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 didn’t start off that way. They got better over time and by staying true to their craft.

For example, if you picked up the earliest novels of a writer like Stephen King, and compare them to his more recent titles, you’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 isn’t something you can commit to, something that can keep you awake at night pondering a new idea, it’s unlikely that you can improve at it. Like old wine, writing gets better with time.

And I’m not just talking fiction writing here. 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 – scribble your thoughts down, jot story ideas as they come to you, carry a notepad at hand (it’s easy to know a writer when you meet one), work on your draft and characters by making them come alive.

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