There is no doubt a nearly endless list of things a person can do to improve writing skills. You are a unique individual with your own unique way of being and doing. Your writing skills will improve as you find your personal way to implement these elements!
How Would You Answer These Questions?
- How do you start writing every time you need to?
- Do you know how to finish your writing project?
- Are you a single- or a multi-tasking writer?
- Does it help a writer to read?
- Is the “balance beam” scary to you?
Let’s take a look at 5 more habits that successful bloggers and writers have.
Improve Writing Skills #6: Know How to Start Writing
No matter how magnificent or worthy your writing project, it is just an idle dream until you put the proverbial pen to paper. You must know how to start writing.
Part of this knowledge is simply learning how to prime your own pump. You must create a stream of words daily. This is not as difficult as it might sound.
Easy Ways to Prime the Writing Pump
- Personal journaling
- Free writing
- Daily word count goals for your project
- Writing exercises
- Keeping a diary
How much you write each day is not what matters most, but rather, that you write something every day. In that consistency, you find connection and momentum. You become a writer that way. You are a writer because you write.
Improve Writing Skills #7: Know How to Finish Writing
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is quoted as saying, “Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.” This is as full of wisdom today as it was in the 19th century when it was spoken by this classic writer.
Beginning a writing piece can be a fun and fluid time. Ideas roll forth easily. Motivation runs high. You are filled with hope and plans!
Then you move into that “middle” time. You are working away, pretty comfortable in whatever routine you’ve put together. You’re feeling good.
But then you can come to an abrupt stop if you’re not careful. Self-doubt slips up and whispers in your ear. You may question your choice of topic or your ability to write it. The temptation faces you to just tear up that whole work and stop.
You know your internal editor and your self-critic. They join together and begin to do a song and dance in your head. They are out to stop you because–fill in the blank. The reasons are far-flung yet common in nature.
Determine to finish your draft. There is definitely a time and place for critiquing and editing. The creative process of writing is just not that proper time and place. Finish your draft first. There’ll be time later for ripping and tearing and doing over!
Improve Writing Skills #8: Multi-tasking In the Right Sense
To multi-task or not to multi-task: that is the question. The successful writer has learned to work on more than one project at a time. How can that be?
That doesn’t mean that you are writing with a pen in your right hand and a computer in the other! But you can have multiple projects working. When the going gets tough on one, you leave it for a time and move into a different one.
That little change from one project to another is often the boost you need to keep the flow going. All your projects move forward together, and your sense of accomplishment is much greater.
The key factor in this type of multi-tasking is recognizing when it’s time to change. Notice when your momentum decreases or when your ideas go stale. Are you wanting to quit? Are you tired or bored? When those triggers pop up, pay attention. It’s time for a change.
Improve Writing Skills #9: Be a Reader
You might not think about a writer being a reader, but it’s a great idea. Many successful writers admit to being avid readers, usually on a wide range of topics and interests.
Why not read? Doing so gives you experience at the receiving end of someone else’s writing. That means it can be a great practice for honing your own writing skills. After all, don’t you want your reader to be interested in your writing? Of course, you do!
Reading makes you an observer of writing by others. Therefore, you learn to recognize elements that you like and don’t like. You are free to incorporate the good into your own style while assuring that you avoid those things you dislike as a reader.
Improve Writing Skills #10: Balance Writing With the Rest of Your Life
Today’s successful blogger or writer is not necessarily just like all the other successful writers that have come down the road in the past. You live in a world that is ultra busy all the time. That is a fact that doesn’t seem to diminish with time these days.
“Balance” is the word of the century. Everything is a balancing act. Therefore, you as a writer must learn to balance your writing time with all the other areas of your life.
Spouse, family, kids, work, school, sports….so many things to do and so little time to do them all. Where does your writing fall in this daily mix? All too often it falls to the side never to be touched until “I have time.” This has to change for every serious writer. You don’t ever have time; you MAKE time.
It’s called priorities. Here’s the simple bare truth: we pretty much do what we really want to do. You have to want to write strongly enough to make room for it every day. To do anything less than that is to make excuses and deny the writer that you are or want to be.
So, does that sound harsh to you? It’s not meant to upset you. Instead, see it as a call to action. Get serious with your writing. Make the time for it, even if it’s just an hour or half an hour a day. Start there and increase it as you can.
There You Have It!
Now you have a good idea of some of the main habits that propel successful bloggers and writers forward in their writing projects. You can master each and every one of them yourself. It only takes time and the decision to just do it. Get started today.
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