Hey everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful week. I’m sure there are some of you writers out there who are probably just starting to write and maybe you’re not too comfortable about sharing what you’ve written with the rest of the world. I understand that and at one time I was walking in the same shoes. But you don’t have to spend the rest of your life hiding out from the rest of the world because you are afraid that people won’t like your work. After all, if you have been given this gift to write, then just maybe it was meant to be read by more than just you. There are many things you can do to improve your writing.
One of the things a lot of famous writers recommend is reading. I know you’re probably wondering, how on earth can reading help you to be a better writer. Well, think about it for just one moment. What do you notice about a story when you read it? You notice sentence structure, spelling, correct use of grammar, and whether or not it all makes sense. Yes, I know the story must be entertaining and hold your interest as well. And all of these things will teach you the correct way to write a good story. Mark my words, these are the very things you will need to use for anything you will write for yourself. Just make sure that the books or articles you choose are good examples of good writing and you can’t go wrong.
Books on Writing
Before I became a published author, I use to love to go down to my local library and find books about writing that would teach me how to improve my skills. I read as many books as I could get my hands on and it can be fun. Learning is fun if it’s something that you enjoy doing. One thing I learned from entertainers and artists alike is that they all have spent many years honing their craft. Spending countless hours learning new ways to do the very thing that they want to excel at. Believe me, it is worth it. One day you will realize that you no longer recognize the person that you once were. The person whose writing didn’t make sense to becoming a well- established best- selling author who brings in a decent amount of money doing the one thing that you enjoy most.
Here are some links to some great books on writing…
Take A Class
Now, this is something that you will have to spend some money on but hey it’s worth it if it makes you a better writer, right? Speaking from experience, taking a College level writing course can teach you many things that a beginning writer never would have thought about when it comes to writing your first novel. You will learn about plotting a story, developing great characters and making them memorable, writing good dialogue, and how to properly describe the surroundings of your characters. It gets deep so take extensive notes because you will have to refer back to them at times because you will inhale a lot of information in a short amount of time. Last but not least…
There may be a time when you are just sitting around doing absolutely nothing but looking for some new show to watch on Netflix. Well, you won’t learn much about writing by becoming a couch potato. Oh, sure you may get some good story ideas and maybe get inspired by watching those shows and movies but we all know that the best way to improve any skill…is to practice. Okay, you may not know what to write about. You may even have writer’s block. But there is always something to write about especially when you see all of the changes happening in the world today. Use it! Write about how it all makes you feel. If it pisses you off to have to wear a mask every time you go out then write it. If it makes you sad that your loved one has died from COVID-19 than write it. If you have something to say about Black Lives Matter whether you agree with them or don’t…write. Because in the end, everything you write will matter. Because once you are done letting all of your emotions out, you will read what you have written and say wow…this is good.
These are just a few suggestions to help you improve you’re writing and I hope they help you. It can only get better from here on out.
Have a great week everyone.
Until next time…