Always Learning: Tips to Improve Your Writing When You're Not Writing

 
 

I'm not just a writer by chance, it's a part of my purpose. I don't just want to be a good writer, I want to be a GREAT writer. I was an English major in college and I've been super blessed to have teachers that taught me skills I'll remember for a lifetime. However, learning how to improve my writing didn't stop when I walked across that stage. If you are going to call yourself a writer then make it a priority to continue learning how to improve your craft. Don't settle for good when great is just a lesson away. Most days I write, but there are days that I just cannot bring myself to picking up a pen or typing anything. On those days, to curb the guilty feeling of not working on my craft I find something else to do that will help me be a better writer. Some of the things I do take time while others only take a few minutes. Here are my tips: 

  1. Read books by people who write better than you.

  2. Look up writing tips on Pinterest. There is a plethora of information.

  3. Let other people read your work and ASK for criticism. 

  4. Go to the library or the bookstore and browse books that stand out to you.

  5. Invest in a grammar handbook and read it.

  6. Watch videos online about writing tips. 

  7. Scroll the social media accounts of people who offer writing and editing tips. Again, there are so many accounts. 

  8. Take a free writing class at your local library.

  9. Read and re-edit your own writing from a few years ago. You'll be surprised, and proud, by how much you have improved.

  10. Make a list of the techniques you are amazing at and the ones you want to improve.

These tips may seem random but I promise you, they are not. I am intentionally always learning, which means I have to see things with a learner's eye. Of course, I do these things for fun, like going to the bookstore, but I am also looking for tips and ways to do things that I haven't thought of. There is always going to be a better way and there will always be a person a step ahead of you. You will always be a step ahead of someone as well. The people following you are counting on you to improve your skills so that they may improve theirs. If you don't do it for you then do it for them!

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