I think as writers we are always trying to improve our craft, but sometimes it’s hard to tell if we are improving, or just pushing forward. These are some of the suggestions I’ve been given to continue improving, so I thought I would share them:
- Writing– practice doesn’t make perfect, but it does help
- Critique groups– finding like-minded people to give you honest answers
- Workshops or Classes– learning from people with more experience
- Reading Books on Writing– new ideas can always be helpful
- Blogs– reading blogs from other writers is a quick way of learning something new
Most people believe if they write a lot, they will become the kind of writer they want to be, but I disagree. Practice can help, but as a teacher, I know that it takes more than just writing to get better. Sometimes we are simply limited by our own strengths and weakness, and we can benefit from someone with more experience helping us.
From my experience, a writing group has been one of the most beneficial things I could have done to help myself in becoming a better writer. When I receive feedback from other writers, I improve as a writer, and when I give feedback, I learn through identifying others strengths and weaknesses. There are a lot of sites online you can visit to help meet other writers in your area, and I would suggest checking these out, if you feel you could benefit from the experience of other writers.
One thing I haven’t done yet is view online writing workshops. I’ve taken writing classes in the past, but I love the idea of taking a workshop on a topic specific to what I’m struggling with. Many of the writers I work with swear by writing workshops, so I think this will be my next step.
What other ways help you to improve as a writer? What do you think has helped you the most?