Today I like to introduce something a little different than the conventional topics we find here but I can assure you there are some similarities with what’s written in this post and blogging.
This post is written by Alvina Lopez, a freelance writer and a blogger.
As bloggers and Internet-based writers, we often place a stronger emphasis on content over considerations about style and work habits. However, for centuries writers have given general writing advice that can still apply to bloggers, despite the differences in medium. The most important aspect of writing that many forget is the actual process of writing. While individual writers have certain idiosyncrasies, as author interviews on magazines like the Paris Review demonstrates, there are a few characteristics that are true of all great writers. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
1. There is no writing, only rewriting
Because blogging makes it so easy for writing to be instantly published, those of us who are mostly Internet writers may have a tendency to forget the importance of editing. I’m not talking about just a cursory grammar and spell check; I’m talking about the kind of editing in which you write a first draft, let it sit for a few days, then return to it again with a fresh mind and a desire to make substantive changes.
2. Reading may be just as important in improving your craft as is the act of writing
While MFA programs and writer’s conferences have tried, with varying degrees of success, to turn the study of writing into a science, it’s really quite simple write a lot and read a lot. If you aren’t an avid reader, you will never be a great writer. And you don’t have to read high-brow literary fiction to reap the benefits. Just read whatever interests you. Read what you would like to some day write.
3. Find a happy medium between forcing yourself to write every day and waiting for the so-called “muse”
There tend to by two types of amateur writers. One believes that he can only write when the spirit moves him, when the stars have aligned and he feels “inspired.” On the other hand, there’s the industrious aspiring writer who believes that two or three hours of writing even if it’s drivel will somehow make him a literary or journalistic great. Of course, the latter is much closer to the truth than the former, but it’s good to find a happy medium. Establish a set schedule or writing practice routine that leaves room for flexibility. Don’t force it too much, but don’t think it’ll magically come either.
4. Dabble in different genres and forms
Many beginning writers will stick to their specific genre like short stories, magazine articles, or plays. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with that, consider the benefits of branching out. For one, it helps to write in different styles and modes when you think that your writing may be getting stale. It gives you a break from the monotony. Writing in other genres will also open your mind to different ways of looking at your forte. For example, if you usually write short stories, then writing plays will give you a more finely tuned ear for dialogue, something that can definitely improve your short fiction.
5. Make sure your heart is truly in it. Don’t write for pay or even simply recognition. These are the icing, not the cake
Writing is often a thankless job materially. Unless you hit it big, you’ll be making pittance from it, and even name recognition is no longer as viable considering the millions of online voices clamoring for attention. As such, you won’t ever be a great writer if you place these sorts of rewards above the reward of writing for its own sake. Don’t dream of “being a writer.” Just write, and maybe your dreams will follow.
Alvina Lopez is a freelance writer and blog junkie, who blogs about accredited online colleges. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: alvina.lopez @gmail.com.
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