Writers are always looking for ways to improve their writing. I’ve read a lot of books, and even taken a few courses to help improve my writing. These have all helped, but one tactic I’ve found that’s worked for me lately is to write shorter pieces. If you’re a blogger, try writing a product description. If you’re a journalist who usually writes feature-length pieces, try writing a press release.
There are certain topics I could go on all day about — writing, business (especially topics related to working from home or working remotely), health, and basically any goal I’m working towards. But ask me to write something that requires me to give a lot of information in a few words, and I have a hard time doing it.
How I Started Writing Shorter
Recently, I signed up at the website Metro — it looked interesting, and like it might be a good way to challenge myself. The first part of the process was that I had to give some basic information and take a writing test. The test required me to write a few short product descriptions.
It took me two or three tries, but I finally passed the test. Since then, I’ve only written a few product descriptions, mostly because I’ve been keeping myself busy with other work.
How Has Writing Shorter Helped me Improve as a Writer?
It’s forced me to become more succinct. I still use way too many words to say what I’m trying to say, but I’m going back and taking out the wordiness before I hit “publish.”
If you absolutely hate writing product descriptions, or if you’re more of a creative writer, try something different. If you’re a creative writer and you like poetry, for example, you could write haiku. If you prefer to write fiction stories, you might try writing shorter fiction stories.
If you’ve found writing shorter stories or assignments to be helpful, I’d love to hear your experiences. Feel free to respond below.