Any writer, even one just starting out, knows we need to write and read a lot to get better.
It’s just a matter of exposure and practice after all.
However, in the last few months, I have found a specific way to get better even faster. Obviously, I’ve still got ways to improve and will continue to do using this simple trick.
You’re not alone
You may just be starting or you may have been writing for ages. Either way, you are certainly aware an innumerable amount of people are writing on a constant basis.
Yes, you need to write to get better. But if you don’t read at all, you will keep the same style, the same type of topic and won’t be able to progress that much.
Reading other people’s work helps greatly so you should do so as much as possible. Analyzing their pieces will provide you with insights on how other successful writers develop their ideas.
However, there will always be aspects you won’t be able to notice on your own.
This is where articles about writing come into play.
No confusion, all insights
Articles which are expressively on the topic of writing are among the most useful pieces you can read.
In such articles, aspects you would have overlooked in one about another topic are clearly written out.
Think you’ve got your content written down in an easy to follow way? Well, there’s an article about a technique to make the reader follow more clearly.
Think your sentences are too long? There’s an article about shortening sentence while staying clear.
Oh, you’re getting loads of views but nobody seems to finish reading? There’s an article on cutting your ideas into a number of small posts.
No matter your trouble, someone has definitely written about a way to fix it.
And yes, even if you don’t think you’ve got problems, following people who write extensively about writing could give you insights about ways to further better your style.
Don’t forget to analyze the article too!
Yes, reading about advice on writing is extremely useful. But this doesn’t mean you should just focus on this. Don’t forget to do what you do with other pieces.
Read the content and understand the presentation.
Why did the writer choose to develop her idea in that way? Why did I feel hooked until the end of the piece? How did the writer use his own advice in the article?
So many questions. So many answers.
There’ll always be something more to learn, so dig in and use all the great resources you can find! Even if it might feel weird at first to read about writing itself.