Creative Writing

How To Improve Your Writing Skills?

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly – they’ll go through anything. You read, and you’re pierced.”

–Aldous HuxleyBrave New World

It’s a tricky question to answer, especially for an amateur like me, but still, I’ll try to test my writing skills. The format is of a person sharing a few tips with her best friend with a coffee and pen.

First, you can’t write anything worthwhile if you don’t have read enough to overwhelm your brain. The best readers are the best writers. Reading is the input, and writing is the output. Forget about writing. Just keep on reading. I.e., focus on information, not on production.

Second, while writing, keep in mind that at least one reader loves your works. She can be your friend, family member, teacher, or relative. Write to her, telling the stories of success and failure, pain and healing, joy and suffering. Be personal. Be emotional. Be authentic.

Third, don’t write for the general audience in the beginning. Write to your boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse, and don’t ask for feedback. You’re expressing your love to them through a tool called writing and nothing else. You can also devote your writing to express gratitude to the Creator for giving you the beautiful gift of creativity.

Fourth, believe that you’re capable of writing well. There is no such thing as good art or bad art if you’re not doing it professionally. No one can force you to change anything unless they pay you with the equal value of your work. It’s your journey of exploration. Writing is merely a tool. It’s a spiritual practice connecting you to your higher Self.

Fifth and last, please don’t focus on earning through writing in the initial stage of your journey. Concentrate your energies on releasing the blocks that unconsciously force you to do things that propel you towards failure, depression, and poverty. Remember, writing aims not to generate income but to explore the unconscious within you.

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