It’s intimidating to write a how to write post. I mean, readers are going to search for my mistakes. I know I would, and that’s my first point. Your writing will never be perfect so don’t sweat it.
- If you wait for perfection, you’ll never publish. I have the advantage of deadlines for my work content. I don’t have time to obsess over perfection. However, I’m often struck down with perfection paralysis when writing fiction for fun. The way I get past my fear is to pick up my pen and write.
- Write every day. The best way to improve as a writer is to write. Write a lot. Write about multiple topics. Try many genres. It’s not a complicated plan, but it is hard work.
- Read a lot. Read books, stories, blogs, and journals. Dissect what you like. Learn from your favorite writers.
- Take a class or attend a workshop. One of the best four hours I ever spent was at a business writing working shop held by a local university. There are classes, workshops, and webinars available to everyone.
- Join a writer’s critique group. I belong to a group that meets weekly. When I joined I was told it was a non-sandwich group—they don’t sugar coat their critiques. It was what I needed. I’ve only cried twice.
- Keep it simple. Use the best word not the biggest. Cut sentences to the essentials. Be precise. Avoid insider jargon.
- Be prepared to write. Do you block out time to write, sit behind your keyboard and then wonder what you will write? How difficult is that? Before you write take time to choose a topic, form an idea, make an outline, and complete research.
- Edit, edit, edit. Turn off spellcheck and write. Let it sit 24 hours before you begin editing. Read it out loud. Review one sentence at a time beginning with the last sentence. Invest in software such as Grammarly, and find a like-minded editor that compliments your weaknesses.
Are your ready to commit to being a better writer?
You can read, write, prepare, and edit your way to improved writing, but it takes discipline to stay focused on the goal. Are you ready to commit to six weeks? Here’s your assignment.
Week one – Write 1000 words every day for the week. I didn’t say it had to be great.
Week two – Spend a minimum of one hour reading every day for the week.
Week three – Attend a workshop, webinar, or review a pre-recorded class.
Week four – Join a writers group face-to-face or online. If you can’t find one, start one, it only takes two of you to begin.
Week five – Write 1000 words on Monday cut it in half on Tuesday repeat twice
Week six – Complete the five actions in Business Blogging 101—How to never run out of Ideas.
If you have any questions, please give me a shout. When you have completed all six, I’d love to hear from you. OK, how many mistakes did you find in this post?