Beginning (and not-so-beginning) writers frequently ask how they can become a better writer.
I found this sage advice today, and love it. It’s both funny and deadly serious.
To those just starting out with writing, it probably sounds too trite and too simplistic. Yes, of course there are courses to take, techniques to learn, and tricks of the trade that more experienced writers can pass on. Paying attention to the shared wisdom of those who have gone before is always a good idea.
But in the end it all comes down to the ten steps listed in this poster.
Take the courses, learn the lessons, then put all that learning into action.
Taking action by writing something is the surest way to better writing, whatever genre or niche your writing falls into.
It’s been around a while and judging from the number of tweets and likes it’s got, I’m way slow in finding it. I don’t care about that. I’ve found it now :)
Epictetus said it in an even snappier way. He (apparently) said simply this:
If you want to be a writer, write!