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Need basic tools and ways to practice and polish my writing skills

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What are the ways to practice and improve basic writing, like content and creative writing? I am not planning to write or learn to write fictional stories. By creative writing, I mean the essentials of writing anything is to first be creative. Any good writer is witty, eloquent and creative. Though my Grammar is excellent technically, I can write on the topics of my interest. But I lack the key writing skills. I need to learn and practice my creative writing skills, which I think is the key to writing well. I want to be able to write a blog where I can write on anything without having to spend time over it.

Furthermore, I am reading "The Elements of Style" by Strunk, Perfect English Grammar The Indispensable Guide to Excellent Writing and Speaking, and another book on Grammar. I am using the Language tool extension, for basic correction. Can you please give me some basic sources to practice my writing skills? Such as some great YouTube channel, or a website which gives exercises or provide something to learn by copying. I hope this Question is specific enough for the rules, and it will be beneficial for many readers as well who are just beginning their literary journey.

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Grammar is to writing as driving a nail is to architecture. Yes, you need the nails to be driven in straight, but it is not what architecture is about.

A good writer is, first of all, a good observer. They have a full picture of the thing or event they are trying to describe.

Secondly, they have a good sense of what to say and what not to say to convey what they have seen to the reader. Often this is about choosing the right details to focus on. A perfect detail can paint the whole of a scene in the reader's mind. A perfect detail can bring out the essential point of a piece. A perfect detail can move the reader to profound emotion.

What you see, and what you choose to describe out of what you see, are the essence of compelling writing. Figuring out this stuff is what makes a better writer.

People will rightly tell you that you need to read to become a better writer. But your need to read with a particular kind of attention if it is going to help. And this is what you should be paying attention to. What does the writer choose to say, what detail do the choose to focus on, and what is the effect of their doing so. Learn that, and you will be a better writer.

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I agree with Lundin.

My English isn’t very good that's why i mostly write in my own language. And, i rarely write in English just to improve my English mistakes all the time i do.

I started reading book one year ago of writing(i won't like to mention specific year). I had read The Miracle Morning. It was the first book i have ever read outside of academic subject. Later, when i became atheist i started reading lots of book i am mentioning some of them (you won't find all of them since they were in my native language not in English). I had read prottyaborton(recession) and Alo (light) (the name may be incorrect cause i can't remember it properly). I had read some more. And then, i started reading lots of holy book. I joined Quora that time. And started reading articles and answers in Quora.

When i thought i have some knowledge then i started writing answers in Quora. Then SO and now in Codidact. I chose bn.quora.com since I was "English illiterate" but i had wrote 5-6 answers in English Quora.

Before reading any single book, i was trying to write an article (not actually an article you can call it book). I had just wrote 20 pages later i got nothing to write. Then i realized my knowledge is limited so i should read rather than writing. After reading books,i had beautifully wrote a book. Thats why i always say reading isn't hard but writing is. If your knowledge is limited than you can't write a proper "thing". You can gain knowledge by writing also. I told one of my friend that i usually write to know rather than becoming famous.

You may have knowledge about topic A even you may have read 100 books on that topic. But when you Will start writing you will see that how much knowledge you have about that.

I personally don’t recommend anyone to watch YT videos. I know there's thousands of guides about it in YT but i just say," they are sh**". I got some work so i have to move now that's why i Couldn't complete the answer. But i hope these information are helpful

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