WAYS TO BE A GOOD WRITER | 2017-11-09 | daily-sun.com



Magazine Desk     9 November, 2017 12:00 AM printer


If you want to become a better writer, get ready to do some work, because it will not happen overnight. You will have to practice. Anyone who writes is a writer, but that does not mean he/she is a very good one. So let’s talk about how to become a better writer.

Learn About Good Writing: Honestly, there is so much terrific writing out there, but there is also considerably more garbage as well. This is surprising that there are many people who do not know the difference between the good and the bad. Art is subjective, true, but it is not that subjective when you remove ignorance and replace it with education. Read a minimum of three books a month. For the first one, choose a recently published work in your genre to keep abreast of trends in your field. For the second, select a successful, engaging book and try to pinpoint why it works so well. The third book should be for pleasure.

Dedicate Yourself To The Skill: Serious writing is not something you merely do if or when you can find the time. It is not just for weekend afternoons, or the occasional evening, or a few hours a week when you can give it some attention. Make the time, and make lots of it. Tackle the craft daily and dedicate a generous portion of your existence to honing your skills. You are only going to get out of it what you put into it, and serious writing requires a lot of investment.

Organize your thoughts before writing: While there is something to be said for spontaneous writing, it really helps if you sit down and organize your thoughts beforehand. No matter your favorite method of organizing yourself, you will find that putting together long-form pieces is much easier with a rough outline to work from.

Build your vocabulary: You are bound to be more expressive when you write if you have more words at your command. When you come across a word you don’t know, take the time to look it up, then try to use that new word you’ve learned in your writing. You can also seek out vocabulary building exercises online to increase the number of words you have at your disposal.

Be your own editor: There are days where you have difficulty writing altogether, so you will switch to editing your stories rather than trying to create them. Never assume it is someone else’s job to fix your mistakes. Find all the errors first and deal with them yourself. The more polished and refined your work is, the more favorably it will be received when you are finally ready to present it.

Write for an audience: There is no pressure to improve your writing quite like having to share it with an audience. Forums for sharing your work are plentiful. You can read it at an open mic night, publish it on a blog or share it with friends. You may also consider sending your work out for publication. While the rejection letters every writer receives can be disheartening, your persistence will help you grow as a writer.

Time management: When it comes to the hours or days you have reserved for writing, make sure you stick to your guns. Consider it sacred. To most other people, your ‘writing time’ is merely ‘flexible time’. They will invariably think that you can cancel, minimize or postpone working when it suits you (or them). Tell these people that your personal work time is not negotiable; much like theirs is not at their day jobs. You do not need a regimented schedule, but you do need to clock in the hours.

Remember the Three P: There is still many thinks to say on the topic of writing tips, but what it all comes down to in the end are three things that a writer needs to remember above all else: Patience, Perseverance, and maintaining your sense of Purpose.