Writing isn’t easy. It takes a lot of time and effort to see an idea turn into something worth querying or publishing. And often, it takes a while to improve your writing. There is so much to learn about the craft of writing. You can’t expect to see drastic improvement over night. You have to allow time to learn about the art and to practice it. The more you learn, and the more you practice, the better you will become. You can become a better writer with time.
It may seem daunting, but learning about a topic and then practicing it really is the best way to improve. There is no magic tip or method to becoming an instant best selling author. But there are also a few easy things you can do to become a better writer now.
3 Easy Ways to Become a Better Writer Now
Set Realistic Expectations
Ask yourself what you expect to accomplish as a writer.
Now, are those expectations what you actually want to accomplish, or what you think a writer should be expected to accomplish? Odds are, some of them are simply what you think is expected of a writer. There is no rule about how often you have to publish or how quickly you have to write. There are no rules about how long you have to write, or how many words you have to write in a writing session. Every writer is different, so the only expectations you should worry about are the ones you want to expect of yourself.
Once you set realistic expectations you won’t be weighed down by what you thought you had to expect of yourself. This will relieve you of so much stress and enable you to focus on your writing and becoming the writer you actually want to be.
Set SMART Goals and Make a Plan
Now that you know what you expect of yourself, it’s time to set goals to help you reach your expectations. This is crucial. If you don’t set goals, you won’t have a way of knowing if you are making progress. And making a plan that details how you will achieve those goals is a huge guarantee that you will achieve your goals.
Setting goals and making plans is one of the best things you can do right now to become a better writer.
Initiate a Writing Routine
This might take time to perfect, but you can start a writing routine today. If you already have a routine, you can improve it. Decide if you write best in the morning or in the evening. With or without music. Do you eat while you write? What do you like to drink? Now, this is not to suggest that you have to have the perfect mug of tea or coffee or else you can’t write. You can write in almost any situation if you decide to. But, given your ideal situation, it’s important to know how you write best. It’s not a good idea to think you cannot ever write if you aren’t wearing a certain pair of socks, but it is okay to recognize and indulge in the fact that you really enjoy writing with your purple and blue striped socks (if they are clean and accessible). It is okay to realize and indulge in the fact that you write best while sucking on something minty.
Find a routine that works for you, indulge in some of your quirks, but don’t let them keep you from writing.
How can you improve your writing routine to become a better writer today?
If your writing life isn’t where you want it to be, if you are looking to become a better writer, the biggest changes will take time. But there are things you can do right now to become a better writer.