How did you become good writer and reader?
Both simply take practice.
As for reading, read what you ENJOY.
Think about what you like.
What kind of movies or tv shows do you like? What do you want to be when you grow up? Do you like sports or maybe are you interested in a famous historical figure?
Any subject you like in regular life, there are books about.
If you saw an awesome movie, let’s say Gone Girl or Harry Potter, you could either read the original book and see what you think since you already like the story, or read something in same genre, but a different story.
If you love baseball, read books about baseball.
If you loved Interstellar or The Martian, read scifi.
If you love mysteries or puzzles, check out David Baldacci.
Anything you can think of, any genre, any story topic or type, you can read about.
And if you read about stuff you like, then you won’t find it a chore, you’ll just enjoy it.
My favorite is to read at night in bed and in the car when we’re driving somewhere.
Also, if you like listening to podcasts, you may prefer books on tape (audiobooks).
If so, pick a topic you like and borrow an audio book from the library or use the Audible app.
For writing, here are a few ways to improve writing skills and exercises you can do to continue to practice.
If you are looking to improve nonfiction writing skills, one way to do this is to start a blog.
You’ll write often and if you gain a following, they will often ask for additional information or clarifying questions, which will show you where you can improve.
Another way to improve nonfiction writing skills is to attempt to write a book.
You must cultivate an interest in a few topics and read whenever you can.
Choose good authors who have a simple lucid style of writing.
Do not be impatient while reading and do not skip pages.
If you make a wise choice of books this can be avoided.
Read for yourself and not to impress others by throwing in a few words in the course of conversation.
You need depth of study to achieve depth in writing.
Read books of the same author and if the author has a classic style there can be nothing better.
You would unconsciously imbibe that good style.
While you write , use simple words and be direct.
You let the picture unfold before the eyes of the reader.
This is what is known as ‘ show’ instead of ‘
I can't imagine how many times this has been said, but it cannot be overstated: practice.
I didn't become an avid reader until I was in my teens when I retreated from the playground.
Once I started I couldn't stop, and my parents' wallets couldn't keep up (yeah, I'm one of those people who has to own her books– it's a problem).
I began to realize I was a fairly good writer in high school, when writing started to matter most.
But I can directly attribute my affinity towards writing to my love of reading.
Reading, even careless reading when you don't look up words you don't know and chug through, expands your vocabulary and understanding of how organization and diction contribute to content.
Once you have read enough, you will begin to read things and think to yourself "this could have been done better".
I was never really "taught" how to write well, aside from the whole, sad, "attention catcher and thesis in intro, supporting paragraphs, conclusion" formula.
The feedback I receive from my professors is certainly helpful, but mostly by practicing my writing, seeing what worked best for me, and reading exemplary writing have I ever experienced visible improvement in my own writing.
To be a good reader you must:
To be a good writer you must:
Hope this helps you
I discovered that I loved novels when I was about 9 years old.
My parents were thrilled and started to give me books as presents-It didn't matter whether I was reading Harry Potter or A Little Princess as long as I had a book in my hands.
With time and practice I became a better reader.
The harder the text was, the better I became.
Difficult academic texts will expand your vocabulary, but if you can't bring yourself to read them then what's the point? Find a reason to read.
Through reading I also learned how to write.
I started writing fiction in middle school and never stopped.
My first few stories were fun but frustrating because the words on the page didn't match what was in my head, but I got better with time and practice.
They helped me to gain a better understanding of grammer – most of my knowledge was picked up over time by reading and writing for fun.
I'm not the greatest writer, and I know that I still have a lot to learn, but I have improved over the years because I have turned reading and writing into something fun and continued to practice.
Everyone in my family is a reader, be it my mom, my grand mother, my aunts,my uncles, my sister.
I don't know single person in my family who's doesn't read.
So of course I was going to pick that habit up.
My mom being a reader herself made sure, me and my sister are always surrounded by books.
I remember she use to get us comics, champak and twinkle issues subscribed for us.
We had to finish them in less than a weeks time.
We were always surrounded by books no matter what.
Even when we were traveling, my mom use to keep some reading articles in the bag.
When it comes to writing, I am dead sure not a writer, it's more like random scribbling.
The very first time I did that, was for my ex.
As I couldn't say whatever I wanted to him, and I guess he always felt, I don't tell him what exactly I feel.
We were going to really hard time, and the thought of not having him around for rest of my life scared the hell out of me.
So one night I just emailed him everything he needed me to say.
Which sort of worked in my favour, as next day he came at my place with a big bouquet of flowers and the biggest smile I have ever seen on his face.
Since than he has pushed me a lot to write often, but I never took him seriously.
Now 95% of my written work is hidden somewhere in my laptop.
The best way to become a better writer is to first read.
Most writers are avid readers.
I have always liked to read and enjoy it today.
I do believe you can learn to write and certainly improve your writing skills through practice.
Practice, practice, practice!!
You can shorten the learning curve through formal training and education as well.
Another way to improve your writing skills is to have someone edit your work.
Through this editing process, you as the writer will see the common mistakes you make and correct them when you write in the future.
There is no magic in it, though I think it helps if you are pre-disposed to reading and writing (which go hand in hand).
Not everyone wants to write.
And simply wanting to do it doesn't make you good at it.
I think you are either inclined or you are not, and those who are inclined get better with practice.
There is a romantic notion about writing and I'm not sure where that comes from.
It's really hard work, and is often frustrating as hell.
There has to be a deep love under everything to inspire writers to keep going, to start over, to try again.
But there is not great secret to it.
You either do it and hopefully get better with practice, or you find something else to do.
I seen most of my development with reading first and then my writing.
As i read more, I pick up grammatical structures, tenses, and set ups for stories.
Reading was the first block that built smaller ones for me.
The writing part was a bit different.
The writing came with being recursive and deciding what, how, and if change was necessary.
I don't want to sound like a scratched record, but you have to read more than you write.
But don't just read.
Ask yourself questions like, "Why did they choose to write like this? What is being said? how did they build this? what parts of this did i like? how can i have this in my writing?" These questions will elevate your game.
Samuel Johnson once said anyone can be a writer if they work at it 'doggedly' and I think there's a great truth in that.
Read your work back over.
Read your work aloud.
Read your work to other people (but select carefully, don't ruin a friendship! find someone with similar tastes to you who will give good advice.
Remember that every book in the world has a bad review out there somewhere, and look for a variety of opinions).
Read read read and write write write!
difficult question because it assumes that I'm good.
But given that, I'd say that all talent is driven by desire and commitment.
You want to be a good writer, so you start writing.
If you have any taste at all, you conclude that your stuff isn't very good (how could it be? you're just getting started), but this doesn't stop you.
Your desire drives you to keep at it — you commit.
same for reading
Read a lot.
Good books, not genre books like romances or mysteries, unless that is mostly what you like.
Take a paragraph that you think is good from something that you read and write something in that style but of your own words.
Analyze the story of something you read, and come up with your own story based on its structure.
If you are having problems with basic reading and writing, then you should take a literacy course.
In a lot of cities, they offer those for free, usually through the public library.
Imho, inculcating a daily routine where in you do both.
Nothing excessive, but at least a minimum of 5 pages and 200 words (a very minute amount).
Regularity is key.
Start with topics you like and those that you yourself are familiar with.