Free ways to improve your writing skills

(NC) Many of us could stand to polish our writing. Whether it’s to craft more professional emails at work, help your kids with their English homework, or finally start that blog or novel, here are some free and easy ways to upgrade your writing skills.

Read, read, read. The most enjoyable way to become a better writer is to read more. You don’t even have to limit yourself to Pulitzer Prize winners for reading to be rewarding: fiction, non-fiction and even mystery and romance — you can learn something from almost any genre. Join a book club to get started, or swap books with co-workers to get out of your comfort zone and try something new.

Try online resources. The internet can be a great educational tool if you know where to look. One standout spot is the Language Portal of Canada, a free website from Public Services and Procurement Canada that has tips, quizzes and guides to help you with clear communication, syntax and more. You can learn when to use a comma, whether to write out a number or not, and even how to incorporate more inclusive language in your writing.

Practise your editing. Sometimes it can be hard to be objective and see the mistakes in your own writing. One way to get past this is by editing work written by someone else – it could be your co-worker, friend or relative. This can help you spot common mistakes and find ways to structure sentences better or say things more clearly – lessons you can then apply to your own writing.

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