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How to be a better writer

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I've really wanted to improve my writing and creative skills, but have no idea where to start. It's not because I want to BECOME a writer or join the industry; my skills are just very lackluster and I don't have the creativity to be able to write something interesting. I don't have any wit to speak of either, and that bugs me a lot. It's something I hope to remedy with some good writing skills. Where do I go to learn about the techniques that I should be aware of? Should I be reading more books?? On the topic of creativity, should I expose myself to a lot of different shit? Just go e-exploring for all kinds of things and find inspiration through that? What should I do??

Like, it took a good 20 minutes and frequent revisions to write the above paragraph and articulate myself properly, and even then it doesn't get my point across the way I thought it did. It's awful.

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Bump. I'm going to bed now, so I'll read any replies in 6 hours or so.
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1. Learn grammar.
2. Read a lot. (News, books) - Whatever
3. Analyze styles.
4. Write a lot while using perfect grammar.
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Let your thoughts and imagination run wild and write down the ideas, no matter how crazy or stupid they may seem.
When you feel lost, listen to some music, watch a movie or play a video game or something for some inspiration.
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Alright, I'm up.

>>16537721
>1. Learn grammar.
Do you know of a good place to learn this from? I'd google it but instinct tells me the results of such a vague search would be filled with nothing but shit. Also, the "Analyze styles" bit interests me. Care to elaborate?

>>16537760
So, just write anything? I mean, I do that a lot (here) and it hasn't really benefited me over the years. Do you mean something more formal, like an actual story?
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>>16538701
> Care to elaborate?
Read "East, Shoots, and Leaves"

>just write anything
YES
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>>16538730
fuck
*Eats, Shoots & Leaves
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>>16538730
>>16538737
From what little I've seen about this book, I'm not too keen on reading it. Seems like it's just "boo hoo people are using txtspk and I don't like it" drawn out for a few hundred pages. I'm more interested in looking for a primer to get me up to speed with what is and isn't correct, as I already feel fairly comfortable with grammar overall, and have some grammar nazi tendencies as it is.
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>>16538799
You used two exclamation points in an OP about writing "well"

You are a TERRIBLE grammar Nazi
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>>16538737
>Book on punctuation
>No Oxford comma
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>>16538808
You mean those double-question marks? I just put them there to exaggerate what I was saying, to convey PANIC.
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One last bump for the sake of it then I'll let this thread die.
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