Writing is a difficult job, like every other job. It’s a craft and takes practice, hard work, and enrolment to become commendable.
So once you decide on being a writer, you have to choose the type of writing you intend to do. For example, there are poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and also choose the genre like science, philosophy, arts, and many others.
It all starts with experimenting with whatever comes to your mind. Sometimes you churn out fictional stories to draw a point, and sometimes you paint a picture of break up with poetry.
But all of those words are unable to connect. When you haven’t read enough of the writing, you think you are making good progress.
Or consider that writing 3 to 4 lines gives you a sensation that you have written enough. Only when you explore the writing world – you come across masters who write daily, read many times, and keeps on challenging their craft to another level. For example, writing 2000 words every day with the intent to form it as a habit. Most of that writing is going to be crap, and that’s the point. You are doing this to push yourself. So in order to write every day that much, you will go out and experience, see, make conclusions in addition to reading many different genres.
The Gradual Growth
Once you start writing seriously, it starts to take off. Your writing seems to improve at a faster pace than before.
One way to do this is to shatter your beliefs. You might think you are capable of writing only 1 article per week. Try to come up with 2 ideas, and then slowly you will end up with more than 1 idea in a day.
The process isn’t to publish everything. While you can do so, it is a practice habit, so when you publish at whatever frequency it is your best work by many hours of grilling.
There is no way you can’t grow if you put in hard work. It might take years, but you will see the progression – the ability to form better sentences, writing things which make sense and writing faster.
You get rid of the disturbance time with practice. Earlier when you were writing 100 words, you spent half the time pondering, getting tired and typing slowly.
In contrast, now you write focused, fast, and the ideas keep flowing. So you end up writing more and better in the same time frame.
Writing is a subjective art. While many things can be objectively improved, it boils down to the readers. If enough people read and give approvals for your writing, then that is sufficient for you.
You may not need to go and become the best in writing like many great authors. And this information is crucial.
Because it means you don’t have to strive to write perfectly. You need to write in a good enough way.
But the thing you are writing about needs to be something people are craving for. You may write in high-level jargon about something useful to everyday people. Although your writing is incredible, it isn’t helpful.
Hence, you must note who is reading your content and use the languages, style, and tone accordingly. That way, you have higher chances of success. Else, your writing will be lost in the ever-growing base of a content dump on the internet.
It helps if you ask – what is that you are hoping to solve and what your ideal reader is looking for. The mutualism of these two will be the magic you are looking for.
At this point, you might be thinking about where do stories fit in. Maybe it exists in fiction writing because that is what the name suggests.
So if you are non-fiction write or a poet, you can skip on being good at the story. And at this moment, I need you to think about a good and bad time from your life. Go ahead and speak it loud.
Chances are you told the incident with emotions, arc, and final act. For example, ‘I was thirsty after climbing for 2 hours, and there was no water available. The last stretch was challenging; I almost gave up. But then my friends pushed me and then with every last bit of energy, I tried and boom I got at the top. And then I drank the water which was available over there. Water never tasted so good.
This story – is it a fiction or non-fiction. It isn’t something you have imagined, it is a real story, and something positive can be taken from it.
The crux is whatever form of writing you do or whoever your client is – be it some old tech company whose customer base is above 50 years old people, you need stories.
And those stories help connect, see more in-depth meaning, and help your readers join in. Try to read any excellent writing as per your standard, and you can see story woven into it.
Try to make up stories, draw from real-life examples, add depth – this will all help in you becoming a better writer. What is your life you are living – a movie in the making made of many sub-stories, isn’t it?