For most people, this is what writing feels like. It’s like swimming through snow only to reach nowhere important. I’ve been meaning to create this article for a while now, people have been asking me, “how do I get better at this?” Well, I have five huge tips to help you start writing more, better, and consistently. (keyword here is start, I never said finish)
1. Believe in Yourself
“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.” –Cyril Connolly
First thing’s first, you have to believe that you can write. If you don’t believe in yourself then you will never have the ability to get the words across the page and the next four tips don’t matter. You have to believe that no matter what happens you’re going to get the words out, also, that your words are good. I never said “amazing” or “exceptional” just good. Good enough for you, good enough for someone to understand, and good enough to read. “Good” writing usually does happen overnight, it’s just a matter of moving the pen or typing and then believing that the world wants to read it, that’s it.
2. Define Writing For You
Every writer has their definition of what it means to be a writer and what it means to write. No matter whether or not you’re a student, adult, child, or teen trying to grasp the ropes of how to write you have to think of what writing means to you. If you’re not in this professionally, that’s fine, but ask yourself, “what kind of writing do I want to improve?” From there, you can find yourself studying the essays you need to get through college, the AP style articles in order to become a better journalist, the novels to become a novelist, or the memoirs to write non-fiction. Either or, there’s something for everyone you just have to figure out what writing means to you.
3. Read “Good” Fiction
This is a bit more specific to my people who want to write a juicy story but can’t seem to find the words. But, if you’re into non-fiction this can help you too.
Again, that word “good” is super subjective, but pretty relevant. You have to find fiction that is “good” in your opinion. What I may define as “good” may not be the same to you, so define what a “good” book is and read it. The more you read work that is interesting to you then the easier it will be to write novels of the breath.
There is a direct correlation to reading and writing. So, if you want to improve your writing then you have to read work within your field. I wouldn’t be a good science fiction writer if I didn’t love reading those kinds of novels.
And, if you find that your given field isn’t fiction, that’s okay, just go find “good” kinds of writing within what you want to improve on. For instance, if you want to get better at essays then find those essays to enhance your writing.
4. Write At Least One Word Per Day
One word per day is better than no words at all. Think about it, if you have the ability to send multiple text messages over the course of the day then you also have the ability to open up the notes app on your phone and click something into your phone. Don’t feel as if it has to be perfect, or what you create has to make sense, or be edited. The point here is to just get your creative juices flowing. Writing is a muscle, if you don’t use it then you won’t have it. To get well at writing you have to write, even if it’s just one word. To get those creative juices flowing you can use either app below.
Prompts (only in the Apple Store)
Writing Prompts Pro (Android)
5. Read Poetry
Often, the reason most people don’t start writing is because there is a daunting feeling about what to write. Poetry is a great reminder to keep things short, simple, and to the point with fewer words than not. If you don’t want to hop into the deep end of writing by opening a book or reading long essays you can always just find a few contemporary poets to read in order to gain some inspiration and stop yourself from giving up.