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

If you’re more of a maverick, you can study writing by:

Reading books on writing**:
Strunk and White’s Elements of Style, Stephen King’s On Writing, and Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird are well-known writing classics.
Lisa Cron’s Story Genius is a must-have for novelists, William Zinsser’s On Writing Well is the nonfiction writer’s manual, and many bloggers have written a lot about the craft AND business of writing, like Darren Hardy (ProBlogger) and Jeff Goins (Real Artists Don’t Starve).
Creating a system to study specific aspects of the writing that you want to do. (Aspiring bloggers, for instance, need to study headline-writing. So a blogger could practice writing 100 headlines a day, like Smart Blogger CEO Jon Morrow did when he was starting out.)
Conducting an in-depth analysis of a book, a blog, or a writer’s portfolio.

You won’t become a good writer if you only “write a lot,” just like a child learning the piano will not get better if s/he mindlessly plays the same piece over and over again.

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