How to become a better writer in 30 days

Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.
~ William Faulkner

This morning I saw an interesting group writing project on Blue Jar.

Since I write daily about “writing daily” I thought my list should be a compilation of everything I write about at The Writing Nag.

How to become a “better” writer in 30 days

1. Take Mr. Faulkner’s advice and read, read, read.
2. Clean up the clutter on your desk and in your mind.
3. Write daily about things you are passionate about.
4. Never stop learning, take a class, study the craft, find a mentor.
5. Increase your vocabulary.
6. Find a good critique group that will support your dream.
7. Learn how to take constructive criticism and praise.
8. Take yourself seriously but don’t lose your sense of humor.
9. Submit, submit, submit.
10. Don’t give up after 30 days. Persistence is key!

Today, write your own list and how you can improve as a writer in the next 30 days! Now get back to work!


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3 Replies to “How to become a better writer in 30 days”

  1. Read, read, read and write, write, write!! I definately agree. Especially you must just write as much as possible. You don’t get better by not doing something.

  2. I agree with MDB – “you don’t get better by not doing something!” You must keep plugging away and honing your craft.

    I also agree with reading as much as you can….I’ve always been a voracious reader, which I do believe is extremely helpful if you wish to write.


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