Read to be a Better Writer

One of the easiest ways to become a better writer is to read. Read how other people have expressed their ideas and stories. Be observant and critical. If you find something that is beautiful, captivating, or well-written, analyze it until you’ve figured out how it was done. If you find something that is tedious, awful, or poorly-written, do the same.Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 4.26.55 PM

Write something. Keep reading. Look for things that others do that you didn’t. Accept it as silent advice. Read what you wrote. Laugh, cry, and try not to pity yourself too much as you edit and revise the heck out of your written words.

Repeat.

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4 thoughts on “Read to be a Better Writer

  1. And that’s why I’m reading this blog. But let the editing begin. Taken out of context, or read alone, this sounds as if you’re making a recommendation: “If you find something that is tedious, awful, or poorly-written, do the same.”

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    1. 🙂 It’s not bad advice though: practice writing poorly in order to improve how you normally write. It would certainly help you recognize the differences between the two. It would also be good practice for writing dialogue for certain types of characters.

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