What Do All Good Writers Have in Common?

All the best, most creative and colorful writers on the planet do two special things, every single day of their lives.

They Write
Growing and improving as a writer takes practice. Lots and lots of practice. The kind that only comes from writing daily.

It also involves soliciting and incorporating feedback you can trust, from people who can evaluate your words objectively and provide honest input … “This part confused me,” or “I found the unusual character names distracting.” (Thank you, Judy).

They Read
I’m not talking about a casual reading of the Sunday newspaper headlines, or picking up a magazine article once in great while. Reading is not something good writers only do on rare occasions. Quite the contrary. To be a really good writer requires lots of reading.

Tons of it.

Every. Single. Day.

I’m always surprised when I hear an author-wannabe make a comment like, “I’m not much of a reader.”

How can that possibly be?

How do you know what good writing looks like, if you don’t see it regularly? How can you possibly be creative or innovative, when you don’t know how others have structured their stories? Can you really find your way through a novel without studying plot resolution?

Frequent reading also teaches you, in the most pleasant way possible, correct spelling, sentence structure and grammar. You absorb what’s “right” … or at least what works … without instruction or lectures.

It’s important to repeat both steps frequently. It’s like anything else — the more you do it, the better you get, and the easier it becomes.

As a kid, when I first learned how to ride a bike, I wasn’t very good at it. Like most bike-riding newbies, I was the wobble all over, hope I don’t fall, kind of kid. As I got feedback … “Keep pedaling!” or “Look straight ahead!” … I improved. I became determined to master it.

The more I practiced, the better I got.

It works that way with writing, too.

Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, the more you read, the more you learn about how to present your information. The more you write, the better you should be.

Early on, I took this quote from one of my favorite authors, Ray Bradbury, to heart: “Write. Read. Repeat.”

If you do the same, I can guarantee one thing …

It’s a formula that will improve your writing.


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3 Responses to “What Do All Good Writers Have in Common?”

  1. Don Massenzio Says:

    Reblogged this on Don Massenzio's Blog and commented:
    Here is a great post from the Painting with Light blog on what all good writers have in common.


  2. Bob Wonnacott Says:

    Terrific advice to those of us emerging writers. Thank you for posting this as a reminder that it takes a lot of reading to become accomplished at writing. Enjoyed meeting with you at Leon & Lulu’s Books and Authors show this spring. I’m ready to get another one of your books.

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