It’s Hard to Be a Good Writer?

Is it hard to be a good writer? Of course not.

All you have to do is:

  1. Write a lot, until you get really, really good. Then, write some more.
  2. Practice, practice, practice.
  3. Be open to lots of negative feedback. Use it as constructive criticism (even if it’s meant to be destructive), and get better.
  4. Identify your niche as a writer and concentrate on that. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Zero in on what makes you unique as a writer.
  5. Write some more.
  6. Collaborate with other (better) writers on projects for free… just to gain experience.
  7. Coach others on how to write. Teaching always makes you a better practitioner of what you’re trying to educate others on how to do.
  8. Commit to writing every day.
  9. Stay committed.
  10. Keep writing.

Is being a good writer hard? Of course not. It just takes time and a lot of work. I wouldn’t say that it’s easy, but it’s certainly not hard, either.

Come to think of it, most disciplines aren’t hard. They just require, well, discipline.

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2 Comments on “It’s Hard to Be a Good Writer?”

  1. ohemgillie says:

    Excellent advice. The only thing I would add is to read constantly, and not only things that affirm your tastes and preferences.

    Don’t force yourself to finish something you truly, deeply hate, but challenge yourself to find some redeeming value in it.

    Take chances on books and writers you’ve never heard of.

    Even if you’re a prose writer, learn how to read poetry (I still need to work on this one).

  2. Jeff Goins says:

    Agreed. Reading is essential to becoming a great writer.


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