Writing skills in English are an important part of English communication skills.
Though one might be from a English speaking country, still the writing skill might not be efficient.
And for those from non-speaking countries, it is quite toughest job in the beginning.
This is so because, writing in English has some communication rules unlike other languages.
It has to be written by use of proper grammar, punctuation, tenses etc.
One has to put some extra effort if they are desirous to improve their writing skills.
The writing skill in English finds its use in proper presentation of knowledge. It comes handy in written competitive exams like civil services, literature degree exams, during schooling graduation etc.
Even in a professional and corporate deals, while communicating in written forms by email, hard copy letters writing skill indicates authenticity. Have ever noticed that a letter written in shabby grammar gets less response and weight?
Also one needs to have good writing skills to draft a research paper, scientific journal, academic essays. I have come across many cases where the research paper was rejected due to improper writing style.
Tips to improve Writing Skills in English
Reading: Learn the skill by reading English books written especially by authors recognized in English literature. Read news papers, magazines, journals published in English. Even if you have hobbies like poetry, go through the those written in English. Listen to English news in television, radio etc.
Try to habituate to speak in English with better vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation. This seems a bit confusing but talking and listening will feed the mind with the language requirements. Even the same can be put on paper when you write in English. So spoken English skills are also important and have influence on the writing in English. IF you are from non-English speaking countries, you can try speaking with those whom are fluent in English like your English teacher, tutor etc..
If you are very young or you are interested in improving English writing skills of your children, it is best to start at very early age of their schooling. Because many words, vocabulary, sentence formation, handwriting style form a memory in a fixed style. After age progresses the early exposure always keep influencing their skill in future. It can’t be changed so easily just as one finds difficult to change their hand writing after growing up. Hence it is better to cultivate good reading and writing skills in English since childhood.
Many of us value a good handwriting as it is impressive and attractive to read. Even in exams, a student with good hand writing scores better than those without good hand writing of same caliber. So it is important to have a good handwriting as an accessory for good writing skills in English. This hand writing has to be practiced since childhood and can’t be easily altered during adult life.
The attractiveness in hand writing is not limited to just the appearance of letters but also the spacing in between words, in between lines, use of para graphs etc. The writing should preferably be easy to read without stress.
The grammar used is important for especially those in literature and busyness field compared to those in science and technology fields. One has to be clear with present, past and future tenses, participles etc. Be aware of simple rules like capitalizing the starting letter of all the nouns Viz. names of person, animal, place etc. Again in using indefinite articles i.e A & An, one needs to be careful. “A” has to be used to denote singulars of words starting with consonants and “An” has to be used to denote singular words starting with vowels, viz A, E, I, O, U.
These are specially important in writing English but not in speaking. One has to be careful with punctuation marks used i.e full stop (.) comma (,) hyphen (-), exclamation (!) apostrophe (‘) question mark (?) etc.. Punctuation organize the structure of any sentence and miss use or non-use of punctuation gives different meaning of the sentence than the intended one.
Correct spelling in English is very important unlike in other languages. Because a change in an alphabet can give different meaning to the sentence like Ex: words like- discreet- discrete, Know- Now, Bark-Dark, etc. So try to use correct spellings as it can change what you wish to communicate.
If you are writing over a computer or tablet, this problem might be minimal. The software alerts regarding any incorrect spellings. But still software cannot recognize what you wish to communicate. So spellings have be clear and verified.