First, it takes a commitment to improve. A decision that you want to get better and are willing to invest the time and energy necessary for the process.
For instance, if you want to become a stronger athlete, you have to train for hours on a regular schedule, adopt a healthy diet, get the right amount of rest.
A musician must practice extensively to become better, spend time doing scales and basic chords before he can begin to create melodies of his own.
And a writer? Stephen King tells us in his book On Writing, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
He goes on to say, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
So I’m reading like crazy – books on the mechanics of writing, fiction, nonfiction – you name it, I’m reading it. And I’m writing every morning – getting up early to allow at least 30-45 minutes of writing time.
One other thing I am doing to become better is to learn from a great writer. I have signed up for a 16-week course called Blog Topics: Master Class with Chris Brogan, which will take my writing skills soaring to new levels. Chris is a New York Times bestselling author and one of the top 5 bloggers in the Advertising Age Power 150.
Weekly lessons, practice exercises, video instruction and interviews with writing experts enrich the learning. There’s even homework that you are held accountable for, so you get hands on experience with the techniques and ideas you are studying.
Plus, Chris is available by email to answer questions and give critiques. How can you not become a better writer?
So that’s what I’m doing to improve – who wants to join me?