Great writing doesn't happen overnight

Crappy writing is a part of a writer’s journey. There is no stage where it’s perfect on the first try. It doesn’t happen. Writing is about constant improvement, making your next piece  better than the last. Sometimes inspiration will flow easily and other times you won’t write a word no matter how many times you bang your head against the wall.

Whether you’re having a good or bad day, here are three tips to help you improve your writing just a bit more each time. Don’t just read these; put them into practice.

1. Write in bursts.

5-10 minutes sessions, with lots of breaks. Your ideas will be fresher.

2. Write away from home.

Laundry, dirty dishes and other chores will taunt you. Get out of the house, go somewhere relaxed, and write.

3. Write on the go.

Carry scrap paper with you and jot things down as they come to you. Look at your paper scraps later and use them to free write.

Remember, writing should never feel like a burden. If you’re not enjoying yourself, it can show in your words.

Writing is a craft, an art. Allow yourself to feel your thoughts and move with the rhythms inside you.

Your mind is a powerful tool, if well cared for. Expand it over time. Improve. Don’t be discouraged by poor pieces: fix them.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. tric says:

    I agree that the best writing is what we do when we are enjoying it. I have just finished a short story and I smiled all the way through it, even looked forward to getting back to it and editing today.
    Yet the five to ten minute burst do help us begin or move on. Well said

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    1. Kim-Lee Patterson says:

      Very true Tric. What’s your short story about?

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      1. tric says:

        It’s about a young brother and sister from a Dublin estate, and the first time they attempt to smoke a cigarette.

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  2. Kim-Lee Patterson says:

    Sounds intriguing. Let me know when you’re finished.

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