Everybody’s wanted to sit down and write the great American novel at some point in their lives. If you’re like me and you’ve already spun the novel-writing wheel a few times, maybe it’s just regularly updating your blog that captures your imagination.
Whatever the cause, learning better writing starts with developing good habits. And, luckily for you, we have three of the best habits to pick up early on, all picked out for you in today’s article.
Whatever your current writing ability, you could always be better. At this point in my career, I’ve written two full-length novels, and this morning someone noticed that I spelled “artifact” wrong. In something I had already published, no less.
My point is, comfort is the enemy of talent, so always try to outdo yourself. If you’re amazing at cranking out 1000 word-count blog posts, go back and really read your posts to see if they’re actually any good. Is your research unbiased? Are your viewpoints fresh or interesting?
Remember that just because what you’re saying is true doesn’t mean there’s any reason for people to read it. So a good place to start is by learning to say new things. There’s always something you can tune up about your writing.
Alternatively, if you put your all into everything and all your writing is well researched and thought-provoking, why not learn to do it faster? How valuable would you be if you learned to research, plan, write and edit your articles to a high standard that was also really fast? Learn to type quicker. Find dependable resources you can draw on at a moment’s notice.
However you do it, this is a great opportunity to develop better writing in a real and technical manner.
Stop Trying So Hard
Of course, the best writers also enjoy what they’re doing. In my time as an editor, I’ve proofread dozens of articles by people clearly trying to earn a quick buck. They take the research and descriptive parts of their writing so seriously, and the end product becomes wooden and unpalatable.
This step is simple enough: spend some time every day getting excited to write. Don’t touch a keyboard, just think about how much fun it’s going to be to put together your next article. Then, after you’ve had some time to meditate on your upcoming sins, sit down and do it.
Do it with music on. Do it while your husband or wife watches Mexican action movies on the couch next to you. Do it with or without pants on, and feel free to take a break and finish it later on. However you do it, remember to enjoy yourself.
Read (For Both Of Our Sakes)
Our last point, today, is something you may already know, but you’re not reading enough. However much you’re currently reading, it’s not enough. Whatever your motivations and however you like to do it, you should be reading as often as possible.
The logic behind this is sound: reading breeds inspiration. We take our great ideas from the pages of the people we love to read most. With this in mind, you can also opt to spend your reading time listening to podcasts, watching the news, checking out documentaries and watching movies.
It’s all gas in the tank, and the more you get in, the less likely you’ll be to run into writer’s block. So read a book, you philistine. Your brain wants treats. And, if you’re wondering why I said “for both of our sakes” in the heading, it’s because I 100% do not practice what I preach, in this case.
Better writing means surrounding yourself with good writing to start with. For more insight into things that aren’t just learning how to write better, be sure to check out the rest of DangerPedia’s lifestyle section, coming soon!