5 Things This Writer Learned So You Don't Have to

By on June 23, 2016

A good writer is always looking for ways to improve their craft. They are in a constant state of learning, and will always be on the hunt for new tips and techniques to try. Writers often learn best by sharing their experiences, and it can be trial and error to find out what it is that works best for them.

So what have I learned as a writer so far? Here are some things I wish I knew right from the very start!

The more you read the more inspired and motivated you become.

One of the greatest things about being a writer is that reading great books is all part of the work. I used to read fairly regularly, but since I have started writing more, I realised this needs to be a constant activity that I do. When I am reading a great book I feel excited and inspired to write my own. I am constantly influenced and amazed by what I have read. Reading is, without a doubt, the best way to learn how to be a great writer.

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Free your mind

Don’t be scared of ‘bad’ ideas - just write them down and come back to them later. The amount of weird things I have written in my notebook - things that I have written in the middle of the night that seem totally brilliant at the time and then…are actually nonsensical drivel come the morning! It is good to get into the habit of writing everything down. Not everything turns into a usable idea but it is the only you’ll be sure you don’t miss anything.

Be strict with yourself

Unfortunately, without a writing routine it is so easy to get off-track, get distracted by all the other things going on in your life and put your writing to one side. In order to be a writer, you need to write. We all know it but how many of us actually make the effort to make regular space in our day for a writing? You can find the time. So make sure you do.

Learn how to take criticism

I didn’t let anyone read my writing for years. The first time I did I had to leave the room and wait outside the house until they had finished. At first, even letting your mum read something you have written can be terrifying, but the trick is to be brave, and  to do it more. The more you share your work the more feedback you’ll get and with it a thicker skin. Some people might not like what you have written. That’s OK. If they have something constructive to say, then take it, listen to it, learn from it and then prove them wrong!

Call yourself a writer, and believe it

It took me years to admit that I was a writer. I could barely believe it myself. When people asked what I did I would mumble, and only talk about the part-time desk job I had, even though by that stage I had plenty of freelance writing work. It took a while before I could announce ‘I am a writer’ and not think someone would laugh at me or somehow immediately give me a test to see whether or not I was any good. If you write, you are a writer, and you should wear that badge with pride!

These are 5 things I have learned on my writing journey so far, and I am sure there will be many more to come. What lesson have you learned along the way?

Bethany Cadman -author of 'Doctor Vanilla's Sunflowers'

Bethany Cadman -author of 'Doctor Vanilla's Sunflowers'

About Bethany Cadman

Bethany Cadman is an author and freelance writer. Her highly anticipated debut novel 'Doctor Vanilla's Sunflowers' is available on Amazon as both an eBook and a paperback. You can find it here - http://tinyurl.com/z47t8qf

9 Comments

  1. Crystal Nuckols

    August 4, 2016 at 9:35 am

    I found all these tips to be great advice. The last one, however, is pure genius. It took me such a long time to be able to admit to people face-to-face that I was a writer. I could tell them online without having to fear their expressions. But, I have come to realize that I was given a gift and it’s my job to use it!

  2. Julie

    January 11, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Wonderful article. Even as a declared writer, it is nice to re-affirm and be brave to continue the writing path. Thank you for your insight and positive outlook.

    • Bethany Cadman

      January 26, 2017 at 2:24 am

      Thanks for your lovely comments and I hope your writing is going well!

  3. Jim Porter, Sr

    January 11, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Another thing I’ve learned as a writer is to not spell learned as learnt in writing American English. Even my spell checker went berserk over learnt.

  4. Neliswa

    January 12, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Yah sure thank you very much for this article. I was also in the same predicament of not acknowledging that I am actually a writer, for fear of judgement since it’s not common especially as just a lay man like me. Writing is for sure a calling a special skill that we should stand proudly of. Let’s embrace being special as it is a special skill too

  5. Kristi

    January 12, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    These are tips are excellent and very helpful! I just co authored a devotional book. God has me moving with a sense of urgency to get back to writing, and writing consistently. The tip on receiving constructive criticism really hit home for me. I’m working receiving that criticism and not to take it personally. I’m learning that it will indeed improve my writing!

    • Bethany Cadman

      January 26, 2017 at 2:22 am

      Thanks for your lovely comments – good luck with your writing!

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