What if you went to your high school reunion and realized none of your classmates aged? Seriously. As in, they are still 18 and you’re...older (not old though!).
This scenario is ridiculous because we expect to age (graciously, of course!). The same is true in our writing. As we spend time journaling or practicing new short stories, we should expect to improve our writing skills. We should expect growth over time.
Our writing careers cannot flourish if we remain stagnant and unwilling to take risks or experiment.
There are external strategies you can try to improve your writing skills. For example, writers can attend a local or virtual writing workshop. I’ve had the pleasure of attending a virtual workshop hosted by Ashley Coleman of WriteLaughDream. What I loved about that workshop was its interactive nature. I was able to practice the skills Ashley taught immediately. I was also able to connect with other writers and receive feedback on my work. Writing workshops are a great way to learn new strategies and skills that can increase your productivity and help you become a stronger writer. If you’re looking for a writing workshop to attend, Ashley is hosting three this summer. You can find all the deets here. (no affiliate, just a lover of Ashley’s work)
Another way writers can intentionally promote growth in their writing is through reading. I am a huge believer in studying what makes “The Greats” great. Writers like Maya Angelou, Shonda Rhimes, and Angie Thomas fascinate me. While reading, I take notes on what speaks to me the most about their works. I look at their sentence structure, grammar, word choices, and descriptions. These notes help me discover which areas I could stand to improve. It’s also helpful to read grammar books which highlight specific rules that are commonly broken and used by amateur writers.
Regardless of how many years you’ve been writing, it’s a good idea to elicit help from an editor or writing coach when needed. Editors and writing coaches point out specific areas you need to focus on. They are very knowledgeable of grammar rules and etiquette. While self-editing is great, there are times when you just need to call the professionals. Cutting corners and learning on your own can only take you so far. You should want your book to be as polished as possible.
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While there are external strategies writers can use to ignite growth, you certainly should not overlook the power of the right mindset. Without a strong mindset, no writing strategy can help you. You have to believe in yourself and the value of what you do. If you’re struggling in this area, grab your free writer mindset worksheet and gain clarity on what’s holding you back from sharing your work.
I’d also like to invite you to join in on our 7-day writing prompt challenge, #TheWriteGrowth. In this challenge, we’ll learn:
- Why we write,
- For whom we write,
- What’s holding us back from embracing our full potential, and
- What we can do to grow and reach our goals.
Join us on Instagram from June 21-27 for a week of self-awareness and connecting with other writers.