Writing is easy to get into but impossible to master. I’m sure you could ask the greats and they would say that the story they wrote is not as good as it could be. If you’re reading this, then you’re a writer and a perfectionist. If you take time and think to write anything then you are a writer, published or not. If you’re not a perfectionist, then why are you trying to better your writing? That’s what writers do. They find new ways to writer better and continue to do so until they die. There are three staples I think every writer should practice. Read, write, and make time.
When I say read, I mean read words. Much like you’re doing this very second. Great job! You’re doing it! Reading is a great way to get better at writing. This is not limited to books either. You can read newspapers, blogs, video games, poems, and comics. I would recommend reading a genre that you’re particularly interested in writing. That way it will help you understand the tropes and motifs that are suited for your particular audience. I would also recommend reading something that’s not your particular genre. This can further your already vast knowledge and it can compliment your future writings. Ulysses is considered one of the greatest books of all time. If you haven’t already read it, I would recommend at least flipping through the pages. That book changes styles constantly.
This brings me to another point. Read difficult books. I can’t tell you what will be hard for you, but you will know. Find a list of the greatest books of all time and find one that you find interesting and plow through it. You won’t become a worse writer because of it, I can guarantee that. I recommend Dubliners, it’s not too hard to read but it isn’t easy. It has one of my favorite short stories of all time in it.
Write, write, and write some more. Carpenters don’t get good at making cabinets by making one cabinet. I should know. Your style needs to develop and it cannot do so if you hold it back. Practice makes ok content. You’ll know when you write something worth while. I often write short stories and I’ll get to a point where the character is in a dead end or I’ll have written myself into a corner. In which case, I’ll kill off the character and the story will end. If it’s good, you’ll be able to work through it. You will never think your writing is good enough. I never have. It’s just one of the many joys of being a writer. Writing is one of the best ways to get better at writing, plain and simple. Ernest Hemingway did not sit down one day, without ever writing before, and crank out For Whom the Bell Tolls. You will not sit down and magically make your masterpiece without practicing. If you did do this, let me know how. I would desperately like to know how. Please?
You will need to make time to read and write. Nobody will force you to do so. Before you read, I suggest getting a little uncomfortable otherwise you might fall asleep like I do. Play some music to drown out the world around you so you can fully invest your time in the book you’re reading. One good hour, chapter, or story is all you need to do. Just make some time to read.
Your time writing is the now your most important time of day. Aside from time with your family. Try and carve out at least one hour of uninterrupted quality writing time. Once you’re in the writing mindset, prepare your writing ritual and get to work. You’ll be amazed at how much you can create with just one hour.
Being a writer is impossible to master but not impossible to get better at. Your assignment is to devote at least one hour to read and one hour to writing per day. You’ll be making content you’re proud of in no time.
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