One of the things I need to do is write more and write better. I acknowledge that the key to writing better is to practice.
Yes we need to learn what makes writing better, but simply by putting more words to paper, we will get better.
First from Jeff Goins site here are seven tips for more effective writing:
- Challenge Yourself
- Be Yourself
- Don’t write like an Idiot
- Start Small
- Don’t give up
- Learn to pitch your pieces.
I think for me the ones I need to focus on are practicing, challenging myself with specific topics, and being myself. The latter – leads into another article about finding your writing voice that I recently read.
Joy Tanksley writes that to find your voice you need to write what you know (or I believe do great research), then write like you talk, get into a flow of writing, and to start off with, forget conventions – just get the words down on paper.
My research on writing lead me to a great article about how to write daily. Julie Isaac lists these five steps:
- Make a commitment
- Make a list of the top 10 reasons why you want to write daily.
- Make writing top priority
- Write first
- Break your daily goal into smaller goals.
I believe I need to make that list of to 10 reasons and post it on my bulletin board. Then I need to make writing a priority – as it now is not at the top of what I do.
Onward and Upward,