Before you improve your writing, you might need to improve yourself as a writer.
I’m a firm believer that you need to improve as a writer before you can improve your writing. You can study character development, plot, and setting day and night, but if you don’t have the motivation to sit in that chair and write, you won’t get very far. If you don’t know what writing environment or lifestyle works for you, it’ll be hard to write consistently and and make any progress.
That’s why you need to have a basic understanding of yourself as a writer before you can focus on the craft of writing. Improving yourself as a writer will give you the confidence and motivation you need to begin writing, and to keep writing.
But how can you improve yourself as a writer? I’ve got a list of 23 ways. Some may be more helpful than others, so focus on what works for you. Most of the items on the list will be most useful before you even start writing, but some of them will also be useful as you write and after you finish a draft or writing session.
Writer, are you ready to improve yourself?
Before You Write
Laying a solid foundation that you can fall back on before you even start writing can make a huge difference in how you write. Beginning a new writing project or a writing session with the following tips will give you the best start possible. They will help you begin writing with confidence and a positive mindset.
- Believe in yourself
- Set goals and make plans
- Reflect on who you are as a writer
- Create a mantra
- Establish a routine
- Have a writing space that works for you
- Have a system to track word count and writing time
- Know why you write
- Know your outline style (planner or pantser)
- Consider using a planner
- Call yourself a writer (You are one!)
- Have a plan for when you don’t want to write
- Know your writing style
While You Write
Having a few resources or tips to turn to when writing becomes difficult will keep you focused and capable of getting past any hurdle. Despite your best efforts, there will be days when you don’t feel like writing. While some writers may claim they enjoy every stage of the writing process, I do not believe this is the norm. I personally prefer the first draft and struggle more during revision. It’s okay to have moments during the writing process that you don’t entirely enjoy. There will be many days when writing feels hard, and it will be tempting to give up. When you aren’t in your favorite part of writing, or it feels like it would be easier to give up, having a few ways to improve and keep yourself in a positive mindset will help you stay motivated to write, even on the hardest days.
- Find success daily
- Experiment with your routine
- Crush your writing fears
- Defeat your inner critic
- Combat writer’s block
- Don’t be afraid to get help
After You Write
So you’ve finished a writing session, or a major draft. Congratulations! To keep improving and avoid burnout, the following tips can keep you going as you prepare for another writing session or subsequent round of revisions. Writing consistently can take a toll if you don’t find ways to recharge or solve the problems that you will encounter. If you truly want to progress as a writer, you will benefit from a few additional tips.
- Pursue other creative outlets
- Take a break
- Learn what you don’t know
- Join a critique group
There is so much you can do to improve as a writer. I never want you to feel like you aren’t good enough to be the writer you dream of being. These lists can help you begin your journey as a writer, and they can help see you through to the very end. I hope you will refer to them often. Be sure to save this post to Pinterest so you can access it more easily when you need it most.
How are you most excited to improve yourself?