10 Easy Ways to Steadily Improve Your Writing Skills

"How can I improve my writing skills?"

That's the question every writer asks, no matter if they're writing book one or twenty. As writers, we're always looking for ways to improve our writing skills. However, what if I told you that while you can't magically improve your writing skills, there's 10 easy steps you can take to help improve them. Here's 10 ways you can use to improve your writing skills, no matter the level, today.

Letting Go of Your Writing Fears

Have you ever worked a long time on your writing just to have someone critique everything about your piece? Maybe someone told you it sounded like a first draft even though it was the tenth. I'm sure every writer has been there at least once. But getting over our writing fears is how we grow as writers. It takes courage to have someone take your work and circle everything with a red pen. You can let go of your writing fears by learning to embrace critiques and rejection.

Planning and Writing the First Draft (of anything!)

Writing the first draft is one of the most exciting things in a writer's journey. This is the first time you're working with your characters/information and putting it down into prose for your audience. However, it can also be daunting to write and finish the first draft. Sometimes there's a lot to keep track of, and you want to make sure you're putting yourself in a good position for when you start making revisions. Also depending on your work's length, it can take a long time to finish the first draft. But how do you write a good first draft? Let's find out!

Blank Pages: How to fill them with Meaningful Words

Whether you write digitally or on a sheet of paper, all your writing starts with a single blank page. However, once you start to fill the page with words, you doubt yourself. You then decide to erase and rewrite what you wrote.

It's not a secret that writing is a process. There's drafting, outlining, character creation, and structuring your narrative. That means the words you write will go through multiple edits as you work through the piece.

Yet how do you start filling your blank page with meaningful words? Here's a few tips on how you can write content that makes it into your final draft.

Can Writing Be Taught? My Unique Take on This Topic

Every writer has their own opinion on the topic. Some believe it's nearly impossible to learn from classes while others think that this craft can be studied under a teacher. You'll find hundreds of differing opinions on this topic, and the answer usually depends on the outlook of the writer.
Can writing be taught? Well, my unique take is this: if you really want to learn the art of writing, of course writing can be taught -- but it might not be in a traditional classroom setting. Here's how.