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.
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.
Learn 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.
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.
Unleash 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.
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.