American poet, essayist, and short story writer Jeffery Renard Allen were born in Chicago in 1962. Two collections of poetry, Harbors, and Spirits (1999) and Stellar Places (7(2007)), are his works. Three fiction pieces, Rails Under My Back (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000), a storybook Holding Pattern (Graywolf Press, 2008), and Song of the Shank (Graywolf Press, 2014.), are also his. Reviewers frequently note his poetic language and playful use of form when writing about his fiction. His poetry is more about music, mythology, and history than narrative or personal experiences.
Be a great writer.
With some practice and guidance, anyone can improve their writing skills. Here are some tips to help improve your writing skills.
- Specific goals
Before you start writing, you should have an objective. The purpose of your presentation or report should be clear. Some types of writing are meant to persuade, while others seek to communicate information. Writing with a clear purpose will allow you to stay on the topic.
- Use simple, concise language.
Communication is essential in many industries. Avoid using unnecessary words and sentences before you send an email or submit a report. Repeating the same information or adding too many adjectives can distract your readers and reduce your message’s impact. Try simplifying your message if you are using technical jargon or complex vocabulary.
- Always read
Reading often is the best way to improve your grammar and vocabulary. You will find well-written essays, books, and articles you enjoy reading. Spend time reading well-written books and articles to learn from them. This will make it easier for you to imitate their style, grammar, and tone.
- Take note
You will often need to take notes at work. You can quickly and efficiently reformat information from any source, whether a meeting or a written report. You may also find it helpful to keep a notepad or a whiteboard handy when brainstorming ideas for a new project. Writing down keywords or bullet lists can help you organize your thoughts and ideas before you start writing.
- Practice, practice, and practice
Practice is the key to real improvement in writing. Writing becomes easier the more you write. You will develop your style and writing process as you write more. Every day, make sure to take the time to write. Writing daily will improve your writing skills, even if it’s a brief journal entry, status update, or conversation email.