6 habits to improve your writing

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Writing is an activity that is part of our daily lives, whether to write down a reminder of what to bring from the market, to send an email with information about a project or even to finish a course conclusion work. It is inevitable that writing is present in our lives.

It turns out that sometimes we end up neglecting the way we write, whether on a sheet of paper or typing on cell phones and computers. To solve this problem, it is not enough to acquire bedroom furniture or office, such as a desk and an ergonomic chair, but actually invest in writing.

The good news is that, to do so, you don't need to be Machado de Assis or William Shakespeare. So today you will learn some very simple habits that will help improve your writing. The result is clearer, error-free communication.

Write well to communicate better

In an increasingly technological world, it is imperative that communication happens quickly and efficiently – keeping up with (or at least trying to keep up with) the pace offered by the internet, for example. The problem is that this speed can sometimes affect the quality of the message that is disseminated.

The result is that the content ends up being affected, generating doubts or, worse, preventing the message from being understood. This can be noticed when the text does not have the correct pronominal placement, when there are words written wrongly or even when the comma is not used as it should.

In this sense, paying attention to good writing is essential for communication, whether it be for professional or personal purposes, to happen more effectively and efficiently. Below are some examples of what to do to improve your writing.

Read more and always

Reading can be considered a true portal for those who want to expand and improve their vocabulary. Therefore, it is essential for anyone who wants to write better. Therefore, it is worth investing in the habit of reading daily, be it a book, newspaper, magazine or blog post. The main thing is not to stop reading.

Have a bedside book

Still thinking about reading, an interesting tip is to have a bedside book, that is, a work of your liking and that is always close to you. Reading a few pages every day will help you expand your vocabulary and grammar in an even more enjoyable way.

Study the New Spelling

In 2016, the so-called Orthographic Agreement of the Portuguese Language became effective throughout Brazil, creating significant changes in spelling and grammar – including accentuation and use of the hyphen, for example. For this very reason, it is interesting to study the New Orthography to eliminate possible errors in your text.

Avoid spellings and abbreviations

One of the most common errors when writing is to resort to orality and possible abbreviations used in everyday life. The general rule when writing is to always opt for the cultured norm of the language. When in doubt, consult the grammar and the dictionary.

Write as much as you can

It's no use wanting to write well without practicing, so write as much as you can. You can even see this task as a meditative process, for example, if you create a journal of thoughts; or even create a personal blog. The choice is yours, but be sure to practice whenever possible.

Read what you wrote out loud

At the end of any and all writing, it is important to check that everything is in compliance. The tip is to read the written text aloud, in order to reveal possible flaws, lack or excess of punctuation and even a small error in Portuguese.

With all these tips, you will be able to write with much more security and peace of mind.