You’re a writer.
You write stories, articles, blogs, newsletters. You want your words to move people. You want to make people laugh and cry. You want people to take action because of what you say. Whether you’re starting down the writing path or you’ve been writing for years, we all want to write well.
How do we do this? How do we craft our words into sentences and paragraphs that matter? What’s the key, the secret of good writers? I’m going to tell you, to let you in on the writing secret that will make you a great writer. Let’s pull back the curtain and let you see what you’ve been missing. I’m going to tell you how to become a good writer.
That’s it. That’s the magic charm the silver bullet. The big secret to becoming a good writer is you have to write. There’s no getting around it. If you want to be a good writer, you have to write.
And you have to write lots and lots and lots. I’m talking large quantities here. Manuscripts or blog posts, you have to write a lot to become a good writer. You have to write and write and write if you want to be a good writer.
You have to write a lot to become a good writer because it takes practice. No one is a good writer when they first start out. We all write things we don’t like, that we aren’t proud of. This is part of the process of becoming a good writer. You may not publish any of the work, these things you consider bad. That’s OK. The point is you are practicing your writing. The more practice you do the better you’re going to get at writing.
Getting to the Good Stuff
Eventually, you will start crafting word that you like, words that you would want to read yourself. Your practice will pay off. You will find your writing voice and style, and you will begin to write better and better.
This doesn’t mean that you stop practicing. Again, the more you write the better you’ll become. You can become as good (if not better) than your writing heroes. You have the capacity to become a great writer.
Some people say you need to write every day. Some say for at least an hour. Other people say you need to write 1000 words every day. Personally, I say write what fits you. I try to write 300 words on my personal projects every day. Some people I know write once a week. Other people I know crank out thousands of words a day.
However, you do it, develop a regular rhythm of writing. Keep practicing. Keep writing. The more you write, the more comfortable you will get with crafting words. The more comfortable you get, the more words you’ll want to write.
Get after it. Start writing today. All you have to lose is the self-imposed label of “bad writer.” Go ahead, write tons and tons and tons of whatever comes into your head. Get it out and learn to practice the art of becoming a good writer.