How To Get Better at Writing

The Question

You’ve asked the question, been asked the question. “How you do get better at writing?”  We keep asking and still the answer seems to elude us. Worse, the reason for the question haunts us.

  • The doubts that the last thing we wrote was ‘good enough’ –even when all your friends said it was great.
  • The frustration of reading someone else’s stuff and feeling your stomach sink, knowing your stuff just isn’t this good.
  • Stumbling across something you wrote last year (or last decade!) and realizing it doesn’t look much different from the stuff you wrote yesterday.

The Answer

How you do get better at writing? How do you get to where you can actually sell what you write, versus give it away? Here’s some sage advice from–believe it or not— an erotica writer. Whatever you might think of that genre, the advice here is rock solid.

“When you’re first starting out, you need to write, write, write.
Write garbage, write great, it doesn’t matter, just write. You need
to get yourself into the habit of writing all the time. Pump out
some stories and publish them, get the feel for how self-publishing works. Your first few stories will probably not do much for you
in the long run anyways, so now is the time to learn how to use keywords, blurbs, titles, covers, etc. If you screw up, it’s not
affecting your long game.

The second thing about quantity is your writing is going to
improve over time. Quantity in your catalog leads to quality
in your writing. Quality in your writing leads to quantity in
your sales. In that order. The more you write and read, the
better stories you are going to be able to produce. The key is
not to procrastinate, start knocking out shorts left and right,
you aren’t going to make money any other way.”

The Conclusion

There it is: the same old answer you got, you gave, and here someone who makes their living writing tells you again. Just Write More. That’s not to say you don’t need to learn anything or try anything new along the way. You will, want to or not. But the basic advice is simple: Write More. And the rest will happen like magic.

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About Gordon DeLand

Author, speaker, ex-Navy and ex-preacher and ex-several other things. Grew up in the wilderness of Madison County, New York State. Officially retired, currently residing Chicago but have lived on all four coasts and Hawaii. Maybe someday I'll retire back to New York. But not yet.
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