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.