1. Keep All of your Writing in One Place
Buy a notebook or journal or start an electronic journal. By keeping your writing all in the same place, you will be able to see how much you are improving and keep it organized.
2. Practice Writing in English Daily
The importance of writing daily is that you start to create a new habit. Writing every day in English will soon become natural and something you look forward to. You will not see a significant improvement if you are not dedicated to becoming a better writer in English. You cannot create awesome stories and papers if you never try.
3. Pick a Topic and WRITE!
Don’t get stuck on figuring out what to write about. You can write about anything. You can write about what you do, things you hear or see, news, or make up a story. If you do get stuck, use some of English Tonight’s writing prompts to help you get
Correct use of hyphen
Hyphens are the short lines that we put between the words in expressions like ex-boyfriend and non-alignment.
The hyphen is used in two-part adjectives when the second part ends in -ed or -ing.
I met a nice-looking girl.
He is the blue-eyed boy of the minister.
Other two-part adjectives which express the sense of ‘between’ are often hyphenated.
blue-green (= between blue and green)
The Anglo-French war
Phrases used as adjectives
Longer phrases used as adjectives in the attributive position (before a noun) are often hyphenated.
He is an out-of-work lawyer. (Here the phrase out of work is hyphenated because it is used in the attributive position.)
He is out of work. (Here the phrase out of work is not hyphenated because it is used in the predicative (after a verb) position.)
In British English, two-word compound nouns are usually hyphenated, especially when the main stress is on the first word.
A ‘paper-shop (Here the stress is on the first word.)
A paper bag’ (Here the stress is on the second word.)
The prefixes co-, non- and ex- are sometimes separated from the following word by hyphens.
The hyphen is also used to separate the parts of a long word at the end of a printed or written line.
Are hyphens disappearing?
Hyphens have started disappearing partly because the rules are complicated and usage not very clear. Many common short compound words are now written with no division between the words. Examples are: takeover, and wideawake. Longer compounds are now written as completely different words. Examples are: bus conductor, living room etc.
If you are not sure whether to use a hyphen or not, the best thing to do is to write the words without a hyphen.
Rfter you take a break and work on a second or third draft. When you revise (or rewrite) your work you are often able to get your message across more clearly. You make think of things that you did not think to write in the first draft and you can add it in a later draft.
5. Use Online Resources to Correct your Grammar
Yes, grammar is a pain. You don’t need to know everything about English grammar. Use online resources, such as Grammarly, GrammarCheck or GrammarBook.com to help you answer a grammar question when it comes up. You could also switch the spell and grammar check on MS Word, your iPad or Google Doc to check your spelling and grammar in English.
6. Think Outside the Box (or Lines)
Don’t write about the same thing every day or you will get bored. Try writing the same story from different perspectives or different tenses. If you are writing a story about a baby that won’t stop crying; first, it could be the mother telling the story; then from the perspective of the baby. Or you could write it in present moment…. ‘My baby hasn’t stopped crying in five days…’ and then write in the perspective of a pregnant woman that is thinking about having a baby that won’t stop crying. Don’t write about topics in the obvious way. Be creative!
7. Have a Friend Edit Your Writing
Have a friend that knows English correct or edit your work. Having another person read your work helps generate more ideas to better your writing. You could have them edit everything or just a part that you are stuck on. Often having another set of eyes look at your writing helps find mistakes that you have overlooked.
8. Find the Best Place for You to Write
You should try writing in different places or at different times of the day. Maybe you have writer’s block at night; try getting up 15 minutes earlier and writing in the morning. Maybe you have trouble writing where there is a lot of noise; try writing in a quiet and comfortable place. Experiment in finding the right (or write?) environment for you to write.
Writing is a process; the more you work on your writing the better it (and you) will get.
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