Honing Your Skills as a Writer

By HayleyWriter Goals for Writers 1 Comment on Honing Your Skills as a Writer

One of the most important lessons I have learned as a writer is that I always have room for improvement. I’ve actually been writing for many years now, but I still find I learn great lessons every day when I write. That’s why I love Newbie Writer’s Forum – I can get help and constructive criticism from other writers here.

Previously, we had a blog post about dealing with rejections and that is something that does happen to every professional (and not quite so professional) writer. Instead of calling it a rejection, which has negative connotations, call it a lesson you can learn. This has hope for the future.

When I first graduated with a degree in Communications (print journalism), I thought I knew everything there was to know about writing. How wrong I was! I have continuously been working on honing and polishing my writing skills ever since. I have learned more about writing in the past 18 months than I did in my three years at university.

I’m beginning to realize that when we stop learning, we stop writing. Whatever format you like to write, there is always some way you can improve your writing. You can experiment with new structures and formats, you can learn grammar rules, and you can learn how to bring your characters to life. You can learn to re-structure your writing so that it speaks to a specific audience, you can learn new words and increase your vocabulary, and you can learn the skills of description.

I have a challenge for each of you. We’ve been challenged to write at least 100 words a day, and that’s a good challenge. If 100 words is too little, challenge yourself to write more, but give yourself a reasonable goal that suits your time commitments. My challenge to newbie writers is to find something to learn every month. You may spend a while reviewing a particular grammar rule, such as where to use commas, or you may want to try writing in a new style. You may like to try an online writing course where you receive feedback on your writing.

Whatever method you choose to learn about the craft and skill of writing, you will find that your writing continuously improves over time. I hope I never stop learning!

HayleyWriter

My website www.expandingcreations.com offers online training courses and resources for freelance writers.

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  • Juno M.
    Posted on May 9, 2012 at 1:27 am

    good advice!

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