How to Become a Better Writer

It might seem like you’re either born a good writer or you’re not so fortunate. The truth is, most good writers spend years honing their skills. Almost all your favorite books were written, rewritten, reviewed, edited, and rewritten again. Writing is hard, and don’t let anyone lead to believe otherwise. So, this leads to the question: How does one become a better writer?

Practice

Just like any other skill, you cannot get better at writing without first doing it a lot. I mean, a lot. To continue progressing, you should aim to write a little bit every day. This means even when you don’t feel like it, you should be writing. The more you do something, the more it becomes second-nature. The more you produce, the better the outcome. For example, the hit singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran once said that he writes a lot of bad songs every day to get one good song. The same goes for any kind of writing.

Read

Writing is like a sport––you have to study it to be good. Read and reread your favorite books. Study how your favorite authors write. By doing this, it’s like having them as your personal mentor. By constantly reading, you’re soaking in what works and what doesn’t. Pick up a pencil and write notes while you read. This will make you more conscious of storyline, structure, dialogue, and pace in your own writing.

Use your resources

There are so many books out there for authors, some of them written by authors. Listed below are a couple resources to start with.  A good editor is also a great resource. We spend our days studying what makes a good book, and we’re always happy to help you improve as a writer.

On Writing by Stephen King

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne & Dave King

Write for you

When you’re writing a story, don’t spend time worrying about what readers will want. Write the story you want to read, and chances are other people will want to read it too.

 

Why self-publishing authors need an editor.

So, you wrote a book. What’s next?

 I view the editing process kind of like spring cleaning. You’ve been holed up writing––sure it’s cozy, and you probably straightened up a little bit as you went along––but now it’s time to get down to business. Editing your own work is always an option, but consider a couple reasons you might want to hire an editor.

You’re too close to the story

 Sometimes (all the time), it’s good to get an outside perspective on things. Fresh eyes are going to catch the grammatical errors and inconsistencies that you would have looked over. As an editor, I serve the reader first. You know your story. The reader does not yet. I want to make sure your story gets to the reader as clearly as possible.

We know our stuff

Editing includes more than spelling and grammar. Editors study what makes a good book good.  You’d be surprised how much editing goes into some of your favorite novels. I’m not here to berate your spelling and grammar. But I will make sure no embarrassing mistakes get through to print. I’m not here to tell you how to write your story, but I have read a lot about telling stories, and I can give you suggestions on how to improve on your already awesome one.

 Consider an editor your book’s best friend. We have the same goal, and it’s to make your story as amazing as it can be.