It’s far better for you to learn structure and good thinking habits early, and work on the mechanics later.
Think of it from an editor’s point of view: A poorly written but well-structured piece of writing can be polished.
Thirdly, you have an insatiable desire to learn anything and everything to improve your writing, the openness to accept constructive criticism and the commitment to sit with your bloated prose and edit until it sparkles. And learning to improve our writing can feel like solitary confinement without guidance and reassurance.
We can learn from teachers, from workshops, from books, but ultimately success is up to us, alone with our notepad or laptop.
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They typically describe themselves in one of three stages: You’re a brand-new writer who felt an inner switch flip on, and now a river of ideas is pouring out of your head.You’re ready to write fiction, or use the life lessons you’ve learned to help others through your blog, but you’re struggling to share your own ideas in your own voice.You recognize that your writing is solid, but it lacks warmth and sparkle.Marvel at the perfectly placed and exquisitely balanced use of illusion, surprise and metaphor, and crave to imitate it.Because if you don’t learn to appreciate the music and poetry in other writers’ work, you’ll never cultivate it in your own.Secondly, you need to develop an ear and eye for the flow of language.Good writing has a rhythm, that deliberate cadence the writer creates in your mind as you read.You know your writing needs work – lots of work – but you are compelled to keep writing because you feel powerless to staunch the flow. What to read: Ideally, you should be reading both books on mechanics and structure.But the books on the mechanics of language will likely bore you to death right now.A few weeks in a newsroom with a couple of crusty copyeditors exploded that attitude. Objectively, unemotionally and dispassionately analyzing your writing is one of the most valuable skills you can develop to further your writing opportunities.And as a side benefit, you’ll also be able to handle scathing criticism from ruthless editors.