⑦ Have English-speaking friends who are not afraid to correct your mistakes 结交肯纠错的外国朋友
The best way to learn to sound like a native is to hang out with them as much as you can. By paying close attention to how they speak, you will learn the sayings they use, the slang, and even the jokes that they throw at you. All of this is important in making your English sound more natural and conversational rather than something learned from a book.
Instant messaging, e-mailing, or even chatting with them face to face, if possible, are all good ways to learn from friends. And the best part in all of this? You can do it while having a great time getting to know new, interesting people.
⑧ Study spelling and grammar 学习拼写和语法
Yeah. I admit it, this doesnt sound like a lot of fun at all. But to achieve greatness, you have to put in some effort. And in the end, the reward of learning and becoming more confident with your writing is really worth it. Go find the books you were using on your English courses back in school, or if you cant find them, check if there are any good course books at the local library.
If you still want to go one step further, you can enroll to a language course. Just make sure to pick one that is mostly about creative writing because that will get you moving faster towards your goal.
⑨ Commas and hyphens—the tricky buggers 逗号和连字符——两个棘手的家伙
Commas are hard. Hyphenation nearly impossible.
The good thing here is that not even the English speaking bloggers always get these things right. But does that mean you dont have to worry about them? No. If you want to be a great writer, you have to try to practice the hard things as well. All you can do is to learn about using them and then always double check your text to see if your punctuation is correct.
Last comes the most important tip of all: Relax, and enjoy your writing. To be a great writer, you have to put in a lot of effort, but its not going to happen overnight. So, while you are practicing, dont panic. Just write the best content you can with the skill set you have right now. Put it online on your own blog and learn more as you go.