However, I do have one theory, broken down into three steps, as to how to go about becoming a better writer.
They’re simple really—at least simple to understand, but they’re extremely difficult to implement.
First, you must read. Seems obvious, right? But beneath this lies a willingness to set aside time to actually open a book.
At first you’ll do it begrudgingly, but eventually you’ll come to crave the time in your day that you set aside to read.
Secondly, you must write. I mean, duh! Writers wouldn’t be writers if they didn’t write, right?
Seems silly, but actually this requires a deep commitment to constantly working on honing your craft. Everyday I struggle with this one.
I always feel great after I have written, but before I begin to write there’s always a cold sense of dread. I’m trying to train myself to love the process, rather than the end result.
The second step becomes considerably easier when you implement the third step, which is to acknowledge that you are a writer, both personally and publicly.
When you vocally claim something to yourself, and more importantly to other people, it makes it infinitely harder to back down. First you speak it, then you believe it, and then you become it.
You are what you believe you are, so why be shaky about it? If you want to be a writer, then declare that you are a writer, and back it up by writing and reading daily.
I can’t guarantee that these three steps will make you a great writer, and statistically the odds are against you, but I can guarantee they will make you a better writer.
And I don’t care who you are, you can always be a better writer.
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