5 Tips from Literary Greats to Improve your Students’ Writing Skills…
…and make your job a little easier!
No matter what level your students are writing at, advice from a literary great is always welcome; after all, it’s comforting to know that even the revered and the famous struggle with the craft. We hope the advice below will offer some perspective, as well as a few suggestions for getting that next piece of writing started or finished!
It may sound obvious, but this is a great place to start. Soaking up the style and mechanics of others will help any aspiring writer to find their own voice. This doesn’t mean reading just bestsellers or classical masterpieces however, because inspiration is everywhere; expose yourself to a variety of styles, voices and forms of writing.
Getting started can be the hardest part of writing, so flex your brain muscles first; no-one wants to sit and stare at a blank screen waiting for inspiration. Start with something simple: select an object on your desk and write about it for 2 minutes.
Hemingway famously wrote 47 endings to A Farewell to Arms. He described this as “getting the words right”. So instead of constantly deleting, editing, and breaking your writing “flow”, focus on getting ideas down on the page in the first draft. There are lots of ways to do this. An app like Rough Draft will encourage students to stop deleting, start writing and focus on ideas.
Finding the perfect space to write is a challenge almost as difficult as writing itself. Find somewhere you can be alone with your thoughts, and treasure it. Discover what you need to do to remove distractions: No Facebook? No Twitter? No WhatsApp? Then do it.
Feel confident reading your work aloud, whether to yourself or others. Most people have far more experience speaking and listening to English than reading or editing. You may hear problems you can’t see.
Sometimes the simplest steps are the hardest, but also the most beneficial. Encourage your students to constantly rethink their writing process and they’ll reap the benefits.
We made Rough Draft to help with the drafting process and encourage writing “flow”. Try it for free below and discover how it can help your students:
92% OF WRITERS FEEL THAT DELETING TOO MUCH HOLDS THEM BACK WHEN WRITING FIRST DRAFTS