Determine what is good writing and what is not. Find your literary heroes. Read both historical and contemporary authors.
Read a variety of topics and styles, with a focus on styles or genres in which you wish to write.
Make good use of your local library, both as a source of a variety of reading materials and as a resource.
Expand your vocabulary. Read the daily newspaper. Purchase a nice dictionary and thesaurus. Your short story will not be nearly as exciting if every character walks everywhere and says every line of dialogue. A comprehensive vocabulary can help bring your stories and poems to life, enabling you to better describe the world around you.
Be sure that you are using words correctly. Some of the alternatives listed in your thesaurus may not have the right shade of meaning or be appropriate for the level of formality. Look up the word in your dictionary to be sure, and if in doubt, use a word that you already know.
Meet a Writer!(this could be hard though!) A writer could give tips to you as well as help.
Use good grammar. Good grammar can mean the difference between a sentence that is graceful and translucent and a sentence that is awkward and ambiguous. When you first put your ideas on paper, you should try to write quickly so that you do not forget any of them. Be sure to focus on proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation in the revision process, though. Dangling modifiers and faulty parallelism can reduce clarity as well as the overall quality of your writing. If you have a question about grammar, consult a good grammar book, such as The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E. B. White or The American Heritage® Book of English Usage.
Buy two notebooks. One is a "Vocabulary Notebook", and the other is an "Inspirational Notebook".
In your "Vocabulary Notebook", write down new words and their meanings as well as mnemonic devices (memory aids) to help you learn them. You may also want to write down some example sentences.
In the "Inspirational Notebook", write down bits and pieces from your daily life, such as a fun conversation that you overheard in the mall, or a joke that you were told by a friend. This can also be a diary or a journal. When you read something that makes you laugh or think, or tempts you to read aloud, look at what makes it effective.
Jot down all the ideas that occur to you, including the ones that will probably never work.