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Write this way, please.

When you think about it, writing is the one thing in English you don’t need any materials to do. All you need is a pen, a piece of paper and your imagination. So there is no excuse to practice it wherever and whenever you can. Here are some ways you can instantly improve your writing…

Practice makes perfect

It is a cliché but it really is true: practice does make perfect. If you are not dedicating at least 15 minutes a day to writing in English then you will not see quick benefits and progress. There are many different places for your writing but you don’t need to publish it. Why not keep a daily diary of your thoughts and feelings? The repetition of this will help you become a more natural writer and you will find that the speed and accuracy of your writing will improve rapidly. There is no excuse.

If you enjoy blogs, then start your own. There are dozens of websites that let you start a free blog. And you can write about ANYTHING. People will find it and start reading it, and some will surely find what you’re writing interesting.

If you enjoy fiction and novels, then write a story. Again, it doesn’t have to be a masterpiece. The important thing is that you’re practising, and you’re building your confidence.

If you enjoy prose and nonfiction, then why not research something in English and write about it? If you still go to school, you could do this for an assignment and then translate it to your native language before giving it to your teacher. Or you could share it on your blog.

Search for forums

There are so many different places that you can share your thoughts online. Do you have a favourite TV show? I guarantee you there is a forum or fan site where you can contribute articles or just communicate with other fans.

If you don’t know, a forum is basically an online discussion board. Like on italki or Duolingo, you can start a discussion and people will respond. Or you can find other interesting, popular discussions and give your opinion.

There are thousands of forums online for every topic. There are several just for English learners. Word Reference has a good one.

Do you like…

Biking? There’s a forum for that.

Rock climbing? There’s a forum for that.

Video games? There’s a forum for that.

Books? There’s a forum for that.

Just type in X Forum into Google (“X” being whatever you’re interested in).

This is a great way for you to write about things that interest you already, and discuss them with other people. If you’re proactive, you can even make friends with native English speakers who have similar interests as you.

With forums, the possibilities are endless.

Get commenting

If you enjoy videos on YouTube or Vimeo then there will definitely be a comment section that you can read and reply to (although be careful as there you may find some of the internet’s most angry people!)

Websites like Reddit have so many cool and interesting articles and media that you can interact with for hours. Reddit is a community of millions of people who like sharing and talking about all the different kind of things you see on the internet. Read through the comments and add your own thoughts about things. Just remember that it is the internet so don’t be shocked at what you might find!

Revise, learn, repeat

There are also so many useful tools on the internet to help you improve your writing. Whether it be writing a long comment about a funny video involving cats or a 5-page blog post about moving to Melbourne, be sure to check your writing with a proofreading website.

Grammarly.com is a great way to help you see where your writing can improve independently. Just write your comment/blog in the text box and when you are finished just have the program check your work. The great thing about Grammarly is that it will check your writing for grammatical errors as well as for spelling and it gives you suggestions to clean it up and help you see where you can improve.

Log on and give it a try as it’s free and it can fix any constant problems you may be having with your English.

So what are you waiting for? Writing is the simplest thing to start doing but the hardest skill to master. Like anything with learning though; the key ingredient is hard-work!