Writing is a love affair of words and emotion, but there is also much more to it. There is a lot of work that is involved that includes perfecting craft, plot, character and much more. A writer's journey never ends as he or she blazes the trail of art and soul. The further along that trail a writer travels, the more he or she realizes that perfection will never be achieved, only stages of good and bad writing; however, a writer can accomplish better writing by putting into practice two very important things. Are you ready for the most important advice you will ever get?
The best way to be a better writer is to read EVERYDAY and write EVERYDAY.
Does this sound familiar? It should, because that is the advice that all writers have received at one point or another in their interactions with other writers, taken writing classes, or read articles about writing. If you really want to learn better writing skills and habits, there is no better way than reading as much as you can and write as much as possible every single day.
This is easier said than done, because most people, like myself, live busy lives. Writing for some is a favorite past time or thing that they can do when all else is completed in the day. Schedules may already be at the max and adding more might be a stretch, but look closely and you might be surprised where some extra time can be made for writing and reading.
I challenge you to setup a schedule for the next month to see how much writing and reading you can possibly cram into each day. When that month is over I guarantee that your writing will have grown by leaps and bounds (I know this from experience from past writing challenges I given myself). I plan on taking part in an alternate NaNoWriMo challenge with this goal in mind. Join me with your own personalized challenge and see where it takes you!