Contrary to popular spam sites, becoming successful doesn’t happen overnight or at the click of a purchase of my amazing, get-rich-quick program for only $2,499.99. In fact, becoming a better writer is far more about the journey than the destination, so take your time. Let these principles become a part of who you and you’ll see rapid growth in your ability to write more effectively.

5 Powerful Keys to Becoming a Better WriterFind Yourself

At some point, you’ve probably heard a musician being referred to as a sell-out. This is what we call it when someone decides to sacrifice what they believe in or what they’re passionate about in order to make more money. Some musicians are, perhaps, sell-outs, while others are just working to improve their skill and expanding the way they do business in order to make more record sales.

What you need to do is look inside yourself and find out who you are. This might be an arduous journey for some of you, however, it’s important to figure out which parts of yourself you want to improve and to which parts you want to remain true so that you don’t become a sell-out.

5 Powerful Keys to Becoming a Better WriterLearn on Purpose

I always find it cute when I see people tweeting the classic cliche, “I learn something new every day.” Although it’s good to learn something new everyday, it’s better to learn on purpose every day. Usually when I respond to that cliche asking what that person learned today, it’s almost always a vague life principle rather than training in a practical skill. “Today I learned that I just need to take life one day at a time.”

If you’re focused on becoming a better writer, that attitude isn’t going to cut it. You’re going to have to learn specific tools of the trade. Read articles about punctuation, sentence styles, developing characters, building visuals, and more.

5 Powerful Keys to Becoming a Better WriterEmbrace Challenges

It’s hard not to be lazy, to find our comfort zone, and to coast along for as long as possible, but the greatest accomplishments in life never seem to find their way to the good people who choose to live like that. The greatest accomplishments are reserved for those who challenge themselves aggressively to explore, grow, and create.

Join a writer’s contest, determine to write something extraordinary, or take a class. Find ways to challenge yourself to the next level.

5 Powerful Keys to Becoming a Better WriterUnleash Your Creativity

Creativity isn’t a simple matter. At the heart of creativity is the impulse to find new ways to accomplish things, new ways to express yourself, new ways to present information. A few months ago, I read Mark Haddon’s debut novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The entire book is written from the perspective of a young autistic boy. As I read it, I was constantly amazed at the creativity used in creating the ideas, concepts and presentation of that book.

Think of ways to write at your blog that nobody else is using. Create a unique voice. Tell an amazing story. Share a personal experience. Teach a powerful lesson. Be creative.

5 Powerful Keys to Becoming a Better WriterExpress Yourself

Our first and our final points go hand in hand. If you’ve stayed true to who you are while following through our growth principles for becoming a better writer then now is your time to shine.

Writing should be an expression of who you are. As an equipped, well-trained, well-studied author, you’ll be able to describe characters more effectively, you’ll be able to persuade and inform, and most importantly, you’ll be able to express your ideas clearly and with ease.

Find your passions and write from your soul.

Nicholas Cardot

About Nicholas Cardot

It's my personal quest to enable every person that I can to unlock that dormant potential concerning their online influence. Also, I'm a geek.

37 Comments

  • Hey Nicholas,

    Agree with your points all-around!

    The way I see it, at the end of the day, the only way to get better and to find your voice is to write and to continue to experiment. You know, to push your creative potential.

    Don’t force it. Don’t chase for 1,000 subscribers over-night (that’s unrealistic). Instead, focus on writing good helpful content, one post at a time. The audience will come.

    Silence your inner critic and test your creativity. The more you do it, the easier it gets. And the better you become over time!

    • Very good. And as much as it is helpful to practice and experiment, remember that imperfect practice will not make perfect. Most musicians, writers, and artists (excluding a few prodigies) took lessons in their respective skills where they were exposed to various methods and approaches to their skills. With that as a foundation, they were then able to adapt and create their own styles.

      A few weeks ago, I was watching a YouTube video about Jason Mraz, one of my favorite artists, and how he traveled to an island to study the way they use rhythm in their music. He played with them, sang with them, discussed ideas with them, and then continued to adapt his own style using what he had learned.

      Artists don’t keep growing just by using their skill. That only happens on the Sims. You get better by finding people who are better than you are or who do it differently than you currently do and learning from them.

