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Top 5 Tips to Becoming a Better Writer

We learn throughout our lives. It's those who take those lessons and put them into practice who are successful. These are the top five tips that, if put into practice, will make you a better writer.

1. Read!

This is the most important tip. Read, read, read, read. I cannot stress this enough. Reading allows you to learn about story structure, pacing, and grammar, among other things, organically. Most importantly, reading allows you to build your vocabulary. The more words you can use, the more interesting your writing becomes.

2. Be Teachable

Learning doesn't stop when you graduate from school. In fact, the most valuable teachings are given in the real world. Don't close yourself off to learning from your (or others') mistakes. If someone with more experience gives you advice, take it into consideration. You will have teachable moments as a writer, and it's those moments that make you a better writer.

3. Take Your Time

It is tempting to rush through a piece of writing just to get it done and begin reaping the benefits. I assure you, if you do this, your work will not be any good (I know this from experience). Instead, take the time to craft your writing. Put thought into the content and how you form the sentences; it all makes a difference in the finished piece.

4. Submit Your Work (If Only for the Critiques)

It's scary to submit your piece to someone only for them to tell you it's not what they're looking for, or worse yet, tear it apart. If you're like me, each rejection or negative review will have you holed up in your bedroom for a week or two, refusing to write anything. However, the one thing every writer must remember is that submitting your work, and having someone tear it apart, is incredibly valuable in helping you improve your writing. Submit often and learn to have a thick skin. It'll pay off.

5. Remember: It's About the Story, Not the Writing

If you want to become a writer who creates content that everyone loves to read, it helps to become a master wordsmith, but it's not really necessary. Storytelling is key here, and it doesn't matter what type of writer you are. If you can craft a good story and your grammar is not so bad as to the point of distraction, then you are considered a great writer. Work on your storytelling and the rest will fall into place.


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