I recently met with a coaching client who wanted to know how to become a better writer.
If you've ever felt like you're not a good writer, or felt like you have a long way to go to improve, you're not alone.
I've always been a writer, but that doesn't mean I've always been a good writer. I’ve been writing as long as I can remember, but about 5 years ago, I finally started writing in public.
In 2010, I first started my first blog about personal finance. At first it was disjointed and didn’t have great flow. I was writing about whatever was on my mind. But once I started Unsettle I really started to focus on my writing to make sure that my message was getting across. My writing has been five plus years in the making, and is still a work in progress. Creating strong arguments in the written word work like magic when you’re trying to organize thoughts in your head. Writing also separates you from the crowd. It helps position you as an expert. So writing is important… But difficult. Luckily, writers are made, not born. In this episode, I’m going to share some tips to help you become a better writer.
How to Become a Better Writer:
- Publish consistently, publicly.
- Study the writing of those you love.
- Read. A lot.
- Play with perspective and emotion.
- Change your angle.
- Read your writing out loud.
- Write your conclusion first.
- Don’t wait until you’re inspired.
“ Writing is a practice. It’s just like any other skill. You get better at it because you put in the time” Start with a small goal. Meet those goals and constantly re-evaluate them. Inspiration strikes when you have your butt in the chair. I have no doubt that if you follow these tips you’ll see a huge improvement in your writing, but if you want honest writing critique, visit the Unsettle Facebook group, work with your peers and get some critiques from your fellow bloggers and authors.
Mentioned in this Show:
- Recommended Reading: The War of Art – Steven Pressfield Daily Rituals: How Artists Work – Mason Currey
- Recommended app: Byword
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