Archive for May, 2012

Developing your writing skills: self-improvement for writers.

How many of us take time out of our busy writing schedules to focus specifically on improving our ability to write?

I called a friend of mine recently (we share the same writing passion) to pass on some vital information and after the usual chit-chat I asked him what he was doing at that particular time. It was a Saturday morning. He told me that he had allocated that whole day for reading; reading articles, eBooks and stuff he had gotten from the internet to help sharpen his writing skills. I thought to myself, what a lovely idea, devoting a whole day to an activity that doesn’t involve writing but contributes to your writing career!

 

Do writers have to spend all their waking hours scribbling or typing away till their fingers ache? I don’t think so. I believe there is a place for investing in self-improvement to become even more productive. Take some time off your routine writing and think about activities you can engage in to make you a better writer. I know this may not be easy, especially for writers on contract or when you have a number of clients waiting but remember that your future as a writer depends on what you do today. The sum of activities and decisions made in your present are a good indication of future outcomes. Try to invest in your tomorrow today.

You may be asking, so what can I do to improve my writing skills?

For starters, ask yourself where you want to be in the next 2 – 5 years. What kind of a writer do you want to be? Are you likely to change what you are doing now, e.g. from writing articles for sale to writing your own books and publishing? The goals you have set for your writing career will determine what you need to do. However, there are those basic things that every writer must engage in to develop themselves further regardless of their particular interests. My favorite one is reading (I wrote an earlier post on this entitled The Reading Writer. You can find it in the archives). Another one is mentorship or being mentored.

Let’s talk about these items next time. For now, keep mulling over what you need to do to develop yourself as a writer.

All the best,

Edna.

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Why You Need a Writing Mentor is an ebook about the need for writers to be mentored, especially for those who are just starting out on their writing career. It highlights the various ways in which mentoring can take place, how to recognize a good mentor and the benefits of being mentored.

The book is already available on Kindle at all Amazon stores.

If you visit any of the Amazon stores and look for the book between 4th and 8th June 2012, you will be able to get a FREE COPY! It is my way of saying “thank you” to all my supporters on this blog. You guys are great!

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I would also appreciate your take on the book – what do you think about it? You can give your opinion in the comment box below.

Thanks.

Edna.

E-book Release!

Finally!

I have just published my first e-book entitled Why You Need A Writing Mentor. It is already available on Kindle at the Amazon Stores.

Please check it out at Amazon and click the ‘like’ button. Buy yourself a copy and let me know what is your opinion.

Thanks.

Your Personal Writing

Writing is a process – a journey into a world where sometimes the end is not very clear at the beginning but you have to write anyway. Sometimes it’s hard, sometimes it’s easy but you have to keep at it if you really want to become a good writer. The best writers usually do one thing; they write and keep on writing, and they don’t give up. Quality is more important than quantity.
Your writing must have value and that is usually found in the eyes of the reader. Think about excellence and style. Develop your own style and avoid aping someone else’s. As a beginner on the path of writing start with simple exercises. Don’t overstrain yourself with difficult subjects or complex ideas. For instance, write a paragraph of your thoughts every morning. Don’t worry about whether it makes sense or not. The idea is to keep the writing flame going till you can develop something more interesting. Build on this and work your way towards a whole page then two pages and so on. This particular exercise helps to develop your ability to communicate honestly from your heart. Write whatever comes into your head and don’t despise it; it could be good material for future use. Focus more on the process not the product.

How has your experience been with your own writing? Keep me informed via the comment box.

Cheers!

I Must Write

I write as I must
I write because I must write
I cannot wait till tomorrow – will be too late

Tender shoots springing up cannot be ignored
The strains of words I hear must grow louder
Till the notes and poems are brought to life

I cling to new indelible thoughts
I hold fast passing waves of notions
I prod the swollen stream of ideas
That burst open soon as I will to write

The shores of my intellect teem
With graceful curvature of verse upon verse,
Totally free and green
Decked with wonderful inspiration;
Comforting and uplifting.

I therefore must write, if not for myself,
To produce new thoughts as fresh fruits of a tree;
Then at least to complement the voices of other writers
Welling up in this wide ocean of creative writing.