Three suggestions: Read! Read! Read!Originally Posted by newlife
Oh, and here's a fourth: Then write!
If it's the ability to write essays in the style of contemporary journalism that you wish to develop, then read, read, read contemporary journalism!
Find essays and articles by those journalists whose style you admire, and then analyze their sentence structures, their choice of vocabulary, the logic and the depth of their thinking, what it is that sets their writing apart from the norm, etc. The more that you read good quality writing, the more you will become acquainted with what it is that sets it apart from writing that is less so.
You might choose to keep a journal of the essays and articles that you read. There's a wealth of digitized copy available on the web just waiting for you to dig into it. Copy articles into your journal, and then, after digesting them, critique them. What is it that makes them work? - or not? What is it that you notice about the author's style? What word choices or phrasing has s/he used that seems unique or striking? File them away by date of entry, and, if you have alternate indexing capability, by author and subject too.
If you hold yourself to regular entries in keeping such a journal (notice that the word itself is derived from the late Latin word, diurnlis, meaning, daily), then it won't be long before you start to notice your writing (and reading) improving.
One of my favorite contemporary essayists is the American writer Gore Vidal. If you haven't read anything by him yet, then you might enjoy doing so now. A number of his articles, reviews, and essays can be found at: Gore Vidal - The New York Review of Books. Enjoy!
- Best of luck
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