A while back, I read about a high school art teacher that decided to do an experiment to determine the most effective method of teaching her students to become sculptors.
She divided her class evenly into two groups. She provided both groups with an unlimited supply of resources and gave the groups two different goals.
She told the first group that their goal was to create the most beautiful vase they could come up with. They were not required to make more than one. They just had to focus on the details of one vase and work to make it absolutely amazing.
She told the second group that their goal was to create as many vases as possible. The quality of these vases did not matter as long as they produced as many as possible. She would make sure that they had all the clay necessary to sculpt as many as they could during the trial.
As the experiment drew to a close, she noticed an insightful concept. The group whose goal was to produce the most vases and not worry about the quality actually began producing much better ones than the group whose sole focus was to make one high quality piece. The quantity group produced the best quality!
Quantity builds quality
That might seem completely backwards but here’s what happened. As that group kept making new vases they began to learn from their mistakes. They began to explore new ways of creating certain features. They began to improve and grow in their skill until they quickly passed the other group in quality.
So you want to write better? Here’s the key: start writing!
Gerard Brenan put it this way, “It is by sitting down to write every morning that one becomes a writer.”
Push yourself to just sit down and pen your thoughts. Then spend a few minutes after each article thinking about what you could have done to write faster and better. Think about how you can add humor to it or how you can make it engage more effectively with your readers.
Don’t waste too much time on one article. Move past that article and start the next one and take with you the lessons that you learned from the previous. Produce article after article and watch as your ability to write improves beyond your peers.
How long have you been writing? What method do you use to improve your writing? How many articles per week do you write on average? How long are each of your articles? What is your strongest point in writing articles? What is your weakest point?