Updated: Jul 8, 2021
I joined the writing community on February 7th, 2021, and I've loved it ever since. It is where I go to for support, and I cherish every single person who considers me their friend. There are plenty of things I have learned from being in such a welcoming community, some things useful, some things utterly sweet, and nothing that was negative in any way, shape, or form. Similarly, my hope has always been to make this blog a community as well, a community that can give you the support you need <3 Without further ado, here are some tips that have really helped me grow and improve my writing, all thanks to my wonderful friends :) Read on, and enjoy!
Reading my work aloud has helped me so much. I found that listening to podcasts and audiobooks has enhanced my writing skills and honed in on the talents that were buried inside. It's like seeing your work through a new lens, essentially—and I see much clearer now. I read somewhere that "reading your work aloud is like running your hand over a piece of wood you've been sanding" and I couldn't agree more. You'll find rough patches and splinters that you couldn't see before, but once spoken aloud, only you can decide if the words work with each other, based on how pleasant they sound coming from your mouth.
I learned that my story is solely mine. No one has the same idea, same concept, same twist, or same plot. You may see similarities between your work and someone else's (especially if that work is widely popular), but they aren't identical, nor will they ever be. Everyone writes in their own way, and each mind is extraordinarily unique beyond compare. It's important to remember that and cherish it until your hands stop typing or pen slips from your fingertips.
Staying around others who want me to improve has been a huge change in my life. Before, I cowered back from sharing my work and passion because demoralizing people told me to. But, they were the problem. Not me, nor my writing. A crucial tip is to find yourself around people who want to see you succeed, who take pride in your efforts, and respect you as an author, writer, friend, and person. Find people who share your taste, and understand the genre you're writing in. There will always be people out there trying to antagonize you and run you down to empty pages, but you can't let them. Instead, you have to find those who will lift you up and push you in ways that feel constructive and energizing.
The last tip that has helped me is remembering to write something I love. Doing something because I love doing it. Sharing a story because I desire to be a storyteller. Write what holds your interest, and what excites you to be the person you always imagined yourself to be. If your calling is writing, chase it. Chase it until you're breathless and full of spirit because time and time again, it will try to escape. But you can't let the opportunity slip from your hands. So, write what you're passionate about until the thing trying to run away from you grows to love you, instead. And it will, believe me. Believe in yourself.
These are some tips that I constantly remind myself of to become a better writer. I know life is not a straight path, but reminding myself of what I'm aiming towards gives me a clearer view of where I'm going. And I hope it does that for you. Even if you get the tiniest glimmer of light, that's enough. It's a start, and it's the beginning of a journey that you don't want to lose sight of.
Thank you if you've made it this far! My schedule has been off the rails lately, but I'm slowly crawling back to my old routine of posting twice a week! I have a super fun post coming in the next two weeks (hint hint: it may or may not be a debut book review *wiggles eyebrows*) so stay tuned for that! I'll see you in the next post, Honey Scribblers! xx