when he said, “Learn as much by writing as by reading.” The ability of expressing oneself and effectively communicating with others in written words is an essential skill that is required in every aspect of life from education to employment opportunities and from professional life to social life. Writing is the best way to articulate your own emotions and unique thoughts yourself since no one else can do it for you. Besides being vital for any kind of academic and professional achievements, it enables us to discover our own self, gives us a sense of satisfaction and completion and has the ability to influence our perception of the world and change lives, not only of others but your own as well.
Writing can be escape from reality as well as a means of understanding and exploring reality. The process of writing helps us in learning as we proceed. The best way to improve your writing skills is by reading.
Reading the works of others provides inspiration, improves vocabulary and broadens the horizons of our imagination besides giving us information. The everyday world around us is a brilliant souce for writing ideas but instead of merely seeing, we need to observe it in order to capture them. Plan and organise your ideas before you begin to write. A crisp and meticulous presentation of ideas and arguments is preferred to a vague description. Always remember to write what you mean and avoid plagiarising the works of others without citing the sources. For professional writers revision, editing and proofreading are the three most important steps of the process of writing in order to make their work worthy of publishing.
The fundamental writing skill is to write from the heart since original composition is something that comes naturally and not from studying. Bad writing almost always precedes good writing but the more you strive, the more natural you become at it because success comes only through continous effort and struggle. As Louis L’Amour said, “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”