Dear Writer Friends,
Today’s creative writing tip has come up over and over again in our Write for a Reason writing groups… is my writing good enough? Is my story good enough?
In my opinion we fret way too much over this question.
Suppose we decide to learn to play the piano – it’s going to take time. Our first piece may be stilted and heavy-handed – but what an achievement! As we progress, we might look back and laugh at our first attempts. However much talent we have been given by God, there is absolutely no short cut to getting better… we have to practice.
So if we want our writing to improve, the key is to keep writing. Write a story for a child you love. Write a simple story with a clear beginning, middle and end. Plan it carefully. Do your very best! Give it to your child to read, then get on with the next story.
This is the only way you can improve – there are no short cuts. Learning about writing is useful, reading other books is important, going to writing groups is inspirational, but the best way to improve is to just keep writing.
Let me know how it goes!
Bless you all,