If you want to become a better writer, get ready to do some work. Because it won’t happen overnight, and not just because you want it to. You’re going to have to practice.
So… you want to be a writer?
This all begins with believing you already are a writer. So let’s start there. My own journey of becoming a writer was an awakening of sorts — to who I already was. Maybe yours will be similar.
A writer is a writer when he says he is.
Anyone who writes is a writer, but that doesn’t mean they’re a very good one. So let’s talk about how to become a better writer. We’ll begin with the basics — here are seven key lessons (with links to important articles about each):
- Writing is simple, but not easy.
- Before you get a larger audience, you have to get better.
- Practice makes you better; it’s the repetitions that make it effortless.
- Until you put your work out there, you’re only screwing around. Write for real.
On this page, you’ll find some of my best tips, articles, and resources to help you get started as a writer — to get better not only at the craft of writing but also at the art of communicating.
Before getting started
Before you begin writing, ask yourself these important questions:
- Why do I want to write?
- Who am I writing for?
- What’s my message?
- Have I found my voice yet?
- What am I willing to sacrifice for my craft?
- What won’t I give up?
Tips for when you begin.
I’ve coached and trained other writers for years. I’ve built a powerful personal brand and platform and used it to publish my work. I’ve experimented and seen as many failures as success. Through all of it, I want to use what I’ve learned to help other people.
So my hope this blog serves you in your writing journey in some way. I’ve written hundreds of articles here, which is a lot to sort through.
Build your platform.
Although writers need to write first for the craft, it’s not a bad thing to want to get published. But that’s a byproduct, not a goal (For the real writer, anyway).
Look. This isn’t just something that happens accidentally. You have to work at it. So how do you create work that earns you the attention of publishers, exactly? You build a platform.
These days, a lot of writers use blogs and the power of the Internet to get their writing discovered. There’s no reason you can’t do the same.