Is it Hard to Be a Good Writer?

I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.” James Michener

Is it Hard to Be a Good Writer? Of course not.

Here are ten suggestions to become a good writer:

  1. Write a lot. Keep writing until you get really, really good at it.
  2. And when you feel you can’t write anymore, write some more.
  3. Be open to a lot of negative feedback. And even if it’s meant to be destructive, use it as constructive criticism… and get better.
  4. Zero in on what makes you a unique writer. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Widen your audience by narrowing your subject.
  5. Write some more.
  6. Find other (better) writers and collaborate on projects. This will give you lots of great experience.
  7. Teach and coach other writers on how to write. Teaching a subject always makes you a better practitioner of what you’re trying to educate others on how to do.
  8. Commit to writing every day. And better yet, actually do it.
  9. Be committed to your writing. Stay the course.
  10. Keep writing. Never give up.

So, is being a good writer hard? No, not really. It just takes time. Let me say it again…it just takes time and a lot of work.

The bottom line is this: The secret to becoming a good writer is that they don’t start out good…they just end up that way!

Keep writing!

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