Teaching writing is not only the job of the English department alone.
Although some people try to find the science in itwriting is really an art. Which means it's hard to study precisely, and it's hard for us to know exactly what we can do to get better at it.
But most great writers agree there are two main ways to become a better writer: I could talk about both of these things all day, but today I'll focus on writing. The more often you write, the more you train your writing "muscle". Knowing this, I wondered whether I could find short exercises to keep me writing in-between working on blog posts like this one.
On my days off I like to read a lot and not write much, but if an extra 10 minutes of writing every day could improve my work I'd be happy to put in that little bit of effort.
I searched online for writing exercises to try but I found they all seemed to relate to creative writing and fiction.
I didn't want to write about a time I felt sad, or one of my hobbies, or a family member. Those exercises make me feel like I'm in school most of them are designed for creative writing classes.
I wanted ways to improve my own style of non-fiction, research-based blogging, but nobody seems to be focusing on that. So I came up with some of my own exercises and tried them out over the past couple of weeks to see how well they worked.
I kept the exercises to 10 minutes max so I could easily fit one in every morning if I wanted to make them part of my daily routine.
I also sent them out to some of my favourite content writers to see how they fared. I asked each writer to pick as many exercises as they liked, test them out adjusting the instructions if neededand let me know what their experience was like.
At the bottom of this post I've included links to some writing prompt collections writing prompts are things like "where are you from? I'll mention in the exercise instructions when I think one of these tools will be particularly handy.
The idea is that you write without stopping—a stream-of-consciousness about whatever's on your mind. There's even a web app to help you stick to this goal called Words.
But words takes a lot longer than 10 minutes for most of us. That doesn't mean you shouldn't aim for words, but you might want to start with a minute exercise if you're short on time. Still, the idea of free writing can be beneficial.Improving Writing Skills: ELLs and the Joy of Writing.
By. Kristina Robertson. I do believe I have added quite a few writing activities to my bag of tricks and improved my ability to differentiate writing tasks based on student ability. Sharing your experience in helping learners improve writing skills seems informative and useful.
reading are activities designed for students to study composi tion, vocabulary, and spelling. Developing Writing Writing Skills Practice Book for EFL Patricia Wilcox Peterson Originally published in , Materials Development and Review Branch The English Language Programs Division.
To improve at essay writing, students often need a paradigm shift: to figure out exactly what isn’t working, and why, and to learn and apply a new way of doing things.
The good news, on the other hand, is that the individual skills required to write a strong essay are things you can learn, practise and improve . 10 minute writing workouts to improve your creativity, clarity, and storytelling skills.
To improve at essay writing, students often need a paradigm shift: to figure out exactly what isn’t working, and why, and to learn and apply a new way of doing things. The good news, on the other hand, is that the individual skills required to write a strong essay are things you can learn, practise and improve in.
Writing Worksheets and Printables. Of all the basic skills we learn, writing might very well be the most arduous. Believe it or not, though, there are tools available that can turn the writing process from painful to joyful.