I truly believe everyone can write, or write at least something. What makes a great writer? Is it the atmosphere they create? Is it the way they whisk you away to another world? Is it how they evoke emotions within their readers, or make them laugh out loud?
Whatever it is, there are elements that can make us bad writers, even if we’re the only people that think so.
As a writer, spelling and grammar are high on the list. Believe it or not, Jane Austen wasn’t brilliant at using the correct versions of words in her texts and was picked up on the singular use of the word “their”, which seemed to have been used in a different context back then. Not that I’m getting into the science of that particular word, but most people know the difference between “there”, “their” and “they’re”.
I find some things that will affect a writers capabilities are:
Tiredness. Lack of sleep can really affect your attention, make sure you are always fresh before you start to write, if you’re tired you will end up making silly mistakes.
Boredom. If you are not enjoying your work it is quite difficult to get on and complete it, thus again making silly mistake, take a break, then come back to the work.
Time. Rushing a piece of work, as most of us know, will end in tears. Take your time, set out the structure and write at a good pace.
Proof reading. I’m hoping all writers do this, but if you don’t and are chancing it, it might come back in your face. Another way to get around this is to get someone else to read your work. Check it, check it and check it again. If you are using a programme to check, some will not pick up on the difference between “their” and “there”, so be careful.
There are many elements that can affect your writing, but with these tips you should be able to approach work with a fresh attitude.