Ali Hale serves as an inspiration for today. She’s the guest writer for Men with Pens under the post, How to Improve Your Writing. Ali suggested that the best way to improve as a writer is to keep writing. As any writer, I’m going through a dry spell. Musing over the keyboard, wondering what witty post I have for the day, fumbling over ideas, start pushing buttons on the keyboard, then resign in disbelief that nothing — no inspiration for the day.
Writing everyday, consistently, and inspired is such a huge challenge. Especially when you often suppress your inner voice because “I think this is what my readers want to read but am I writing it well enough to keep them reading?.” I have to try an advice from Chris Mower. He said,
” Years ago when I first started writing, I had a hard time knowing what to write or even how to portray that writing on paper with my voice. I was afraid of what other people would think (even in my personal, triple-password protected journal I was destructively careful).
I finally broke that chain when I forced myself to write down my thoughts: the good, the bad, the ugly, the sinful, the religious, and the downright embarrassing. I realized in that moment that I had a voice aching to break out.”
Ali also mentioned that a great writer must be a great reader. Find stories or copies that inspires me as a reader would then have me wondering why I’m so captivated by the writer’s work. In turn, I can find great tips and advice to help me get better.
Just Keep Going… what a great food-for-though for a Friday.