There are two types of IELTS Writing people: those who like to write, and those who don’t.
Oscar Wilde said: “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it”.
To relate this to writing, some writers enjoy writing because of an inner fire – a passion to do so. These people will be writing long after they leave the IELTS Writing test!
What if you aren’t one of those IELTS Writers?
Don’t lose heart. Do not worry if you don’t have that fervour to write. Fortunately, this post is for you.
The unenthusiastic IELTS Writer.
To become good at IELTS Writing, we must write!
It is the only way to get this task done (and aced!). Just like those who suffer from stage fright when asked to speak before a crowd, every good writer starts out being a novice and only becomes great through constant execution of relevant skills.
In this post, I will help you shed some light on IELTS Writing. Tips, I can easily give you. But again: the “doing” is down to you.
- An essay is made up of individual lines of writing. So, start writing single lines. Write on your Facebook wall or tweet on Twitter about anything – in English. Try to make this a daily habit.
- Once you have more to say or discuss, try being a blogger. We love to write more when others read our works. So, posting anything on www.blogspot.com or www.wordpress.com would definitely make a difference in your writing proficiency. In your blog, you can write about a certain article, a book you have read, or actually, anything under the sun.
- Leave comments on other blog posts. If you don’t feel you want to set up your own site, leave some comments on other people’s blogs, Facebook posts, or tweets. Be open to the idea of exchanging thoughts. But try to remember why you are doing this – to improve your written English – you could become one of those who waste their time with trivial comments but you would gain far more by contributing to IELTS websites or English pages. You could start this by leaving a comment on this post, below!
- While diary writing can be a therapeutic activity you won’t receive any feedback. For IELTS writing preparation, writing should be more social. You need to find readers who will respond to your writing ideas. So, try to be open-minded enough to listen to what others have to say on your English – invite comments! – or the writing piece itself. Remember, we learn from each other.
- If you have friends or family members who have good English, try to let them read your essays. If they are busy, just send them letters or emails. Getting any response will help.
- Lastly, the most useful part of IELTS Writing preparation, is to seek assistance from experts. Experts will help you to understand what the IELTS Test examiners are looking for when they are assessing your English. They will help you understand what sort of grammar is worthy of band score 7, 8 or 9. In fact, the effort you have expended in the five steps described previously could go to waste without a coach who understands what it takes to be successful at IELTS. Your essays need to be assessed so you can learn from your mistakes and improve.
Take the first step towards improving your IELTS English by commenting below. If you do we will join you by responding and joining in your conversation.