3 Ways To Grow As A Writer

Read, Write, Listen.

Green typewriter and cup of tea

Nothing in life stays the same. Not even you. It’s important to grow in your writing career and to learn constantly from your mistakes. There are lots of ways to do this, but sometimes it’s best to keep things simple. With that in mind, let’s look at three ways you can grow as a writer.

1. Read more.

If you don’t enjoy reading, you shouldn’t be a writer. The best writers are those who love to read, who look at books the way some people look at puppies. The only way you can become a better writer, is to read as often as possible. Don’t stick only to the genre you are writing in. Broaden your mind by reading a variety of stories.

  • Read fiction in all genres

  • Become a Medium member and read articles from all over the world

  • Read magazines

  • Read poetry

  • Read non-fiction

Read. Read. And read some more.

Think of as a form of studying — the more you read, the better you write.

2. Write more.

In order to get better at a craft, you have to keep practising it. Create first drafts, second drafts, third drafts, final drafts. Keep making your work better and better so that one day your natural writing style shines without much polishing.

  • Spend time crafting the perfect email

  • Write letters to your friends or loved ones

  • Write blog posts

  • Write books — fiction or non-fiction

  • Write articles and send to publications

  • Write social media posts that pack a punch

Write. Write. And write some more.

Consider the 100 day writing challenge.

3. Listen

Listen to what others are saying about your work. It’s not easy, but taking constructive criticism into account is key to making your work better.

Listen to others. But also listen to yourself. I once wrote a book where I loved everything except the ending. Despite this, I sent it to my editor because I simply couldn’t figure out how to change it. She edited it, and replied with: “I loved this book, but not the ending.” I should’ve listened to myself. Thankfully, I did listen to her. I spent a lot of time thinking about how I could change the ending, and when I did, the book transformed into something I was proud of.

Want to be a better writer?

📚 Read more. ✍️ Write more. 👂 Listen more.

Thanks for reading. I’m a fiction writer and freelance writer, so when I’m not writing, I’m always thinking about what to write next. Oh, and drinking lots of coffee.

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