How To Improve Your Writing In Six Steps

This will work no matter what you’re writing.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a good, great, or self-loathing writer.

Step 1: Pay attention.

“The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” — Henry Miller

Writing begins way before you write.

Step 2: Generate ideas.

“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.” — Henry Ford

Idea generation is not the same thing as writing.

Step 3: Flesh out an idea.

“If you do enough planning before you start to work, there’s no way you can have writer’s block.” — R. L. Stine

Once you choose an idea or two to explore in your writing, the next step is to flesh out those ideas.

Step 4: Write.

“Writing the last page of the first draft is the most enjoyable moment in writing. It’s one of the most enjoyable moments in life, period.” — Nicholas Sparks

Ahh…the moment we’ve been waiting for — or dreading.

Step 5: Edit.

“When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.” — Stephen King

While the writing phase is often rooted in negative reinforcement, editing is the opposite — it’s filled with positive momentum.

Step 6: Publish.

“Once you publish a book, it is out of your control. You cannot dictate how people read it.” — Margaret Atwood

The writing and editing may be done, but there’s still one more hurdle to conquer.

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