Use a Writer’s Notebook
Writers improve their skills by writing every day. There are many opportunities to write daily. Some involve informal writing such as e-mailing, sending text messages, writing notes, or posting on online message boards and social-networking sites. Others involve more serious writing, such as taking notes while reading, answering questions, and jotting down ideas and observations for future writing.
Set up a Writer’s Notebook
Many writers use a notebook to record their writing. You can use a writer’s notebook for many daily writing activities:
- Write a daily journal entry about your thoughts and reflections.
- Write personal responses to books you read.
- Start and add to a list of words you might like to use in your writing.
- Jot down ideas and observations you might want to use for future writing projects.
You can also use a writer’s notebook for longer writing activities:
- Record possible topics for longer writing projects such as
- Gather and organize ideas for writing projects.
- Record notes and sources from any research you gather.
- Draft, revise, and edit writing projects.
Practice writing longer projects by clicking on the links above. Use your writer’s notebook as you prewrite and draft your piece of writing.