One of the main reasons I started a blog/website is to improve my writing skills. As for any other human skill, writing requires work and practice.
Today I will write some of the best tips to help anyone to get started as a writer.
1- Write every day
Try to write every single day. Or at least write often, because the idea is that repetition will lead to improvements. Also, you will gain discipline that will help you down the road.
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Bill Gates, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” —Unknown
You can use websites, like Medium or Quora, to publish what you write. Thus making your content available to a huge audience.
2- Read every day
Read is about learning strategies to deliver information and content. In conclusion, find time to read, and focus on those sentences that really inspired you.
Remember how to deliver a message in a concise and interesting way.
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time — or the tools — to write. Simple as that.” – Stephen King
3- Stop worrying about perfection
We are all human, and in that way, we can and will make mistakes. Embrace them. Mistakes are events where you can learn and improve your future you. As a result, you need to value them.
The Japanese have a philosophy called Wabi-Sabi that basically means to accept and nurture the imperfection.
“Wabi-sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional.” – Leonard Koren
4- Have your own workspace
Having your own space (with a door) where you can be totally concentrated is very important. A place where you can disconnect from the world and give freedom to your creativity.
5- Give yourself weekly objectives
This will help you to stay the course, and to measure your performance. For example, you can answer at least once a day on Quora. Also, publish something on Medium every week. Don’t be too hard on yourself nor too soft.
If you are starting a book, depending on the subject, you can try to write a chapter every week or month. In conclusion, be flexible but persistent.
“The moment you put a deadline on your dream, it becomes a goal.”
― Harsha Bhogle
6- Get early feedback
One of the reasons I’m insisting for everyone to publish anything they write since day 1, is that you can have immediate feedback. Ask for help from friends and family. Show them your work, and ask for an honest opinion.
Remember a reader is a friend. Therefore it can help you improve your style and the way you deliver your message.
“Neither care too much nor too little about the feedback of others.”
― Miles Anthony Smith
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