So with the lack of ability to think of anything to write about I thought what is it that I want to accomplish from writing everyday? Simple. It was the idea to become a better writer. Although this blog isn’t in the format of anything professional like a book or report, I think just the act of attempting to put words into ideas can help me out.
Approaches to Becoming a Better Writer
So, just like my other posts, I’m not an expert and I literally just compile all the information that I find and try to come up with a call to action I can take. So I like the way that Grammarly approached their “7 Ways You Can Become a Better Writer”. Because they focus on things you can put into practice that will develop your skills in the long run.
Grammarly says to: 1. Read books, 2. Make great titles, 3. Read books, 4. Revise your work (Lololol I don’t really do this rn), 5. Focus on the 5 senses, 6. Figure out your bad habits, 7. Learn & use new words
But those aren’t the steps
While great advice I can’t really use them all right away and it’s not really something I can keep track of. I mean not expecting immediate results but I like to be able to measure progress. So keeping that in mind here are the 4 steps that I’m going to be taking to hopefully allow me to become a better writer.
4 Habits of an Aspiring Writer
1. Write An Article Everyday
lol, simple enough. If you want to get better at something you should practice it everyday. Contrary to majority of the blogs I think the best approach is to write without thinking. Just brain dump the thoughts onto a page so that I can at least put something out there.
“Be willing to write badly” – Jennifer Egan
This is probably just a personal tip as i have difficulty expressing what’s going on in my head so I think continuing this is a great idea. Another great tip to adjust with this is to rid the first and last paragraph of what I write. This works because it take time for me to prep my writing style, gather my ideas and deleting them actually rids the fluff. (Although I think I’m going to keep them for the blogs, it allows me to measure how much fluff I can decrease over time)
2. Summarize your ideas
I’ve unintentionally been doing this already, but it makes me feel good because it means I’m on the right track. I’ve always tried to write a tl;dr after writing my posts because if I was a reader I wouldn’t read any of it. So if you’ve made it this far I applaud you. But the reason why it’s a good idea is that it allows you to become more precise with your words and cut out the fluff.
“If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.” – Albert Einstein
I’ve gotten into the habit of writing tl;dr’s because I’ve noticed that pretty much all non-fiction books are structured the same where you only are required to read about 10-20 pages to get the main points. The rest is all fluff, or explanation that isn’t a necessity for you to take action. They’re nice to know facts but are the actions you need to take.
lol so point is? summarize.
3. Read or Learn Something New
Clearly, it’s difficult to figure out things to write. So to counteract the brain freezes I need to take the avid attempt to continuously learn. It is also beneficial to read authors that I like (Walter Isaacson), so you subconsciously learn and pick up the habits of the greats! And by doing so I can start picking up my bad writing habits and attempt to change them. (^ changing pronouns too often).
4. Keep Notes of Ideas & Titles
Along with reading or learning everyday, much like my approach with brain dumps. I need to take notes on all the ideas that come in my head so I don’t forget them when I decide to sit down and write. The other benefit of taking notes of ideas is that it gives me an opportunity to think of captivating titles. This can also lead to another article of how to write eye-catching titles (I remember reading an article of like the 5 best formats of titles or something). But in the mean time, an actionable item would be, whenever you find an article that you want to read. Make a note of it and try to determine what caught your attention so you can use it, the next time you start writing again.
Become a Better Writer By:
Brainstorm catchy title ideas –> Learning something new –> Write a tutorial/explanation –> Summarize –> Repeat
- View the Log
- Day 1: The 30 Day Challenge
- Day2: Baby Steps and Procrastination
- Day 3: Self Discipline
- Day4: Presence and Mindfulness
- Day 5: Diet, Supplements and Lifestyle Changes
- Day6: 4 Habits of an Aspiring Writer
Short 2 articles but will continue