This thread is a follow up to this one on improving my listening skills.
The reason I wanted to keep these two topics separated was to receive more specifics advice on each of these arguments. Yes, they will interchange, but it is more about best specific methodologies, materials, and so on.
Target language: English
Improving my writing is my MAIN goal for the next year and more. The reason is that I have been rebuilding everything in the last months, and changing my goals entirely. Improving listening, and fine tuning it, will be a plus.
Believe it or not, I haven’t dedicated much time in the last 20 years to English, which is the language I love the most!
But now the goal is different, I want to be able to write properly in English, at the level of blogging/copywriting/journalist/writer. It is a progression, starting with blogging, which is something I love to do.
This would be my job!
I cannot tell you the format/subject because I don’t know it yet. It will change and improve step by step.
But I want to reach a level of excellence, starting from the average point I’m right now, which is just random with weak foundations.
Time Block: I hope to be able to dedicate 3 hours daily, including or not the listening time block (45’).
A part from the activity already done with LingQ/Youtube/podcasts for building vocabulary, I haven’t thought about much else.
The only tool I thought is Italki to find a good teacher and create a long-term program.
I don’t think it is possible to improve writing without laser professional feedback that will first correct all my current mistakes, and then step by step improving on style. I need to fix grammar and punctuation first, and then improve the rest.
It is very difficult to write “on paper” without second guessing everything all the time. Is this good? Does it sound good? Is this a repetition? Is it too stupid? Do people really say this or that?
What would be your suggestions to include in my learning program? Which characteristics should a teacher have?
What tools do you think should I consider?
I really appreciate any help I can get. Writing in English could become my main occupation if I will be able to achieve the level I desire.