Do you panic when putting pen to paper? Do you think it’s impossible to come up with clever, descriptive words? If you feel these questions speak directly to you, take heart. There are a number of resources out there to help you find sharper words and become a better writer.
Good writing skills can be learned. I recommend a couple of books you can find at your local library. The first is probably the most popular book on writing ever produced, The Elements of Style, written by William Strunk and E.B. White. You may recognize White from other books he penned, including Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little. The book has fewer than 90 pages, making it a quick read. Don’t let the small size fool you. The authors pack an abundance of tips into this book, including help with grammar and writing style.
The second book I recommend is Wlliam Zinsser’s On Writing Well. The book’s focus is non-fiction writing and it’s a gem. It provides general tips and has sections for many genres of non-fiction. Both of these books will help tighten your writing.
If you also struggle with finding fun, descriptive words to pepper your prose, make a thesaurus your friend. In our electronic age, having an actual book is unnecessary. There are a number of online thesaurus resources to help you. I use http://www.thesaurus.com when searching for better words.
I mentioned grammar in The Elements of Style. If you lack confidence in your handling of grammar, there are also a number of online resources ready to serve you. You can Google any question you have and will likely find a helpful answer. I also refer to the Grammar Girl website, http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/, with some of my questions.
Writing can be a dreadful chore, but if you make the effort and use the resources available to you, you might find the job a little less painful.