How can I improve my writing skills?

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Answer by David Throop:

How To Improve Your Writing Skills With 3 Secret Hacks
Think about writing as sharing an intimate thought with a reader in a way that the reader doesn't realize that you've entered into their brains.  Famed horror writer Stephen King wrote about the power and influence of writing as being like telepathy with the reader.
Good writing works to share your thoughts with the reader without being able to speak with them directly.  It can work to inform, entertain, motivate, even agitate.
There are some basic rules to good writing such as understanding rules of grammar, syntax, punctuation and spelling that you need to study.  It takes a lifetime to master but don't worry; you can get started without having spent a lifetime with volumes of linguistic and grammatical tomes.
The most important thing you need to consider when writing is, who do you intend to read it? Most writers claim that you need to find a real, or imaginary, ideal reader that you are writing for.  Is it someone you love? A teacher or coach you want to impress? Someone you've never met but can imagine a long conversation about whatever subject that's on your mind?
Kurt Vonnegut claimed that he wrote his novels with either his wife or daughter in mind. This technique makes the style personal, reads well, and sounds natural as Prabhu Balasubramanian wrote in his answer to this question.
But to improve your writing skills, there are 3 secret hacks you can use. I've written on these hacks a little more in-depth on my blog, and you can see the full post here: My Kindle Publishing Lesson: Beg, Borrow and Steal Your Way To Becoming A Better Writer
1) Beg An Expert – Find someone who is better than you and ask for help with your prose.  It could be a friend, professor or another writer.
2) Borrow From A Master – Who is your favorite writer?  Borrow from their stories both in technique and style.
3) Steal From The Greats – Is there a passage, theme or idea that moves you every time you read it?  Take what the greats have done before, rework it to your own voice and rewrite it again. Don't just copy it word-for-word, that's called plagiarism and is bad, and often illegal.
Using basic rules of grammar, write with a specific person in mind and beg, borrow and steal, and you'll greatly improve your writing in short time.

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