  • Noel Addison says:

    You are one of the people that I look up to today. This post is really inspirational and motivating. Keep on inspiring your readers Nicholas!

  • John says:

    It’s important to find your voice as a writer before anything else. A mature perspective on the craft that acknowledges that it’s more than just a tool for self-expression is also necessary.

  • Jack says:

    Think of ways to write at your blog that nobody else is using. Create a unique voice. Tell an amazing story. Share a personal experience. Teach a powerful lesson. Be creative.
    I am not a fan of this. I much prefer to encourage people to find their voice and write with that.
    The push to be creative kills writers. It stunts their willingness to submit their work and or causes them to go three steps beyond what was necessary.

    • I very strongly disagree with you. Take any writing class beyond your basic English 101, and you will be challenged to study creative writing by famous authors, to understand aspects of creative writing, and to be creative yourself. You will be challenged.

      • Jack says:

        I have taken all of those courses and more- the push to be creative kills creativity.

        People have greater success and are more creative when they are not stressed out about it.

        I am not saying that people shouldn’t be creative, I am advocating a more natural process.

        Let creativity flow naturally and you’ll get better work and less junk.

    • Jason says:

      Though at first it seams you’re both on opposite sides, I can see the common ground in your comments. Jack, I am with Nick when he says he disagrees about, “The push to be creative kills writers”. I would inject that the “push” in itself is not the killer, but rather it’s the pretention toward an affected creativity that is the real killer. Or in other words trying too hard to sound like you know what you’re talking about and just puffing your text with a lot of superfluous verbiage (as the old adage goes) at the expense of soul inspired release.

      What I hearing from Nick is that we need to push forward to unlock the full potential of all that is untapped in the right side of our brain. Pushing infers a willingness to move forward, to struggle against, and to move in a direction with intention and conviction to growth. It is for the purpose of becoming stronger and reaching ones goal. To “push toward” or to “press on” to build upon our God given talents and mature them into the skills necessary to the trade. Learning, training, and honing – these are all imperative to finding your true voice. To rely solely on the comfortable or to be content with mere talent will imprison you to stagnation. You will be a boring writer. Therefore, as Nick as saying, we need take time to study the greats and internalize from them what really speaks to you personally. Process it, allow it to inspire you, strengthen you, and then release it from your soul.

      But Jack, I do get your point if you are talking about the “thesaurus writer”. He’s the person who struggles to write because they are always going to the thesaurus for the perfect word in the sentence. They are more concerned with color and flash than content birthed from the heart. This approach produces a clumsy article that people only read because they were required to, or it was written by a son or friend; an article that was not written in “your own voice”.

      The best writers are the ones who write how they speak, in a familiar voice and expressing themselves organically, naturally, and genuine while at the same time are not content with their current skill level. They hunger to become better because of their true passion for the craft.

  • ah hong says:

    From all the point, I think Find Yourself is the toughest part. It takes time to define oneself and know what you really love to do or to be.

    Whatever it is, remember to deliver your goal or fuel your dream with passion 🙂

    • Great thoughts on that. I agree that the ‘find yourself’ point is probably the most difficult for me also. It’s hard to stay true to yourself, to find your own voice, and to truly express yourself when you don’t know who you are or what you stand for.

  • Yea, we all learn new things everyday, but most do unconsciously and in most cases, it isn’t anything that can really help them.

    I think we have a choice, Nick. Go with the herd, or push unbelievably hard to really get some depth to your intellectual and skill set growth.

    It’s a conscious decision.

    On writing well – I just had a conversation with Morgan last night about “layers of learning” where the more you immerse in something, the more you begin to understand all of the layers of that specific thing. Writing is definitely no different. As long as you’re consciously learning, by doing some of the things you mentioned (studying other blogs, getting into building visuals, and others), getting into the real layers of writing is inevitable.

    I’m really into this kind of in depth approach to learning. It’s the bottom line of effectiveness. I use to be so basic and simple in my life, then I realized I didn’t want to be a vegetable.

