I was talking to one of my friends, she works in a corporate organization. She was asked by her manager that she needs to improve writing and reading skills. She is new at her workplace and feels inferiority complex with her colleagues due to the inefficiency of this skill.
After talking to her, I realized it is so difficult for people who are new to the workplace (corporate offices) or the tenured employees if they are facing challenges with Reading and Writing as a Skill and need to improve. So I decided to write for the benefit of my friend and more people who are facing the same issue.
I’m listening 5 Powerful ways that will enhance your Reading and Writing Skills. We will focus on both aspects one by one.
How to develop your reading skills and be able to comprehend well, sounds like you? Don’t worry I have got your covered. Reading and Comprehension can be defined as “how much you can understand, what you read.”
Make time in your schedule:
Reading is one of my favorite activities, it immediately gives me more focus and helps me to set some time out of my schedule. You must be able to read and comprehend the sentences that you read every day. You can spend at least 20 minutes to 30 minutes of reading. See how easy it is to make it a ritual. Give it a try!
Read good content:
You need to read good content, for beginners, it will be easy to understand. Pick simple language books which will help you to have a good grasp of vocabulary and at the same time improve your comprehension. Here’s a quick list for 5 good content to read and I hope you will enjoy it!
|1. The Long Walk by Richard Bachman|
|2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hossein|
|3. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom|
|4. A Man Called Ove by Fedrick Backman|
|5. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho|
Reading expands thinking:
One of the primary reasons stated by Science about reading and its benefits is it improves your brain functions.
“A growing body of research indicates that reading literally changes your mind. Using MRI scans, researchers have confirmed that reading involves a complex network of circuits and signals in the brain. As your reading ability matures, those networks also get stronger and more sophisticated.” Oct 15, 2019by Healthline
You now have all the reasons to start reading, it is healthy and gets your brain stronger! Bang on, let’s read.
Writing helps you to process the information in the mind of meaning every day. For a writer, it is an art of putting thoughts into words. Now you know why my website is artofthoughtsandwords.com 🙂 That way reading helps you to expand your thought process, writing helps you to reflect on your thoughts. It is an easy way to crystalize the thoughts and give it a structure. Writing every day helps you to write better.
Let’s look at two important elements of writing well.
Grammar play’s an important role in writing. Writing using good grammar has a greater impact on the readers. If Grammar is incorrect the complete meaning of the message can change and it can become a negative messaging.
Correct usage of punctuations, spellings, and choice of words plays a crucial role. I had read one of the books “Read to learn” and “write to learn,” if the crux of this statement is understood correctly, it makes a lot of sense, by reading and writing it helps you to learn and improve. I cannot emphasize the importance of building a decent vocabulary and learning new words every day.
I have come across few people, they have an excellent vocabulary and decent thought process. I’m thrilled to see the way they give structure to the message. This gives me an understanding that providing a good sentence structure and being able to break your thought process for a message/information is a good practice. Important points to keep in mind on structure:
Imagine a sentence as a way to express the rhythmic thoughts and expressions of the writer, this allows the reader to understand the expression on what has been written.
- The sentence should have the purpose/idea or objective of the topic at the beginning of the message
- Sentences should flow together. The connection between sentences shows how they are related to each other
- Select the right choice of words which will have a better meaning to the sentences and the overall message
- Keep sentences short and simple, do not have vague messages
- In one paragraph target at having 4 to 5 sentences
- Try to use more lists, bullet points to make the information readable and (bonus) it gives a good structure!
Remember the points mentioned above, reading and writing are two different exercises which improve and enhance your skills. My suggestion here would be to spend at least 20 minutes reading and 40 minutes writing. Practice, practice, and practice. To develop both Reading and Writing, you must be able to spend time and focus on practicing every day. Put it up on your calendar, mark it as a morning ritual, or a daily practice. Make it a part of your schedule, it will do wonders to your skills.
Adding some more inspiration for you to get started!
If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.– Stephen King
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”– Benjamin Franklin
“Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”– William Faulkner
“You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.”– Annie Proulx
These quotes have inspired me all the time to read and write and improve my skills and I’m sharing these to help you all 🙂 All the best everyone! Start reading and writing today.
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