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The More You Write, the Better You Write

10th January 2013 Posted in Blog, Writing 4 Comments

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You’ve read all of the writing advice you can find. Most of it is common sense, and some of it doesn’t apply to all types of writing. But there is one piece of advice that is often dismissed because life gets busy and it seems more like homework than professional development:

Write more.

While you don’t have endless free time or even the motivation to write more than you do right now, this piece of advice is one to follow – daily. The more you write, the more you will hone your craft, even if you don’t see it yourself. When you write more, you begin to cultivate your own voice and you begin to see what works well and what does not.

Ideas to Add More Writing to Your Day

  • Challenge yourself to write one page more – Every day, write another page about something that excites you.
  • Buddy up with another writer – Partner with another writer to see how much more you can write when you know someone else is going to check in with you.
  • Spend some time on the weekends writing – Before you spend your weekend on the couch, put in an extra hour of writing.

Remember, while you’re not getting extra credit for this work, you are getting ahead of others who don’t feel using their free time writing is worth the effort. There’s a reason why Stephen King is so good – he, reportedly, writes 10,000 words a day.

You don’t need to go that far.

What other tips can you suggest for writing more? Please leave a comment.

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  1. By Stephanie Hilliardon 10th, January 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I would suggest that you look at all the writing you do as practice. Currently, my main writing focus has been blogging. But the school papers I’ve written the past few years for undergraduate and graduate work have been what really showed me that I could write well. It would be tempting to consider those “not real writing” since I likely won’t be doing research when I graduate. But all writing hones your craft, even writing e-mails or business letters.

  2. By editoron 10th, January 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Thanks for you comment, Stephanie. Good points.

  3. By Susan Garciaon 15th, January 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I find that I am more disciplined about writing every day if I give myself an artificial “assignment” about something. I learned in grad school that I am more apt to write if I feel I’m writing for a purpose. Helps me combat laziness.

  4. By editoron 16th, January 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Thanks for the idea, Susan!

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