    • The concept that you were discussing with Morgan is a neat one and I believe in it whole-heartedly. I think our perspective on life develops in much the same way. I remember when I was in High School, I used to look back at things I said or did in Jr. High Shool, and I remember thinking how silly I had been. Then in college I looked back at my High School days with that same mindset. Then I looked back on college. Now I look back on the Army.

      As I keep growing and maturing, I look back at how I used to be and I think, “Wow. If only I knew then what I knew now.”

      A lot of folks never make it past the Jr. High stage of their mindset development.

      I think in many subject matters we go through the same development. We show up to class the first day to take the 101 level class in college, and after hearing an inspiring lecture about the benefits and power of the subject your studying, you walk out of the classroom feeling like your the expert on all things basket weaving related…or whatever the class happened to be about. Only part way through the year…or through your study program…do you begin to realize just how little you know about the subject and how much you really have and want to learn about it.

  • I needed this article…:)

  • Hi Nicholas,
    I think the greatest lesson I can take away from this is “take my time”. It’s so easy to give up, become impatient, procrastinate but like what you said, success doesn’t come overnight. The journey is really more important so it would be wise to follow these principles while on the journey.
    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day!

  • Mith says:

    Loved the Points ! Expressing yourself through words is the most important thing here…i would suggest another key points to become a better writer lies in writing creative and unique articles which are easily understandable still attractive for the viewers !

  • Mith says:

    and sorry for putting up the keyword with the name. Nice writeup 🙂

  • Nicholas…Thanks for an inspirational post. I couldn’t agree with you more. Not only in our writing, but what we do in life (what we have passion for) should reflect who we are. I love your sellout idea! When reading it, I was thinking, “that was me…I was selling out by limiting myself to a career just to make money!” Now I am doing what I am passionate for (writing, coaching, inspiring) and building a whole new life and business while phasing out of the b.s. career I’ve been stuck to! Good stuff!

    Thanks,

    Scott@ http://www.recoverfitblog.wordpress.com

  • Steve says:

    Hi nicholas Very nice and encouraging thing……
    I am steve and Your post helped me much to take a good decision. thanks for giving your time and sharing such cool informations. Hope so I’ll be following accordingly, Am new here and don’t know rules so Can I also ask questions here?

  • maddie says:

    Hi Nicholas!

    I think you are right in that we need to constantly grow and learn things on purpose.

    Last month, you wrote about using humor in writing and three jumps later I picked up a philosophy book called “Thinking” by Kirby & Goodpastor. In this book, it breaks down persuasive writing and how to use metaphors, analogies, etc. I’m learning a lot from it.

    If we don’t seek out new knowledge, we are blind to our own flaws and rely on charity for our growth.

    • That’s great to hear, maddie. I know that I’m trying to learn as much as I can right now. Life is an adventure when you stop having to have information forced into us but when you you’re actively looking for it.

  • Tho Huynh says:

    Great post, especially for those who are currently looking to build their successes online.

    My biggest lesson is “The will be no success following what other people do”. You have to find your own path, the path that you know, understand and enjoy it. That’s how you can get long-term success and keep it 🙂

  • Ron James says:

    Great post! i like this part of your article Learn on Purpose.

  • Brother!
    Sorry to admit it, but I have been of this website far too long. Good article as always. One strategy I have for pushing my writing is to try and get 1,000 or 2,000 words down a day. Finishing a quota is a great feeling.

  • Laura Click says:

    Great tips, Nicholas! I especially think finding your voice is incredibly important. It’s a nuanced thing, for sure. But, I think it’s incredibly important to figure this out so you can stand out amongst the millions of other blogs out there. After all, your voice is a big part of your brand.

    Oh, and I LOVED The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Such a great example of a creative, well-written book. I devoured it.

  • Dan says:

    I think it is important to find your own writing style and to have the ability of writing in a simple manner.

  • “Read articles about punctuation, sentence styles, developing characters, building visuals, and more.”

    I’d also add that in addition to reading about writing, you need to read great writing — you’ll absorb it by osmosis and in turn, be a better writer yourself.

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  • Sarah says:

    Hi Cardot.

    I see a very strong and powerful post above, and its done by you. Its great that you share tip around how to become a good or better writer.

    The only thing I find hard is the find your self part. But what to do..I guess it takes time.

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