4 Things Every Writer Should Do

There are tons of things you can do to sharpen your skills. Whether you’re just learning or seeking more advice, these four tips will help lead you in the right direction.

Read

Think of reading as stockpiling weapons. For writers, the pen is mightier than the sword and you’re going to need a good arsenal at your disposal to make it in this profession. Reading is your training. It’s the beginning, middle, and end of the lecture parts. Don’t just read the book, look at what other writers are showing you. Read their words and study their voice. Look how they weave together a story from a basic idea. Don’t let their writing or success discourage you. Just think of them as a comrade arriving with much needed supplies. They are basically giving you a detailed blueprint on how to hone your skills.

Write

It’s self-explanatory. Writers write. It’s that simple. It doesn’t matter how much you write or what you write as long as you write. Others may think differently, but you must first develop the discipline to write on a regular basis. Published writers always write even when they feel they can’t or don’t want to write. They do it anyway for various reasons. Usually it’s because their deadline is approaching at light speed, but some just can’t overcome the need to put ink on paper.

Communicate

Writers are solitary creatures. Sometimes we allow others (usually pets) into our comfort bubble, but that’s pretty rare. While writing itself may not be a group activity, it is always good to communicate with other writers. It’s good to have a group of people you trust to share your work with or brainstorm solutions for your writing woes. The great thing about communication is that it’s a two-way street, so you’ll learn from others while they learn from you.

Relax

Everybody needs a vacation once in a while. Heck, some people need vacations from their vacations. The last thing you want to do is burn yourself out and make it even more difficult to do the thing you love doing the most. Let’s not sugarcoat this task as some super easy thing that’s always fun to do. Nope, sometimes writing sucks. It can be draining, stressful, infuriating, and a pain in the butt. It’s not always chocolate-dipped candies of sunshine and happiness, so take a break. Go out and see the beautiful world or start a new Netflix marathon. All I’m saying is unplug from the writing and give that hardworking brain of yours a break.

 

If you follow these tips, you’ll be on your way to being a better and possibly saner writer.

 

 

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About cozycommons

I'm an active reader and a habitual writer who loves the good, the bad, and the ugly of the literary world.

Posted on September 19, 2014, in Craft, Resources and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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