4. Keep at It

You learn to be a good writer by writing.

Not by wishing it or by daydreaming about it.

The great writers you know of today didnโ€™t start off that way.

They got better over time and by staying true to their craft.2

For example, if you picked up the earliest novels of a writer like Stephen King, and compare them to his more recent titles, youโ€™re sure to spot a difference in depth and language.

Of course, the writing style and tone may still be the same, but there would be a difference in delivery.

If writing isnโ€™t something you can commit to, something that can keep you awake at night pondering a new idea, itโ€™s unlikely that you can improve at it.

Like old wine, writing gets better with time.

And Iโ€™m not just talking fiction writing here.2

Whatever kind of writing you do, whether it's journalism, non-fiction, article writing, blog content writer or reviews, a spark of creative genius is important for bringing life into your work.

Again, if you really want to be a writer, then you must pay attention to the craft.

Devote several hours every week to writing โ€“ scribble your thoughts down, jot story ideas as they come to you, carry a notepad at hand (itโ€™s easy to know a writer when you meet one), work on your draft and characters by making them come alive.2

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