- Keep learning
- Keep reading
- Encourage and be encouraged
- Write (practice makes perfect!)
- Give freely.
1. Keep learning
If we want to go to the next level in our writing, we need to keep learning. This is true with every area of our lives, whatever our level of expertise. There is always something new to learn! When my husband and I moved into our new home, the garden was a mess – we have had fun deciding what to do with it and learning a thing or two about plants. Being beginners, no doubt we will make mistakes! Writing is no different – there’s always more to learn. We’re only gardening for ourselves, but if you are serious about writing for others, please consider taking a course, or at least signing up for our free monthly writing tips (fill in the boxes above) – you will be amazed how much you will learn! Click here for the Write for a Reason course.
2. Keep reading
Reading is a great way to see how other authors have approached their stories. What can we learn from them – the good and the bad? What has worked and what could be improved on? Reading also increases our vocabulary, teaches us what our target readers are enjoying, and gives us something to aim for!
3. Encourage and be encouraged
Writing can be a lonely task, and we all need encouragement. Why not join a writers group in your area, or a postal group? The Association of Christian Writers run a selection of groups . . . might one of them suit you? If you want to be encouraged, the best way is to encourage others, so consider how you could do that. Perhaps you could start a group in your home?
Just about everything we do in life improves with practice, whether it’s swimming, playing the piano, sharing our faith or writing stories. So it stands to reason that the more you write, the better your writing will be. I have been baking cakes for years and I have to say my sponge cakes are pretty good :-.) Skills like cake-making rarely arrive overnight, though – I had a good few disasters when I first started, and still do sometimes! So keep writing – every day if you can. Keeping a journal and entering writing competitions are great ways to get some good writing practice.
5. Give freely
We would all love to be published and make money from our work . . . but while we are working on that, why not write letters to prisoners of faith, send words of encouragement to missionary friends, or write stories for nephews and nieces? 🙂 There is nothing wrong with small beginnings, and you will get lots of practice at the same time!
So there you go – five keys for aspiring writers. Get that key fob out and start opening some doors!