Want to be a Great Writer? Then Don’t Focus on Writing. (Do This Instead)

These are just suggestions. You may want to imitate one, some, or all of these ideas, but whatever you decide, just pick one and get started. Time’s a-wastin’!

Step 3. Hone your craft
Writing is a craft, and like any other craft, it has rules and recognized levels of proficiency. Not everyone who picks up a pen or types words on a keyboard is a good writer.

You’re probably no Seth Godin at the moment (if you are, Mr. Godin, I’m honored that you took the time to read this!) but that doesn’t mean you can’t become a great writer as well. You just have to get better at writing.

And there are so many things you can do to get better at writing.

Most people simply use the “read and write a lot” strategy. It’s the automatic, no-brainer, easy-peasy method that all of us resort to when we’re not thinking to hard about it.

And you can just read a lot of good writing and write a lot and become a better writer by osmosis.

But there are problems with this kind of mentality:

  • The people who think they are reading and writing “a lot” often aren’t. And:
  • There are faster ways of improving at writing (they’re just harder, which is why most people don’t do them)
    If you want to get good at anything, you need to learn how to learn. This is true in writing too.

So how do you do that?

If you prefer to have some guidance, you can hire a writing coach or purchase a writing course, and then DO THE HOMEWORK.

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