I’ve decided to start this page with a few ideas that I have on how to become a better writer.
I’ll start by telling you that I am no where near close to being a great writer. I don’t even consider myself a good writer. I do however, consider myself to be somewhat competent and I have every confidence in myself and my abilities as a writer.
My first attempts at writing left me angry and disappointed. It was like I was trying to paint the Mona Lisa with a bucket of shit. My spelling and grammar was atrocious and my ideas lacked even the most common of building blocks. The stories I wrote were confusing and vague, my characters were nothing more than two dimensional generic automatons and my settings were very poorly written.
Over time however, I continued writing and eventually found myself getting better. I was able to create interesting plot lines and story arcs. My characters started to come to life and had depth and personality and I finally managed to competently describe settings.
Another thing I did at the same time was read. I have always had a voracious, insatiable appetite for reading. A passion that helped with my writing because it allowed me to ‘see’ how other writers managed in their craft. Reading a large cross section of different genre helped me become more confident in decided what worked or didn’t work in a story.
If I could give one piece of advice to another person hoping to become a writer then it would have to be this:
Read and write everything anything and everything you can! It won’t kill you and if something doesn’t kill you then it will only make you stronger.
Until next time…