Having trouble as a writer? I feel you. I experience that on many occasions. Well, I came across some good tips on the Internet and thought I’d share. They address the discipline of writing and how to improve one’s overall efforts:
1. Three Tips to Improve Your Writing Skills – This site gives a rundown of the basics that every writer should implement in their routine. Having a solid sense of grammar, being an avid reader, and continual practice are the main points stressed here.
2. 8 Writing Tips from C.S. Lewis – If you know me, you know I’m a huge fan of C.S. Lewis. Here he gives some thoughtful one-liners on how to improve your writing. It includes an outsider’s insightful commentary for each one.
3. 10 Tips on How to Write Less Badly – A professor from Duke University gives a little bit of advice on how to improve your writing, especially useful for dissertations and papers.
I don’t have much personal advice to give besides what’s mentioned in these links, but I would also make it a point to not be discouraged or complacent. On one hand, it is easy to read over what you have just written and prematurely pan it because it stinks and just give up. But don’t–you just need to keep at it. Write more, read more, learn more, and you’ll improve.
But it is also easy to settle for good quality writing when it can be excellent or better. Don’t ever settle. The best writers spend time mulling over every little article, adjective, and preposition. I know I do.
I hope this helps…best wishes to my fellow writers out there!