The new year is upon us and almost everyone is thinking of ways to improve their selves. So I deiced to put together a little list of things you can do to help improve your writing for 2019.
#1 Write every day! I know I say this all the time and if your sick of hearing it I am sorry because I am no where near sick of saying it. The best thing you can do for your writing is to write every single day. Holidays, weekends, birthdays. Don’t let yourself get side tracked. Stick to a word count or page count and since I am feeling generous I’ll say until you get into the swing of things at least 1000 words or two pages. Its not much, but it is the best thing you can do for your writing.
#2 Read every day! This is the golden rule. If you want to improve your writing you must read. For that matter if you want to write a book at all you need to read and not just whats in your genre. Branch out and try to read a book from the main genres. So romance might not be your thing or you might not care about fantasy. Reading from different genres help you discover different story telling techniques and you might just find that you really enjoy those genres after all. At the very lest you should shoot for one book a month. As a side note I count audio books for this rule. I listen to about two and a half books a week and physically read one a week. For someone who doesn’t have a whole lot of free time, if I can do it so can you.
#3 Join a Facebook group for writing! Connecting with others is important. Finding like minded individuals that also want to write a book is very helpful. There are so many different groups out there that chances are you’ll be able to pick a choose. I am apart of one group that is for people who self-publish. We give constructive feedback on each others covers, blurbs, and story ideas. Each day is structured and that helps everyone get their problems answered. The group is full of veteran and new authors so there’s a good mix and I always have my questions answered and am able to help where I can.
#4 Consider taking a writing class! This one hits close to home for me. Its no secret that I have pretty horrible grammar. So this year I am taking the steps to improve it with a class on grammar. That being said if you have the opportunity to take a class for writing. Be it an English comp class, a creative writing class, or a refresher course I urge you to go for it and better yourself. As writers we are always improving and the more you read and write, the better your work becomes. However there is no substitute for a good teacher. If you have the opportunity to take a class with someone who can spot a grammatical error from five miles away, then take it and learn from it.
#5 Publish your work! Kindle Direct Publishing, KDP is my go to for publishing. There is no cost to you the author and your work will be on the worlds largest bookstore. There are possibilities of getting into brick and mortar stores and libraries. You may not think your ready and your work maybe rusty, but finding an editor on a site like Fiverr is easy and affordable. You owe it to yourself to give your writing a chance. So this year get your work out there and read. You’ll learn so much along the way and feedback both good and bad is always helpful. Even if the work is short, I personally love a quick read via my kindle and there’s always the possibility that you’ll make a few bucks on your writing. Between my wife and I we go through at least fifty bucks a year on ebooks ranging from .99 – 9.99 and that’s just ebooks. If you book is long enough to be in paperback form, well lets just say there’s a reason I have a small library in my house. Get your work edited, then publish it. Who knows you might end up being a best seller. You’ll never know unless you try.