We’re writers. We want to become better at it. So we ask: How do I become a better writer?
Often times the answer we hear (or read on the internet) is: Just write.
Really? Just write? Gee, wish I’d thought of that.
The trouble with that advice is that it stunts an artist’s natural talent instead of guiding it and helping it flourish.
Hockey as a Creative Analogy
Think of it this way; a weekend athlete realizes he has a certain amount of talent, skill and ability to play hockey.
However, he wants to get better at it and isn’t sure how.
He knows the other guys on the team are not any better than he is. He knows the coach has nothing to say to improve his slap shot or defense so, what does he do?
He seeks guidance from someone who knows a lot more about playing hockey than he does and can impart this knowledge effectively.
Example: A better coach or pro player.
Do you see how this analogy refers to writing? If not, I don’t blame you.
It means, that you can practice playing hockey/writing regularly with the team mates and the local coach, but if you’re serious about becoming a better player/writer then you have to get coached by someone who really knows what they are doing.
In this case, a proven top writer and/or editor.
If you’re unsure of your skills as a writer or new to publishing, the best thing to do is look for editors on the less expensive end of the scale. Send them all or a portion of your story or manuscript. Especially, the parts you feel most unsure about.
Depending on how long your manuscript is (say 5 pages to 25+) this could run anywhere from $40 to $250.
What you’re looking for in an editorial review is insightful objectivity. An erudite eye that can point out small or large points for correction, as well as, praise when it’s due.
This kind of feedback can do wonders for your writing skills.
It can help highlight and correct repetitive errors you hadn’t noticed.
It can also highlight the great things about your writing you weren’t sure about or even aware of before. Keep writing and keep getting feedback from people who know more about writing than you do. It pays off in the long run.
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Thanks for reading. I wish you many imaginative tales. R.M. Robbins
Main writer’s site: thewritersnexus.com
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