How To Improve Your Writing: 7 Easy Expert Secrets
Eric Barker stashed this in Diabolical Plans For World Domination
Here’s how to improve your writing:
- “Why would anyone care?”: If you can’t answer this question you’re in deep doo-doo.
- Actually sit down and write: Try skipping this one and let me know how far you get.
- Read: Learn rules. Break rules. Make your own rules. Then you rule.
- Structure: Tell a dirty joke. Then get rid of the dirty. Unless you’re writing something scandalous… in which case, please send me a copy.
- Simplify: (I’d be a hypocrite if I said a lot about this.)
- Know your reader: You know, the guy at that place with the thing. No, the other guy.
- Edit and rewrite: And don’t email me about typos in this post to be clever, wiseass.
These are powerful lessons. But not the most powerful lessons. As Stephen King explains:
You learn best by reading a lot and writing a lot, and the most valuable lessons of all are the ones you teach yourself.
And that means getting to work. But have some fun with it. As Oscar Wilde said:
A writer is someone who has taught his mind to misbehave.