I’m going to offer some advice today that seems simplistic, so basic as to be ridiculous. Yet recently, I’ve experienced people who have neglected these 2 important strategies that are pretty much guaranteed to improve their writing abilities. So here I am repeating them.
Almost every book about writing offers the following advice. (The wording might vary according to the delicacy of the audience, but the meaning is the same.)
Okay, so you might need more than a chair. This guy isn’t going to get much writing done if he doesn’t pick up a pen!
1) PUT YOUR TUSH IN THE CHAIR.
By this, of course, we learn that if you tell us you want to write, well that’s a nice sentiment. But we know that you mean it if you sit at a desk, pick up a pen (or keyboard) and actually practice writing. Certainly weekly, and preferably daily, you need to write. A human being is only a writer if s/he is a person who writes. Continue reading